• Position : Coordinator, Nonproliferation & Russia Program – Junior Research Fellow, Yaderny Kontrol edtor
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
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Seminar on BRICS expansion was held at the PIR Center International School


ZVENIGOROD, OCTOBER 7, 2020. PIR PRESS. “The seminar on BRICS, SCO, CSTO, which was held within the framework of the XX Annual International School on Global Security, allowed to combine two scientific and educational formats of the PIR Center – Midweek Brainstorming sessions and the School. High research potential of the School participants, their erudition, and nonstandard perspectives allowed to work on the most thorny provisions of the PIR Center’s report on BRICS expansion. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with School participants in this area and other issues,” – Sergey Semenov, PIR Center’s Nonproliferation & Russia Program Coordinator.

The advance copy of the PIR Center’s report “The sixth letter in BRICS: international security and Russia’s interests” was presented on Sunday, September 27, at the PIR Center International School on Global Security by Sergey Semenov, PIR Center’s Nonproliferation & Russia Program Coordinator.

For eleven years of its existence, BRICS has become a systemic and integral factor in international relations and has proved its viability. The speaker stressed that the interaction within the BRICS framework is not limited to holding annual meetings at the highest level, as critics try to present it. In reality, a dense, overlapping cooperation is being built on a steadily expanding range of issues, although the pace of completion of initial tasks certainly leaves much to be desired.  

Sergey Semenov raised the issue of BRICS expansion suggesting Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, and Indonesia as candidates. The discussion on the feasibility of such expansion took place in the context of ensuring international security: WMD nonproliferation, the peaceful use of nuclear energy and outer space, international information security, and new technologies. In conclusion, Indonesia was chosen to be the most suitable candidate in the medium term. The revised version of the report will be presented at one of the next meetings of the Trialogue Club International.

The report was presented at the seminar, where Elena Karnaukhova, a graduate student at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and Vladimir Nezhdanov, associate professor at the UTMN, also made introductory reports about the SCO and CSTO.