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baklitsky.jpg''In April of 2008, the government of the United Arab Emirates announced its intention to collect bids to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. Abu Dhabi’s dynamic activity, which concluded with a contract awarded to the South Korean company KEPCO, showed that nuclear energy development in the Middle East will cease to be associated just with the risks and threats of nuclear weapons proliferation and is already becoming another high-yield industrial sector,” – PIR Center research fellow Andrey Baklitsky.


“Russia’s withdrawal from the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) will signal the end of the first phase of an amazing experiment. This international effort has helped avoid a massive brain drain of nuclear scientists, chemists, aerospace engineers, and biotechnology pioneers while increasing the difficulty of illicit access by desperate individuals and foreign agents to bomb-making expertise and materials that abound in the world’s largest country. Let us hope that a second, equally promising experiment with similar goals will soon begin,” - Glenn Schweitzer, the first Executive Director of the ISTC, 1992 – 1994.


“A distinctive feature of the current situation is that the majority of European states do not consider conventional arms a primary threat, one of the reasons that no new agreements have been reached. As a result, a number of Russia’s foreign partners suggest emphasizing potential cooperation on common European security rather than focusing on the threats,” – Oleg Shakirov, PIR Center Intern."


«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.


“Program of Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GP) and International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) have potential to support effectively such traditional mechanisms of nuclear proliferation prevention as NPT regime, IAEA safeguards, Security Council sanctions. Participation in GP and ISTC corresponds to Russian interests because this contributes to strengthening its prestige on international arena as proponent of nonproliferation regime” – Alexander Cheban, PIR Center intern.


“The image losses, which the nuclear sector has witnessed after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, have barely affected Russian companies, considerably hitting Rosatom competitors in the Middle East. At the same time the advantages of Russian state corporation connected to spent nuclear fuel withdrawal and extensive state support remained intact. However a number of Rosatom's new competitors either are in no way inferior in their capabilities (KEPCO) or can considerably bridge the gap in the nearest future (Chinese companies)”, - PIR Center intern Andrey Baklitskiy.


“The International Arms Trade Treaty is a bold and progressive initiative. A lot of complex issues will have to be agreed over the next 18 months. Meanwhile, Russia's position on this matter is clearly evolving. Russian experts have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the proposed treaty” – Director of the PIR Center Conventional Arms and ATT Project Vadim Kozyulin.