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14.07.2017

“The new treaty provides for a total ban on nuclear weapons, as opposed to the status quo when five countries (Russia, USA, UK, France and China), which are also permanent members of the UN Security Council, possess nuclear weapons legally. The main document regulating this sphere today, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons  obliges nuclear weapons states only to "to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to nuclear disarmament,” – Andrey Baklitskiy PIR Center’s "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation Program" Director.

22.06.2017

“The Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is content-heavy, but it is not a comprehensive ban on this type of WMD. This is truly where its fundamental difference lies from disarmament conventions that prohibit biological and chemical weapons. The rush of the preparation of the document can be seen just by recalling how much time and effort was required by the NPT, and even the conventions on the banning of biological and chemical weapons, and on how carefully, using the UN General Assembly as a platform for measuring global public opinion, the Treaty of Tlatelolco was being prepared”, — member of the PIR Center Advisory Board, Honored Lawyer of the Russian Federation Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov.

02.05.2017

“The 2017 Vienna Prepcom will be difficult, with attempts to muddle through it, at best; or ugly and swampy, at worst. For different reasons, parties to the Treaty come to Vienna today full or irritations or disappointments. The only good news about this session: there are absolutely no illusions,” – Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Disarmament Matters, Special Advisor to PIR Center.

17.02.2017

“Issues of innovative technologies, so called “frontier disputes”, are moving forward from the periphery to the center of attention of the UN Secretary-General. Definitely. I was going to say “slowly, but steadily”. However, it would be inaccurate, because the process goes at full drive. The bureaucratic machine of multilateral diplomacy simply cannot keep pace with this tendency”, — Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, Special Advisor to the PIR Center.

27.10.2016

"Participants of the meeting noted the Iceland’s intention to use a historical event - the 30th anniversary of the meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev – as a signal that Iceland is ready to facilitate the resumption of the dialogue between the West and Russia on the issues related to European security, arms control and other areas where it is possible to find a common ground", - Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Special Advisor to PIR Center.

05.10.2016

In the course of the sixty-sixth session of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a working lunch with the members of the Advisory Board. Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, member of the Board, Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Founder & Special Advisor to PIR Center, took part in the meeting.

15.07.2016

In the new issue of the Security Index: Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO on DPRK nuclear testing and the future of the CTBTO, PIR Center’s recommendations for strengthening the international nuclear non-proliferation regime with comments by Sergio Duarte, High Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), Vadim Kozyulin on autonomous combat systems, Andrey Shkarbanov and Konstantin Stalmakhov on civil liability for nuclear damage, Kamal Gasimov on conflicts and squabbles within Syrian opposition, round table discussion on high-tech crime co-sponsored by CCI and PIR Center, Olga Mikhailova on cyber security of NPPs and critical infrastructure, Alyona Makhukova on Humanitarian initiative and the NPT review process.

08.07.2016

"Rapidly growing anti-nuclear coalition, which includes countries officially supporting the Humanitarian pledge or the statements on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, deserves to be substantively studied both theoretically as a stark example of several informal associations of states within the framework of an international treaty, and practically, as an important international relations factor of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament", — Alyona Makhukova, PIR Center's Research Fellow.

21.06.2016

“Today the nuclear nonproliferation regime faces a range of key challenges. These challenges fall under four main categories: ongoing difficulties with the implementation and universalization of the treaty, the disturbance of strategic stability, increasingly ineffective mechanisms of multilateral diplomacy, and a lack of progress towards establishing a WMD-free zone in the Middle East” — “Strengthening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime in 2016-2020”.

24.05.2016

“The humanitarian rhetoric has led to polarization in the NPT review process. A group of states with more radical approach regarding the nuclear disarmament is ready to delegitimize the possession of nuclear weapons through additional legal instruments. They have separated from a  wider group of states, which support increased pace of disarmament but are not ready for such drastic actions” — Alena Makhukova, PIR Center's Research Fellow.



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