International security is not a center of the world, but a reflection of profound processes that nowadays are characterized by a growing randomness and shrinking planning horizon. Confidence, privacy and confidentiality of diplomacy are deteriorating. Ensuring security requires not only technical, but also political decisions. Under such circumstances the aim of the Russian foreign policy is to find a balance between development and security amidst an incoming new wave of globalization. To secure its status of a great power, Russia needs to preserve its relevance among other players and play a role of additional element to the situation of unsteady equilibrium.


“In this transitional period, further strengthening of the dialogue with external partners, in particular BRICS-Plus, is of paramount importance. The absence of the states of the Middle East and Southeast Asia in the “club” at present limits the potential for the formation of a BRICS partner network. Whereas the “club” has a generally strong membership, so far, none of the states of the Islamic world participates in BRICS. This creates a certain imbalance, even though the Muslim population makes up a significant share in two of the five BRICS countries (India and Russia)”, ‒ PIR Center's report on the prospects of BRICS enlargement from the point of view of international security and Russia's interests.


On the November 16 the U.S. conducted a successful test of the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor missile. The target of interceptor missile imitated an ICBM. The editorial board decided to talk to an expert about the way such test may influence strategic stability.  During the interview Oleg Krivolapov, research fellow of the Institute of USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Nikita Degtyarev, Coordinatorof the PIR CenterInformation & Publications Program, about the influence of the SM-3 Block IIA test on strategic stability, threat to Russian strategic systems and the future of the U.S. antimissile system.

Arms Trade Treaty Project Documents

1. Towards an arms trade treaty: establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms. 9 January 2009.

2. Africa and an arms trade treaty. April 2009.

3. United Nations Register of Conventional Arms. 14 July 2009.

4. Declaration of the Russian Delegation at the 1st Committee of the UN General Assembly on the Draft Resolution on ATT (in Russian). 28 October 2009.  

5. Further Steps Towards an International Arms Trade Treaty. Statement by the Representative of the Russian Federation European Union - UNIDIR Final Seminar on an International Arms Trade Treaty, Vienna 12 February 2010.

6. U.S. Policy and the Arms Trade Treaty. Briefing paper. 18 February 2010.

7. Arms Transfers to Europe and Central Asia. February 2010.

8. Elements to be discussed in the context of a potential ATT. 12-23 July 2010.

9. Introductory remarks by the delegation of the Russian Federation. New-York, 12-23 July 2010.

10. Towards an Arms Trade Treaty - Brokering. Delegation of Russian Federation. The First Session of the Preparatory Committee for 2012 UN Conference on an ATT. 12-23 July 2010.

11. Towards an Arms Trade Treaty – Next Step. (Non-Paper). The First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2012 UN Conference on ATT. New-York, 12-23 July 2010.

12. Facilitator's Summary on Implementation and Application. The First Session of the Preparatory Committee for 2012 UN Conference on an ATT. 22 July 2010.

13. SALW and Ammunition. Summary of references to SALW and Ammunition by States during the UN ATT Prepcom. 23 July 2010

14. Ambassador Roberto García Moritán - Chairman of the Preparatory Committee of the Conference on an Arms Trade Treaty. 14 July 2011.

15. Small Arms Survey 2011. Chapter 4-A Booming Business: Private Security and Small Arms.