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“I attach high priority to the deepening of dialogue between the expert communities of Russia and Cuba on key issues of international security, such as the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, terrorism prevention, and international information security,” PIR Center Founder & Special Advisor and Head of the Russian MFA Diplomatic Academy’s Center for Global Trends and International Organizations Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov emphasized, summarizing results of his recent trip to Cuba.


PIR Center and the Diplomatic Academy of Russian Foreign Ministry will hold an international conference “Emerging Technologies and Global Security: an Agenda for the 21st Century”. The Conference will take place in Moscow on September 29, 2016.


The 5th Moscow Conference on International Security has come to an end. The PIR Center Special Advisor and the Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Orlov commented on the outcomes of the Conference. 


“Attempts to have lethal robots operate in fully autonomous mode are unacceptable today, as current technology lacks the ability to accurately conform to the nuanced, context-dependent laws of targeting. However, we may eventually be capable of and compelled to use LARs in specific operational theatres. Thus, a timely dialogue and international consensus on their future is essential. However, an absolute ban on LARs, as advocated by such groups as Human Rights Watch and the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, appears to be premature for the moment,” – Elliot Serbin, Intern at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. 


The latest issue of the Global edition of Security Index journal summarizes key events in the field of global security over the second half of 2014 and even looks further ahead to 2015. It focuses on the ups and downs of the nuclear nonproliferation pays attention to a coming milestone event – the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).


"The UN is a relic of World War II, and it must undergo a profound reform; at the very least, that reform must change the way the UN Security Council operates. We need to prevent situations whereby the vote of a single UNSC member paralyzes the work of the entire organization and becomes a death sentence to tens or even hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in the conflict zone,” – writes the expert of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Shumilin for Security Index journal.


“Ukrainian crisis leads to increasing tensions and internal distrust between Russia and its CIS partners. Obviously, relations between Russia and current Ukrainian leadership or any of it successors, will be broken. Diplomatic relations, as well as some trade and economic cooperation between the two countries will continue. But let us make it clear, no Ukrainian politician, same as it was previously in Georgia,  will be able to pursue directions alternative to integration into Euro-Atlantic structures”, – Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations Konstantin von Eggert.


“Serious threat to the Middle East in 2014 will be the prospect of establishing an Islamic caliphate in the states of the Levant. If Russia and the U.S. will not be able to develop a common strategy to deal with this threat, the consequences could be frightening for the region and the world. It should be remembered that countering the threat of Sunni Islamism in the Middle East is impossible without Iran's participation”, – Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Halil Karaveli.


"The balance of relations in the Hanoi-Beijing-Moscow triangle should be preserved in the development of the Russian policy in the region. One of the global tasks here may be a gradual movement towards the reconciliation of China and Vietnam (in principle this process is already happening as we speak). This process may serve as a basis for a new political union, which is potentially very promising for Russia from both political and economic perspectives" — Dmitry Mosyakov, Director of the Centre for South East Asia, Australia and Oceania, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


“Clearly, the actions that fall under the sphere of soft power do not take immediate effect; the results of action or inaction are not apparent over the course of years, but rather decades, and we can now, two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, assess these results.” – Head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation, Konstantin Kosachev.