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...

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“I’m glad to pass the baton to a new team today, the team who made this issue and is already preparing the next one.  A part of this team grew up within the PIR Center’s walls, and another is entirely new. At the head of this team stands Olga Mostinskaya – the new Editor-in-Chief of Security Index, whom I present with pleasure to our readers today, and to whom I wish creative motivation and insightful dialogue with our wonderful authors and demanding (which is great!) readers.” – Member of the Security Index Editorial Board Vladimir Orlov.


“The SCO can provide a soft regional security umbrella on the eastern and northern borders of Iran. It is not a military bloc, and there are no military commitments, but the high level of economic interdependence of the SCO countries does not allow the territory of any of its members to be used to threaten the security of other members”, – PIR Center Director Albert Zulkharneev.


“The solution to the Iranian nuclear issue should not be reached at the expense of these countries’ interests. The security concerns of Iran’s neighbors should be addressed, though not in the comprehensive agreement itself. Providing security assurances to the region could also result in a more positive attitude towards the nuclear deal with Iran. At the same time, international efforts should be aimed at making sure that no country in the Middle East is facing a military threat from its neighbors, rather than playing into the narrative of the states aspiring to regional hegemony or special status” – PIR Center and Strategic Studies Network report “Iran in the Regional and Global Perspective”.

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Name: Shatilla Youseff
Affiliation: Dean of Academic Programs, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Nuclear power in the Middle East
Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
Biography :

He is the founding Dean of Academic Programs and has been Professor of Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering at Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi since Spring 08. He is responsible for launch, operation, development and accreditation of eight MSc programs and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program. He has been Visiting Professor at Nuclear Engineering Department, MIT since Spring 07. From Fall 02 he spent five years as Associate Professor at Nuclear Engineering Department, King Abdulaziz University. He was Faculty Fellow at Idaho National Laboratory in 2004 and 2005. Before that he was Principal Engineer for ten years at Westinghouse where he developed methods for nuclear reactor design applications. His research interests include computational reactor physics, in-core nuclear fuel management optimization, advanced reactor design, application of nuclear systems for water desalination and hydrogen production, micro- and nano- fluidics development and analysis and sustainable energy.