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The Shangri-La Dialogue was held in Singapore on June 10-12 for the first time after a two-year break and has become a significant event in international politics. This Asian Security Forum is attended by more than 20 countries of the Asia-Pacific region. However, the American and Chinese delegations, as well as their headings, defense ministers Lloyd Austin and Wei Fenghe respectively, attracted the greatest interest. The parties exchanged polemical blows regarding their attitude to the events in Ukraine, as well as to the flaring crisis around Taiwan.


On June 2, 2022, PIR Center held a Midweek Brainstorming Session, an informal expert seminar, on the topic “Taiwan's Nuclear Potential and Regional Security Issues”. The report on the topic was delivered by Larisa Savelyeva, PIR Center Intern of the Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program, MSc graduate, Swedish Defense University (Stockholm, Sweden). This Midweek Brainstorming Session was held against the backdrop of the coming publication of a new PIR Center report “A New Nuclear Nine? Assessing the risks of nuclear proliferation in the world”, which will be released later this year.


The period from December 1991 to July 1992, from the point of view of registration of the succession of nuclear weapons located on the territory of the USSR at the time of its collapse, was transitional. On July 6, 1992, nine CIS States – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine – confirmed that they supported Russia's participation in the NPT as a nuclear-weapon state (NWS) and declared that they were ready to join the NPT as non-nuclear weapons states (NNWS). Thus, by this point the issue was legally closed. The issue of succession has been resolved, and the Russian Federation has become the rightful successor of the USSR in terms of possession of nuclear weapons. It was during these six months, or a little more, that the nuclear succession of the Russian Federation took shape, both legally and practically. This process was fraught with a number of difficulties, since the Soviet nuclear arsenal was distributed to almost all the now former Soviet republics, some of which saw this as an opportunity to significantly raise their status in the world community. This research paper contains the results of the PIR Center seminar "30 years of Russian nuclear succession", which brought together leading researchers and practitioners.


Vladimir Orlov, founder and director of PIR Center, held a meeting with Rafael Grossi, IAEA Director General. The parties discussed pressing issues and agreed to develop cooperation between PIR Center and the IAEA.


The result of the first trimester of 2022 for PIR Center was the international expansion of the PIR Alumni Community. Thus, the PIR Center Advisory Board was joined by Dayan Jayatilleka, the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation (2018-2020) and now a columnist of the business newspaper "Daily FT" and Sehlare Makgetlaneng, a visiting professor at the School of Public Studies of Northwestern University and researcher at the University of Limpopo, South Africa.


24 years ago, on May 28 and 30, 1998, Pakistan conducted its first and last nuclear test at the Chagai test site. Pakistan's nuclear program started in 1972 by the order of Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. The start of the program was prompted by the heavy defeat that Pakistan suffered from India after the last one intervened in the Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971. Its development was spurred on by the Indian nuclear test in 1974. In the same year, Abdul Qadeer Khan, later named “the father of the Islamic atomic bomb”, joined the program.


PIR Center continues a new section "PIR Test". This project in the form of a game carries equally educational, research and analytical meaning. Users are given the opportunity to take the test - to answer one of the designated questions. Our today's PIR Test is dedicated to uranium for the Manhattan project


On May 26, 2022, PIR Center's Director Dr Vladimir A. Orlov took part in the first meeting of the Strategic Planning Group of the Global Alliance of Leaders for Nuclear Security and Nuclear-Weapons-Free World, which was held in Vienna, Austria.


On Tuesday, May 24, Tokyo hosted the summit of the leaders of QUAD, an informal alliance of the United States, India, Japan and Australia aimed at containing the People’s Republic of China in the Indo-Pacific region. The summit mainly focused on discussing various anti-Chinese initiatives and the Ukrainian crisis. The summit, in addition to the first persons of the QUAD states, was attended by many other statesmen. Among them was former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who left his post due to health reasons in September 2020. This February, amid the Ukrainian crisis and growing tensions between Taiwan and mainland China, Abe suggested that Tokyo consider the idea of hosting on the Japanese territory nuclear weapons.


On May 26, 2022, Director of  PIR Center Dr Vladimir A. Orlov will take part in the first meeting of the strategic planning group of the Global Alliance of Leaders for Nuclear Security and Nuclear-Weapons-Free World, which will be held in Vienna, Austria.