Events

29.09.2016

The rapid development and use of information and communications, aerospace, nuclear technology, as well as the active implementation of cyberspace create new possibilities to solve socioeconomic problems, by expanding access to energy, information, k...

21.06.2016

PIR Center has prepared a review of the key challenges of the nonproliferation regime and a range of suggestions for the strengthening of the regime. The recommendations are divided in to four thematic categories dedicated to the key challenges faced...

18.06.2015

The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) is widely considered to be a cornerstone of international security. In May 2015, its 191 states party failed to agree an outcome at their five-yearly Review Conference in New York. Our panel of experts will ...

25.04.2013

Launching a non-governmental White Paper by PIR Center, Moscow in co-operation with Centre russe d’etudes politiques, Geneva and UNOG Library.

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Experts

  • Position : PIR Center Consultant, Security Index Editorial Board Member
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Chairman of the Executive Board; Chairman of the "Trialogue" Club International
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News

08.02.2019

“Vienna document is a good example of a politically binding agreement having a verification mechanism. This system works, however, as long as it is a multilateral arrangement reached within the framework of OSCE. Bilateral political documents concerning arms control function quite ineffectively”, – PIR Center Board Chairman Evgeny Buzhinskiy. 

12.12.2018

“MGIMO and MIIS students organize online seminars since 2015 but this is the first time when such discussion is moderated by two think-tanks. To establish a sustainable dialogue between Russia and the United States on nuclear nonproliferation it is essential to train a new generation of specialists in this field,” – PIR Center’s “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Adlan Margoev.

22.10.2018

“Everything points to the fact that the New START will follow the fate of the INF Treaty, and the whole system of arms control will cease to exist. But I think it is not going to be like that for long. Sooner or later, the United States will come to the same conclusion they reached in the late 60s: when it comes to nuclear weapons, predictability is even more important than arms reductions. Considering that the United States and Russia already have experience in providing predictability in this area, it will be necessary to return to it,” – Gen. Evgeny Buzhinskiy, Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board.

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Arms Control and Ways Towards Nuclear Disarmament

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The immense majority of countries and peoples stand for a nuclear-weapons-free world. The Russian Federation shares this noble goal.

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev

The project has been implemented since October 2008.  Within its framework PIR Center elaborates set of practical steps for the preparation of new international negations aimed at deep reduction of nuclear arsenals; develops recommendations on the issue of possible significant reduction of all types of nuclear weapons; analyses possibilities of cooperation between the Russian Federation and the USA in the field of missile defense

"Ways towards Nuclear Disarmament" project includes several integral parts:

 

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Nuclear Nine (in Russian). Comprehensive analytics and data on all of nine states that currently posses nuclear weapons





Nonstrategic Nuclear WeaponsIn 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. 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.


Conventional Arms Control in Europe - Having fulfilled its main task – to liquidate surplus of conventional arms – the CFE Treaty started to increasingly transform into a tool of collective control over Russian armed forces and of discriminatory limitations. Therefore setting a moratorium on the operation of the treaty was a consistent decision of Russian leadership and did not come unexpectedly for other parties. What comes next? Now it is apparent that there can be no return neither to the CFE Treaty of 1990, nor to the Agreement of its Adaptation of 1999, and authors are candid about it. Equally, there can also be no return to flank limitations for Russia in any form, even reduced. In response to Russia’s concerns about deployment of missile defense system in Europe our western partners emphasize openness and transparency. Maybe the same approach should be taken in the sphere of conventional arms? PIR Center experts try to answer the question within the framework of this Project.

Transparency in Nuclear Arsenals and Doctrines. PIR Center in its work pays much attention to studying the mechanisms for transparency in nuclear arsenals and doctrines and future nuclear weapons reductions, holding events and organizing discussions in the Security Index journal on the subject.

 

 

Missile Defense Issue. Real partnership on missile defense would provide a better missile defense of Europe, including European Russia. It would make NATO and Russia allies in protecting Europe, which could prove a ”gamechanger” in altering lingering Cold War attitudes in both Russia and NATO member-states. While studying the missile defense issue, PIR Center experts provide a set of recommendations which should lead to establishing the real (not declarative) partnership between Russia and its partners on the missile defense issue. 

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PIR Center Analysis


Some time ago the U.S. administration, including their former President Barack Obama, has voiced more and more often the idea that it would be desirable to continue strategic offensive reductions. There are several reasons why the United States are so interested in intensifying nuclear arms reduct...


Modernization of nuclear arsenals is inevitable. Does this mean that strategic stability status quo is endangered by technological advancement of existing arsenals? It depends both on the understanding of strategic stability and strategies of modernizing weapons. The analysis of Russian and US exa...

 

Crisis management protocols need to address three distinctly different situations, each requiring somewhat different set of instruments:

  • Crisis prevention: Consultations and/or confidence building measures designed to reduce the risk of misinterpretation of actions of the other side;
  • If a crisis ta...
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Materials

In this issue of Russia Confidential, we continue our review of highlights of the 4th Moscow Conference on International Security attended by leading security experts, military specialists, and decision-makers from 86 countries.
The focus of this issue is on information security - which was for the f...

The many serious ethical, legal, proliferation, security, and other concerns raised by fully autonomous weapons pose such a threat to our humanity that a preemptive ban is warranted. Retaining human control over use of force is a moral imperative and essential to promote compliance with internationa...

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Documents

The practical steps of the Russian Federation to fulfill its commitments demonstrate its determination to genuinely pursue nuclear weapon reductions. While recognizing that there has been certain progress towards nuclear disarmament and the fulfillment of commitments under Article VI of the NPT, Rus...

The five Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) nuclear weapon states, or “P5”, established a dedicated Working Group in 2011 to work on a Glossary of Key Nuclear Terms. Since then, under the leadership of the People’s Republic of China and the joint efforts of all P5 members, three meetings of the ...

Nuclear disarmament along with nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy is one of the three pillars and main elements of the NPT. The Russian Federation does it utmost to fulfill its relevant obligations under the Treaty.

Full text of the statement.

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