The latest deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue was set for July 1, 2015. On April 2, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland, the parties managed to draft Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. However, as the negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 con...
The non-governmental White Paper ‘‘Towards Nuclear Disarmament: NPT Article VI and Implementation of the 2010 Review Conference Decisions’’ prepared by the PIR Center was in the focus of a discussion organized in the margins of the 2014 NPT PrepCom in New York in May 2014. Today, it is reviewed for ...
Nuclear disarmament and establishment of Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East are two main challenging areas that can potentially damage the whole nuclear nonproliferation regime architecture – or strengthen it, if dealt with properly and in a timely manner
Russia's Nuclear Quest Comes Full Circle. Lessons from Two Post-Soviet Decades
On December 25, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev handed over his briefcase containing Russia's nuclear launch codes to Boris Yeltsin. Eighteen months after Russia declared its sovereignty from the Soviet Union and six months after his election as Russian president, Yeltsin received the keys to the contry's nuclear arsenal. Yet another agonizing six months would pass before Russia firmly established its status as the legal successor to the Soviet Union in matters of nuclear weapons. Over the next several years an awareness slowly developed about what kind of heritage Russia had acquired and how best to put that heritage to use.
Russia in Global Affairs. Vol. 9, No. 4, October-December 2011