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Nuclear Energy in the Gulf Cooperation Council States

15.10.2011

p6782_1.jpgMOSCOW, OCTOBER 15, 2011, PIR PRESS – “As Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states relied on the United States and their vast energy resources for their external security, they did not feel the need to seriously consider the nuclear option for either peaceful or non-peaceful uses. None of these countries attempted to acquire the scientific and technical expertise necessary for the development of nuclear technologies. This situation is rapidly changing. While the political positions of these states remain the same with regard to nuclear weapons, they are exhibiting increased interest in nuclear power as a source of energy”, - Awadh Albadi, Director of the Department of Research and Studies at King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies.  

As a part of the joint project with Institute of Oriental Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences Russia and the Middle East States: Promoting Strategic Interests PIR Center is exploring the current state and perspectives of Russian peaceful nuclear cooperation in the Middle East. An article Nuclear Energy in the Gulf Cooperation Council States by Awadh Albadi, Director of the Department of Research and Studies at King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies devoted to this topic will be published in the upcoming winter issue of the Security Index Journal but is already available on our website.

p6782_2.jpgIn his work Saudi researcher notes: “As Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states relied on the United States and their vast energy resources for their external security, they did not feel the need to seriously consider the nuclear option for either peaceful or non-peaceful uses. None of these countries attempted to acquire the scientific and technical expertise necessary for the development of nuclear technologies. This situation is rapidly changing. While the political positions of these states remain the same with regard to nuclear weapons, they are exhibiting increased interest in nuclear power as a source of energy”.

According to Awadh Albadi: “One can conclude that the GCC countries are entering the nuclear era with a clear vision of their needs and with a commitment to abide by all of the rules and safeguards established by the international community for nonproliferation. However, if the international community fails in its efforts to make the Middle East a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone, the GCC countries will have the same right as the others in terms of benefiting from such knowledge and programs in protecting themselves”.

Different aspects of global nuclear security were discussed during the international seminar Nuclear Energy and Developing Nonproliferation Culture: Encompassing New Regions conducted by PIR Center and International Center of Science and Technology (ICST) in June, 2011.

PIR Center is actively involved in researching issues of nuclear security and nonproliferation particularly in the Middle East.  The latest issue of the International Affairs magazine (№4, 2011) carries an article headlined A Nuclear-Weapon-Free Middle East by PIR Center President and Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal, Vladimir Orlov. An article Middle East NWFZ: from ideals to reality (in Russian) by PIR Center Nuclear Nonproliferation and Russia Program Coordinator Ivan Trushkin was published in Security Index journal №3, 2011.

For additional information please contact Nuclear Nonproliferation and Russia program coordinator Ivan Trushkin. Tel.: +7 (495) 978-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14, e-mail: trushkin at pircenter.org

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