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President Kennedy announces the imposition of quarantine on Cuba; the beginning of the acute phase of "Caribbean Crisis".
22.10.1962

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23.09.2019

Students of the fourth cohort of the dual degree master program WMD Nonproliferation, Nuclear Policy and Global Security, which is run jointly by The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and PIR Center, started their studies at MGIMO University in September.

21.08.2019

Amb. Roland Timerbaev – a luminary in the field of nonproliferation, an undisputed authority, a great teacher and mentor – has passed away.


27.06.2019

“Autonomous systems are gradually displacing humans from the battlefield, and in many aspects, this can be a boon to the military, who are exposed to less risk. However, at the same time, humans transfer to artificial intelligence (AI) a part of their powers, and consequently a part of their responsibility. According to experts, neural networks will probably never learn to explain their decisions to humans. This can become a serious problem once AI is involved in such areas as intelligence, data analysis, communications and control, scenario development, and in the long run decision making.” – Director of PIR Center’s Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project Vadim Kozyulin.

Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons

In recent years the US/NATO has sought Russian agreement to increase transparency on Russian NSNWs in the European part of the country and relocate these weapons away from the territory of NATO member states; and Russia, in its part, has insisted on the complete withdrawal of the U.S. NSNWs from Europe. But this endless circle does not promise much room for negotiations.

At the same time, among these demands – withdrawal, relocating and transparency – only the latter is potentially attainable in the near future. While possible decisions upon withdrawal or relocating refer to military domain where a corresponding agreement is rather unachievable at the current stage, transparency is a matter of trust building and thus a matter of political will. Hence, the possibility to reach a political agreement on NSNW transparency between US/NATO and Russia still remains.

PIR Center's Project is aimed at analyzing the current position of Russia, the United States and other NATO countries on the NSNW arms control issue and associated problems. The project also examines how the forward-deployed U.S. NSNWs in Europe affect the perception of the NSNW issue in the military-political leadership of Russia.

Publications:

1. On the Issue of Nonstrategic (Tactical) Nuclear WeaponsRussia Confidential, N3, 2012

2. The Future of Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons in Europe: there are some options (in Russian)Indeks Bezopasnosti, № 3-4 (102-103), 2012

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