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PIR Center team warmly thanks our friends, partners and colleagues for their kind New Year wishes.


Head of the Korea and Mongolia Department at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Alexander Vorontsov, Chair of International Relations Department in Okan University Mustafa Kibaroglu, Head of verification and security policy coordination at the IAEA until 2012 г. Tariq Rauf, Head of the Department of Regional Programs of Russkiy Mir Foundation Georgy Toloraya and Deputy Director of the Department on New Challenges and Threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry Dmitry Feoktistov join PIR Center's Advisory Board.


"In the dialogue between Russia and ASEAN countries on terrorism and transnational organized crime, the role of ‘one-and-half-track’ cooperation where government experts would work hand in hand with non-governmental - in particular - research and academic institutions should be increased. The two issues that have to be given priority in this dialogue are: first, the ways to counter the threat of WMD-terrorism, and second, the cooperation in the field of cyber security" said the PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov at the annual ASEAN-Russia Joint Working Group meeting devoted to counter-terrorism and transnational crime, held in Bangkok from 17 to 20 September.


"It is known that Iran has informally approached the Secretariat of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) for membership in this organization. There was no positive decision. Why? The main reason is that since 2007 Iran is in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) black list. This is not because someone does not like Iran. The reason is that the Iranians do not fulfill what they have repeatedly promised to do, in particular - to adopt a law on combating the financing of terrorism. FATF assesses states' actions, not their promises - thus, considering Iran's inaction, removing Iran from the FATF black list is out of question. The same is true for the prospects of Iran joining the EAG", - Deputy Director, Department on New Challenges and Threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry, member of the PIR Center Advisory Board Dmitry Feoktistov.