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 «The intriguing plot around the future host of the White House for the next several years is unveiling right now – and the outcome is not clear yet neither for myself, nor for our reviewers Dmitry Evstafiev и Yury Fedorov, who have devoted a number of pages to the results of the Washington pre-election fight, nor for our polemists Christopher Ford and Thomas Graham who observe the developments of the campaign from the inside and express support their candidates — Ford to Romney, Graham to Obama», — writes Vladimir Orlov, the editor-in-chief of Security Index journal in his editorial.



“After 20 years, we still live in a world with growing nuclear risks. Expectations of enhanced global security after the end of the Cold War gave way quite soon to a gradual tightening in the positions of some major international actors, while new states became nuclear-armed ones. In addition, nuclear terrorism almost impossible to deter, has emerged as a very tangible threat. Today we can say that the world is much more complex and uncertain than at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. There are still nuclear weapons stockpiles totaling 20.000, many on high alert, deployed in 14 countries”, -  Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.


“Autumn of 1962 when the Caribbean crisis erupted was the most terrible period of modern history. It was the time when the world faced the threat of nuclear war. Mutual nuclear destruction of two opposing superpowers has never been so real and inevitable. The Cuban missile crisis showed how close the world came to a nuclear exchange between the two over armed superpowers. Despite the past 50 years since that horrific US-Soviet confrontation in Cuba the world has not become more stable. As long as nuclear weapons exist, the world will be a very insecure place”, - Ambassador (ret.), High Representative of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), Sergio Duarte.


“Even nowadays, in Tehran or elsewhere, the lesson of Cuban missile crisis is well learnt: if it smells real, not newspaper trouble, Russians and Americans would arrange it between themselves, behind closed doors, with no reflections with regard to betraying their friends. Indeed, in modern international relations just as half a century ago there is no place for such categories as friends. Everything is defined by interests, and is there an interest stronger than survival?” – Vladimir Orlov, President of PIR Center.


"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.


"Creation of a Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East is inseparably linked to the ongoing Middle East peace process. Luckily there is a feedback as well: development of sustained dialogue on the Zone can in turn facilitate the Middle East peace process, leading to creation of favorable atmosphere for further negotiations" - Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Security Index Journal Editorial Board member Sergey Ryabkov.


“I assume that a Romney Administration would attempt to press more vigorously for modernization of the U.S. nuclear weapons and infrastructure, would be less sympathetic to the prospect of further reductions, and would much more strongly resist limitations upon the U.S. missile defense.” – Christopher Ford, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute.


“Will the USA go as far as to employ military force to resolve Iranian crisis? The answer is ambiguous. The very fact that military solution of the problem is not excluded is used as an instrument of pressure on Iranian leadership. Iran experiences real threat from the USA and prepares to counter it. Some experts reckon that the threat of American attack urges Iranian leadership to speed up  their nuclear weapon production process” - Vitaly Tsygichko, Chief Research Fellow of the Institute for System Analysis of Russian Academy of Sciences.


«Nuclear and information technologies have become tightly interconnected. Civil nuclear infrastructure is becoming unprecedentedly vulnerable to cyber threats. Information technologies make impact on strategic positions of a nation state in the world. They also can be useful for tackling new challenges in the field of nonproliferation. In its turn, the experience of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control regimes would be useful for decision making in the field of international regulation of cyberspace», - PIR Center intern Maxim Simonenko.


“Mankind will never stop searching for new means of warfare. For example, today we intensified the process of the reduction of nuclear weapons - but not for the fact that this process will be brought to its logical end. And the more intense the elimination of nuclear weapons is, the more we should think about what will come to replace them,” - Member of PIR Center Executive Board, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Chief Research Officer at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Natalia Kalinina.