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“Will the USA go as far as to employ military force to resolve Iranian crisis? The answer is ambiguous. The very fact that military solution of the problem is not excluded is used as an instrument of pressure on Iranian leadership. Iran experiences real threat from the USA and prepares to counter it. Some experts reckon that the threat of American attack urges Iranian leadership to speed up  their nuclear weapon production process” - Vitaly Tsygichko, Chief Research Fellow of the Institute for System Analysis of Russian Academy of Sciences.


Vladivostok APEC summit chaired by Russia was a positive event. Despite the different views expressed before and after the summit, it was quite effective. The main achievement of the summit is that Russia has sent a clear signal of its willingness to strengthen political and economic ties in the Asia-Pacific, both on multilateral and bilateral basis”, - PIR Center Senior Vice President, Lieutenant General (Retired), Evgeny Buzhinsky (Russia).


On October 4th, 2012 PIR Center will hold an international seminar “2012 Conference on the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Searching for Solutions”.


“In the summer of 2012 India tested several ballistic missiles of various ranges. This issue caused much speculation in the media on the theme of deteriorating situation in East and South-East Asia. But conducted tests were a part of the well-known program on rockets development for military use. China and Pakistan for a long time have in service such short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles which India tested. Moreover, conducted tests did not cause any negative reaction of China and Pakistan themselves, so there is no need to dramatize the situation”, - Vice-president of the Observer Research Foundation, Nandan Unnikrishnan.


"It is known that Iran has informally approached the Secretariat of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) for membership in this organization. There was no positive decision. Why? The main reason is that since 2007 Iran is in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) black list. This is not because someone does not like Iran. The reason is that the Iranians do not fulfill what they have repeatedly promised to do, in particular - to adopt a law on combating the financing of terrorism. FATF assesses states' actions, not their promises - thus, considering Iran's inaction, removing Iran from the FATF black list is out of question. The same is true for the prospects of Iran joining the EAG", - Deputy Director, Department on New Challenges and Threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry, member of the PIR Center Advisory Board Dmitry Feoktistov.


“As far as for Syria crisis, it is necessary to mention some starting assumptions. Syria, contrary to Libya, is an institutionalized dictatorship where a large portion of the population of the country was not living under any rule other than the Assad family. Due to the experience of Libya there was no determination for direct military intervention in Syria”, - Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Pál Dunay.


“South Sudan is one of the leading oil producers on the continent, and after becoming independent hoped that its oil exports were going to drive its reconstruction and development process. This has not realized. The process of its on-going conflicts with Sudan, high level of corruption and lack of infrastructure have been serving to postpone the materialization of its oil exports driving its reconstruction and development agenda. The oil wealth possessed by South Sudan is one of the central aspects of conflicts between Sudan and South Sudan”, – Head of the Governance and Democracy research programme at the Africa Institute of South Africa in Pretoria Sehlare Makgetlaneng.


The value of International Security Index iSi as of August 1, 2012 stands at 2745 points.


“There is considerable probability of low-intensity foreign military intervention aimed at decisively destabilizing the Syrian state as a prelude to an overt cross-border military intervention.  It would be irrational for the Syrian state forces to use chemical weapons as this would undoubtedly trigger external intervention. Therefore it is far more likely that Syrian chemical weapons will be used by rogue elements which wish to catalyze such intervention. What is most likely in this regard is a 21st century version of the WMD scare or the Tonkin Gulf incident – a rumor, backed by digital media special effects, which could trigger a tsunami of calls for external intervention” – Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Dayan Jayatilleka.


«Nuclear and information technologies have become tightly interconnected. Civil nuclear infrastructure is becoming unprecedentedly vulnerable to cyber threats. Information technologies make impact on strategic positions of a nation state in the world. They also can be useful for tackling new challenges in the field of nonproliferation. In its turn, the experience of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control regimes would be useful for decision making in the field of international regulation of cyberspace», - PIR Center intern Maxim Simonenko.