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MOSCOW, DECEMBER 28, 2020. PIR PRESS. “Asking the question about the prospects for establishing common positions within the CSTO on key issues of nonproliferation and disarmament, one should, first of all, remember the current goals of the organization and why the CSTO was created”, ‒ Nadezhda Kulibaba, PIR Center intern.


Dear colleagues and friends!

In the coming holiday season, we would like to wish you and your friends and family the very best of health. We also hope that 2021 brings you peace,  prosperity, exciting prospects and long-standing success.


“This was a journey. Thank you for taking the journey with us. You had so many good ideas, and we are looking forward to capturing those ideas and putting forward some new ideas”, ‒ Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, USA).


On December 15, a regular meeting of the PIR Center Executive Board, its governing body, took place.


“We must learn to anticipate the consequences of the development of new dangerous military technologies and classes of weapons through timely political and legal steps. Otherwise, we will again face a long and exhausting arms race and the emergence of severe crises and confrontations, ”- Senior Advisor, Vice President of the PIR Center (2003-2013), Lieutenant-General of the Foreign Intelligence Service Gennady Evstafiev (1938-2013).


The telebridge participants really got into the role, and sometimes their speeches could not be distinguished from the speeches of the official representatives of Russia and the United States. Students took a useful inventory of the contradictions in US-Russian relations and highlighted the areas that will require the most difficult work under the next administration”, – Sergey Semenov, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program Coordinator.


 “A generation of highly professional but one-sided specialists is growing. I teach my students that everything that they do in the technical sphere can also have political consequences. Everything in society is connected”, -  Alexander Fedorov, Member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.


"Pandemic has vividly illustrated that deficit of international cooperation as to the security of ICT benefits malicious actors. Young experts from Russia, the USA, Europe could make a positive contribution to building up a dialog to tackle this problem", – Oleg Shakirov, PIR Center Consultant.


On November 27, the second Timerbaev Debate took place online as part of the Dual Degree Master's Program in Nonproliferation Studies (Moscow State Institute of International Relations – Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey – PIR Center).


"The development of nuclear energy in Saudi Arabia is a forward-looking and important task. The State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” has every chance to become one of the KSA’s key partners in the development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy because it already has extensive experience in working with nuclear newcomer countries in difficult climatic conditions with lack of the necessary infrastructure", ‒ Inna Rodina, PIR Center intern.