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The new issue of the Security Index journal is dedicated to the Russian-Western relations that have become rathertense due to the Ukrainian crisis, - so tense that experts speak about the cold war 2.0. The other important topics, discussed in the journal, are situation in Afghanistan after the troops’ withdrawal, the settlement of the Iranian unclear program. In addition, the authors address the subject of nonstrategic nuclear weapons, joint policy in cybersecurity, increase in combat capabilities.


“Priorities in international relations have changed. We need to abandon ideological and other superstitions and instincts, as well as intellectual inertia of the past. Rational policy, state pragmatism and creative approaches to conflict resolution are in demand. Bloc and hierarchical structures are being substituted with multilateral and network diplomacy, which implies various and probably cross-cutting forms of interaction between states to meet common challenges,” – writes the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in his article for the Security Index journal.


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


“Since January 20, 2014 the implementation of the interim agreement between Iran and P5+1 is under way. Now the main question should be: what do we expect next? Will we witness a “way forward” or a “roll back” scenario?” – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.



“The picture is by far more complex and difficult than many believe in Syria, and Resolution 1540 has a very direct relevance to this situation as it speaks not only about the governmental responsibility, but the other side’s responsibility as well. We do think that the risk of provocations is there and the crucial moment will come when the stockpile of chemicals will be removed from the Syrian territory. What will happen when these trucks with containers will go from places where this stuff is stored to the port for further transportation?” ­– Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.



“The realm of international security, which was in your focus during this module, is constantly evolving and changing. However this obstacle makes it even more interesting to follow. And it will require a lot of time and effort from you to succeed in this highly competitive field,” – Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov.


Ryabkov5“The creation of the global all-embracing, equal and indivisible security system is a reliable insurance today. Russia invariably voices support of the international law supremacy, the international relations democratization and the creation of the democratic model of world order on this base”, – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Sergey Ryabkov.


"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.


On October 4th, 2012 PIR Center will hold an international seminar “2012 Conference on the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Searching for Solutions”.


“Increasing the size of the Chinese nuclear arsenal at a moderate pace while at the same time improving its performance characteristics would be an adequate response to the development of anti-missile systems in the Asia-Pacific region; it would also be in line with China's no-first-use policy. Nevertheless, unless the American missile defense system in Asia is dismantled, or unless some path to U.S.–Chinese cooperation on missile defense is found, Beijing will not join the nuclear disarmament process”, – Alexander Kolbin, Executive Assistant to the PIR Center President.