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From the Editor

In his Editorial, Vladimir Orlov shares the plans of the PIR Center, deliberates on the expansion of its international activities, educational programs, new research projects and publications.

Mapping a Route

2008, №84, Security Index

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SECURITY INDEX

Russian Journal on International Security

FROM THE EDITOR

Mapping a Route

In his Editorial, Vladimir Orlov shares the plans of the PIR Center, deliberates on the expansion of its international activities, educational programs, new research projects and publications.

INTERVIEWS

“We are ready for joint constructive work with all concerned parties” - Sergey Lavrov

In his interview with Security Index, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov comments on the current state of cooperation between the MFA and the civil society and presents his views on the future of arms control and disarmament in the world.

“When a country grows stronger, its language becomes more popular” - Alexander Yakovenko

In an interview with Security Index Editor-in-Chief Vladimir Orlov, Russian First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Yakovenko speaks about humanitarian cooperation and multilateralism in international affairs and speculates on the most urgent topics in Russia's relations with Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

ANALYSES

Security and the Return of the Political: The Critical Debates in Europe - Andrey Makarychev

In his thorough analysis of the theoretical paradigm of security, Andrey Makarychev tries to find the place for Russia-Europe relationship, which is somehow lost in translation and is troubled with securitization of all aspects of cooperation.

Russia, EU, and Common Security Space: Pros and Cons - Nadezhda Arbatova

One of the renowned Russian experts on European affairs, Nadezhda Arbatova analyzes the stimuli, impediments and prospects for Russia-EU cooperation on external security matters. The partners lack common notion of security space, institutions and even political will to promote the dialogue and implement the signed roadmaps. However, there is a window of opportunities that should not be missed and the author suggests a few realistic remedies to improve the situation.

Druzhba Nuclear Power Plant: Russia in the Market of Central and Eastern Europe - Anastasia Angelova

Nowadays that the world is facing a new nuclear renaissance, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe present a unique opportunity for international cooperation in this area. How to transform global rivalry into opportunities? What would the place of Russia be? The author mentions a number of specific projects where Russia's involvement would be beneficial for Europe.

VIEWPOINTS

Kosovo: A Precedent or an Exception? - Sergey Markedonov, Sergey Romanenko

The problem of the future of Kosovo has remained in the headlines and is an important topic of discussion at the highest political levels, a fact that is not surprising, since this unresolved issue has become one of the chronic factors influencing Russia-West relations. In their discussion on potential dangers posed by the Kosovo precedent, the two experts speak about both short- and long-term effects of the problem.

COMMENTARY

Small Nuclear Reactors: Forgotten in the Past, Indispensable in the Future - Andrey Gagarinsky, Stanislav Subbotin

Floating nuclear power plants is one of the ways to promote Russia's innovations and ensure peaceful nuclear energy uses. Despite potential impediments related to safety, security and nonproliferation risks, the authors maintain that further advancement of the technology will allow to mitigate all negative implications and give new impetus to global development.

Prospects for Expanding Cooperation between Russia and NATO in the Area of Joint Peacekeeping - Yury Morozov, Soren Bo Bojesen

The authors, who were directly involved in peacekeeping operations, one from Russia and the other from NATO, call for increased cooperation in the area of conflict settlement. The two experts believe that with enough political will and by looking for points of common interest, Russia and NATO can realize their significant capacity for joint peacekeeping.

Russia and CEE: The Nuclear Chance that Should not Be Missed - Alexey Ubeev

Being practically involved in development of economic ties of the Russian nuclear industry, the author speculates on the prospects for cooperation in the area of peaceful nuclear energy uses in CEE. The current relationship is contradictory, but opening of the CEE and Russian markets may give a new chance for joint mutually beneficial programs, e.g. in the are of decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

Life without CFE and not Only CFE - Dmitry Evstafiev

Europe finds itself in the peculiar situation – it is left without any significant arms control agreements, while being transformed by the United States into the theater of potential military operations. The author argues that the negotiations on the new regime should be launched, otherwise Russia may rely on its tactical nuclear arsenal to deter the aggression from the west and from the east.

REVIEWS OF WORLD EVENTS: JANUARY-MAY 2008

The iSi index – a comprehensive index of international security

The spring of 2008 was a time of growing tensions and the emergence of new negative factors. All this resulted in the decrease of the index. Members of the PIR Center International Expert Group Marian Abisheva, Fulvio Attina, Dayan Jayatilleka, Konstantin Eggert, William Potter, Abdulaziz Sager, and Yevgeny Satanovsky provide their assessments and forecasts.

A View by a Russian Liberal: “Nuclear Middle Ages” - Yury Fedorov

The dynamics of international events in the beginning of 2008 once again poses rather annoying questions concerning the extent to which the world powers are able to adjust their foreign and military policy to the changes taking place in the international arena, to which extent they are ready to counter the challenges and threats of the new nuclear Middle Ages. As of now, there is no basis for a positive response to these questions.”

A View by a Russian Conservative: “Consensus of the Past and Dilemmas of the Future” - Dmitry Evstafiev

“The events in the sphere of energy supply have become the main theme of the past quarter. They not only confirm the growing importance of energy supply for international politics, but demonstrate the beginning of the reorganization of the global hydrocarbon and energy supply in the overall market, which started to determine global military and political processes. All other events and statements in the recent period are not more than the background for this global process.”

HISTORICAL PAGES

The CFE Treaty: Death or Revival? - Vladimir Shustov

The direct participant in the negotiations to elaborate the CFE Treaty presents his views on the future of the agreement and on the prospects for overcoming the current deadlock. The author believes that only if the Western states take Russian interests into account, one can speak of a resuscitation of the European security system.

BOOK REVIEWS

Policy in Slam Dunk Style - Gennady Evstafiev 

The book by George Tenet, ex-Director of the CIA, is analyzed by his counterpart Lt. Gen. Gennady Evstafiev, who devoted many years of his life to Russian intelligence. With a high degree of skepticism, Evstafiev devotes his review to three stories mentioned by Tenet – 9/11 and war on terrorism, nonproliferation issues, and Iraq.

Asian Dimension of Energy Security - Tatiana Mitrova

New book published by the Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) deals with energy security aspects in East Asia and its impact on international affairs in the region. The first and probably major advantage of the book is that its contributors openly and clearly declare energy causes behind today's policies of most countries, as they underlie many current political processes, international conflicts, whether ongoing or potential, included.

Troubled Waters of the Black Sea - Anatoly Ushkov

The book “Black Sea Knot” by renowned Russian experts is one of a few editions giving profound analysis of the situation in the region. The Black Sea area quickly becomes a new geopolitical priority for Russia and the West and the authors try to give a comprehensive view of regional issues, including oil reserves, transportation routes, and frozen conflicts.

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