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21.09.2017

“The impact of artificial intelligence on international security: both negative and beneficial; assessment of the cyberattack threats on nuclear and bio-facilities; and, finally, recommendations on the development of disarmament and nonproliferation education. These three topics were at the heart of the agenda of the 68th session of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters in New York”, — Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, Special Advisor to the PIR Center.

14.09.2017

“We are talking about more effective help to UN member-states in countering terrorism when such requests appear. It is necessary to make bureau’s work more visible and corresponding to the expectations of the international society. New unit will among other things contribute to the formation of the international law in the sphere of countering international terrorism” — Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.

11.08.2017

"I believe that international experience including technical standards and guidelines is in demand for mitigating the challenge of ensuring cybersecurity at nuclear power plants. The key organizations in promoting cybersecurity standards are the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the IAEA. To ensure the competitiveness of solutions for industrial control systems of NPPs, it is necessary not only to apply international experience in cyber security, but also intensively participate in the work on documents within these frameworks, promoting advanced domestic solutions to the international level, achieving the leading positions," — leading researcher at the V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciencies, Russian Academy of Science Vitaliy Promyslov.

14.07.2017

“The new treaty provides for a total ban on nuclear weapons, as opposed to the status quo when five countries (Russia, USA, UK, France and China), which are also permanent members of the UN Security Council, possess nuclear weapons legally. The main document regulating this sphere today, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons  obliges nuclear weapons states only to "to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to nuclear disarmament,” – Andrey Baklitskiy PIR Center’s "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation Program" Director.

08.07.2017

Happy Birthday, Dr. Potter! Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, member of PIR Center Advisory Board turns 70.

06.07.2017

“Russia’s position can be seen as equally close or equi-distant from all of the countries in the Arabia. Russia is interested in maintaining quite well-balanced relations with all the actors in this new drama. I believe that our position is close to the position of the U.S. and Europe, because no one wants destabilization in the Middle East which could lead to catastrophic results», — Vitaly Naumkin, President of Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

04.07.2017

“There is a whole list of key international security issues in which Russia is interested in and which are central to discussing with the United States. Is this what Trump wants? I can assume that it is. Will he be able to enter into this strategic conversation in Hamburg - I don’t think so. As of now, the format in Hamburg does not allow for all of these issues to be discussed in detail. Moreover, as far as I can see, Trump's team has not prepared all the necessary dossiers for such a full-scale dialogue yet”, — Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Head, Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry; Founder & Special Advisor, PIR Center.

26.06.2017

“Today, technological trends appear to validate the advocates of counterforce: remote sensing, conventional strike capabilities, anti-submarine warfare and cyberattack techniques will continue to improve and increasingly threaten strategic forces whether or not the United States seeks to maximize its counterforce capabilities. In this new era of counterforce, technological arms racing seems inevitable, so exercising restraint may limit options without yielding much benefit,” – Keir Lieber, Associate Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Daryl Press, Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College.

22.06.2017

IAEA itself is the key structure and authority that could design and engineer the perspective mechanism of international collaboration against cyber threats to nuclear energy industry”, — PIR Center Consultant Oleg Demidov. 

22.06.2017

“The Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is content-heavy, but it is not a comprehensive ban on this type of WMD. This is truly where its fundamental difference lies from disarmament conventions that prohibit biological and chemical weapons. The rush of the preparation of the document can be seen just by recalling how much time and effort was required by the NPT, and even the conventions on the banning of biological and chemical weapons, and on how carefully, using the UN General Assembly as a platform for measuring global public opinion, the Treaty of Tlatelolco was being prepared”, — member of the PIR Center Advisory Board, Honored Lawyer of the Russian Federation Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov.

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