Chronology

Ukraine approved the final closure of Chornobyl NPP and transformation of the "Shelter" object into ecologically safe system
28.01.2009
The President of the Russian Federation issues a decree on establishing the Ministry of Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation
28.01.1992
The Agreement between India and Pakistan on the Prohibition of Attack Against Nuclear Installations and Facilities comes into force.
28.01.1991
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28.01.2021

“Biden will pose new challenges to the Russian Federation, but not something completely different from his predecessor. He will be constrained by many domestic factors, by the balance of powers inside the United States. And most importantly, Biden is likely to be a weak president, not a strong president. As we know from history, you need to be a very strong president if you really want to fix relations with Moscow”, – Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).

27.01.2021

This paper describes the current strategic and geopolitical environment and the main challenges it entails for the Russian-American strategic relations, including rapid technological revolution, the rise of nuclear multipolarity, and the complete lack of trust. The author believes that addressing the new threats that reject the 50-year-long era of arms control between Moscow and Washington requires achieving meaningful improvement in Russian-U.S. political relations to the level of serious dialogue on security issues between the two governments under the new conditions. Otherwise, deterrence will not only be the principal basis of strategic stability but its only remaining basis.

27.01.2021

Sergei Prikhodko, Security Index Editorial Board Member, has passed away at 64. 

Debates

Debates rules

General rules:

All participants are divided into three groups: affirmative and negative teams (2 speakers for each) and the audience. All participants will acquire the topic (resolution) of the upcoming debate in advance, but the debating groups positions will be provided only 45 minutes before the event start. Both groups prepare all cases in advance, i.e. speeches, including sets of arguments and supports (statistics, specific data, laws, regulations, rules, expert opinions) both for affirmative and negative teams. After the finishing of keynote delivery by the debaters, the discussion goes on between the audience members. They realize their vote twice – prior to the debates and after. The winning team is determined by the difference of voters for the position after first and second vote.

Time-limit:

Determination of the affirmative/negative positions in provided 45 minutes before the start of the first round.

  Participants

Time

Content

The first vote goes before the speakers performance

The speech of the first speaker of affirmative team

10 min.

Resolution definition, arguments declaration

 

The speech of the first speaker of negative team

10 min.

The reaction to the speech of affirmation team, negation team arguments declaration

The speech of the second speaker of affirmative team

10 min.

Revelation of the affirmation case, support arguments entering

The speech of the second speaker of negative team

10 min.

Revelation of the negative case, support arguments entering

Discussion between the audience members

30-40 min.

The discussion is hosted by an expert, attendees announce new arguments or present a new vision of the declared problem

Answer of affirmative team

 

5 min.

Affirmative team responds to the questions from the Audience or beats negative team arguments and restore their own

Answer of negative team

5 min.

Negative team responds to the questions from the Audience or beats afiirmative team arguments and restore their own

Break (by the decision of the moderator)

 

10 min.

 

Concluding speech of affirmative team

5 min.

The team summarizes the stated arguments in support of their position and indicates the negative team case fallacy

Concluding speech of negative team

5 min.

The team summarizes the stated arguments in support of their position and indicates the affirmative team case fallacy

Specification (detailing)

During the first four speeches, each speaker may be interrupted not more than twice by questions from the audience or from the opposite team. However, the speaker may like to take a question and answer it maximally brief, as well as able reject the appeal. In case if the speaker agrees to answer, he should not ask counter questions, thereby transforming the elaboration in the discussion.

In the last round (summarizing) can take be taken by both team members or by one of them according to prior mutual decision.

One minute before the expiration of each speech timekeeper notifies the speaker.

After the last round the moderator announces the start of voting, the results of which reveals which performance was more convincing for the audience.

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