The practice of adopting State Armament Programs (SAP) as overarching policy documents that set out weapons development and procurement targets was established fairly recently in Russia. The SAP-2020 program, approved in 2011, is the fourth such program in post-Soviet Russian history. The existence ...
On November 7, 2013 Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board Michael Yakushev delivered a lecture on “The Challenge of Cyber-Security: Prospects for Global Governance of the Internet?” in the framework of the Seminar organized by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monter...
This issue of Disarmament Forum considers the question of civil society and nuclear abolition. How can the objective of nuclear disarmament and abolition once again captivate and motivate the public as it did during and even immediately following the Cold War? Are there lessons that could be drawn f...
Nuclear Disarmament аnd Nonproliferation
It is a pleasure to have the chance to correspond with you, and I am grateful to the Security Index for this exchange. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on whether a policy of nuclear disarmament is appropriate within the current international security climate.
For my part, I am somewhat skeptical. In my experience, proponents of nuclear disarmament, when pressed on the question, commonly declare that what is really needed to achieve and sustain a world of zero is some kind of fundamental transformation in how the international community thinks about military security. In this respect, I quite agree with the disarmament community, insofar as I believe it is true that envisioning a disarmed world necessarily presupposes a world that operates fundamentally differently – in its approaches to security, conflict resolution, status, and indeed national power itself – from how things work today.