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Joint Communique by U.S. President Truman, UK Prime-Minister Attlee and Canada’s Prime-Minister King states that the leaders of these countries consider it necessary to keep the atomic bomb issue secret
15.11.1945

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07.11.2019

“China shows no signs at all of being ready to join the process. Of course, that could change over time. In fact, it would also be in Russia’s best interests if not just China but also France and Britain were to join in, though neither country seems to have much to say on the matter for the time being. If we choose to pursue this scenario, we should be aware that any meaningful progress would take years to achieve. Meanwhile, we are facing some urgent tasks that cannot wait. And that is why Russia and the United States should continue to work as a duo, until such time when the duo can become a trio or, even better, a quintet.”, – Director of PIR Center Vladimir Orlov.

30.10.2019

“In the year of the PIR Center 25th anniversary, it can be stated with confidence that Educational Program of the organization remains one of the most successful and demanded. Since the establishment of the program, tremendous work has been done on its development, and it remains ongoing today. For more than 20 years we have been working together with our partners to create a community of next-generation specialists in the field of WMD nonproliferation and global security”, – Director of PIR Center`s Educational Program Yulia Sych.

29.10.2019

“Contrary to the widespread myth of deglobalization, our studies show that economic interdependence continues to grow”, – Director of Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and
International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAS) Feodor Voytolovsky gave a keynote speech at the Trialogue Club International meeting.

"Security Index" Journal History

The Security Index was the first Russian journal to focus on international security. It has been one of the leading journals in the complicated environment since 1994.

Initially the journal was known as Yaderny Kontrol and the export control was the main topic of its issues. By the mid-2000s – and with our contribution – that problem had been solved, and the time came for us to venture into new territories.

Back then, in 1994-1995, it sometimes felt as though “being born almost the same day your country was born” was a piece of really bad luck for the journal (and for its parent, PIR Center). At the beginning of new Russia, values and ethical criteria were eroded, and NGOs specializing in international security were seen as something unnatural. Now that we have reached a hundred, it is clear that the timing was not bad luck at all; it was actually our great good fortune. It was a time of great risks, but also a time when it was right and proper to take those risks and tread new paths instead of following in other people’s footsteps.

Vladimir Orlov,

PIR Center President, Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal

Our journal has always been one step ahead of international trends:

* We wrote about the logical link between missile defense and nuclear reductions 14 years before the issue began to make headlines in connection with the New START treaty;

* We predicted the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons in Central Asia 11 years before the Treaty of Semipalatinsk was signed;

* We ran several articles about the impact of the Internet on national security back at the time when less than 1% of Russian citizens had Internet access.

There is an increasing number of issues now being discussed in Russia which used to be off-limits, such as exports of sensitive materials and technologies, security, accounting and control of nuclear materials, etc... Other problems being discussed include the situation with the ratification of the START II and the Chemical Weapons Convention, or debates over the Russian nuclear weapons stationed in Ukraine. [...] There is a clear need for a truly professional publication targeted at both the expert community and the general public.

 Yuri Baturin,

the Advisor to the President of Russia on National Security, in his foreword to the first issue of the Yaderny Kontrol journal (November 1994)

We have published articles by presidents and foreign ministers, NATO secretaries-general and IAEA directors-general. The network of experts who have appeared on our pages spreads from Buenos Aires to Harare.

In addition to our core subjects of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, our authors have analyzed:

* the impact of biotechnologies on agriculture;

* the efforts by the Caspian nations to preserve the stocks of sturgeon;

* the outlook for the Cuban and Myanmar nuclear programs;

* the threat of climate change;

* the ethical conundrums of nuclear weapons.

 One important distinction of Yadernyy Kontrol, which remains to this day, is that the journal's editorial team is quite small. The job required versatile and creative people - and that is exactly the kind of people PIR Center is good at bringing up.

Vadim Kozyulin, PIR Center Senior Research Fellow, member of the Yadernyy Kontrol editorial team in 1994

The Security Index has its name since 2007. The readers in the Russian Foreign Ministry and the US Department of State, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in France and the PRC State Council, the Russian Defense Ministry and the Pentagon, the Russian Cabinet and the US Presidential Administration, as well as universities, colleges and research centers all around the world read the journal quarterly.

In response to our articles we receive letters from international organizations, ministries and governments of foreign countries. That is the kind of soft power which many countries are trying – often with little success - to acquire.

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