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Hans Blix gave a lecture to students of the Dual Degree Master’s Program in the field of nonproliferation MGIMO - MIIS - PIR Center


MOSCOW, DECEMBER 26, 2017. PIR PRESS — «The two greatest threats that I see to our civilization are Global warming that poses the risk of a slow suicide, and Nuclear war that poses the risk of a quick suicide. It falls on new generation to reduce the risk of war and to spare the world from spending some 1.700 billion dollars annually for military purposes», — Hans Blix, IAEA Director General (1981-1997)

The first international Dual Degree Master’s Program “Global security, nuclear policy and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction”, realized jointly by MGIMO, PIR Center and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (USA) is going to the end.

In addition to studying at the main courses of the program, students had the opportunity to meet with the world's most influential experts in the field of security and non-proliferation.

One of the significant events of the fall semester was the students' meeting with IAEA Director General (1981 -1997), Executive Chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC, 2000 – 2003) Dr. Hans Blix.

In his speech, Hans Blix focused on the risks associated with war and nuclear weapons - both in the short and long term. At the same time, the expert also made an attempt to identify the opportunities that the international community has for correcting existing threats.

The expert identifies two problems that require immediate resolution. The first is the situation around the DPRK.

According to the diplomat, it is necessary to support de-escalation through diplomatic instruments - mutual steps taken in the form of parallel declarations or in any other form. «No special mechanism of verification is needed. The testing of missiles and nuclear bombs and the pursuit of big military exercises can be widely observed. The longer suspensions would hold the more confidence may grow and the more time would be made available for exploring longer term arrangements», – emphasizes Hans Blix.

The lecturer considers the second problem point of the contradiction around Iran, more precisely, the statements of the administration of Donald Trump, Israel, which express their aspiration to reconsider the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

«An international tension is no good excuse for the absence of disarmament talks but rather an additional reason to talk, the grim reality is that tensions may place many kinds of disarmament agreements out of reach. To increase the chances for positive action on its own agenda, I think the disarmament community should use its considerable brain power more on ways to improve the political interstate climate», – notes Dr. Blix.

«What we see, I think, is the shaky beginning of an international community organizing for peace. The UN has a collective security system with much power – when the five permanent members of the Security Council agree. They do that much more often than most people think. Most cases do not get media attention», – the lecturer summed up his speech.

The full text of the speech of Hans Blix and the transcript of the question and answer session can be found on the PIR Center website.

The admission for the next year of the program has started. For details of the program, please visit the website: