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Looking Back at the Year 2015 in Nuclear Nonproliferation


MOSCOW, DECEMBER 23, 2015. PIR PRESS – “With growing tensions on the European continent, with the nuclear factor once again being bandied about, with fresh plans to deploy new nuclear weapons and a clear risk of the INF Treaty being lost — in these dire circumstances, the NPT should be as steady as a rock, with no reservations” – Vladimir Orlov, Special Advisor to PIR Center.

In retrospective, the year 2015 will be remembered for a mixed nonproliferation record. On the one hand, the 2015 NPT Review Conference ended in tatters, failing to produce a final document and living the nonproliferation regime without a clear roadmap until 2020. On the other hand, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was adopted by P5+1 and Iran, paving the way for a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. The nuclear energy sector was still struggling to overcome the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

PIR Center recaps the outgoing year in nuclear sphere together with the global edition of the Security Index journal.

In his interview, founder and Special Advisor to PIR Center Vladimir Orlov placed the outcomes of the Conference in a broader context, and spoke about opportunities lost and the future of the nonproliferation regime. PIR Center’s “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy provides an in-depth analysis of the course and the repercussions of the Review Conference. In their letters to the editor, Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey William Potter and Director of Arms Control and Non-proliferation Program of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Tariq Rauf outlined their approach to the issue.

The round-table Understanding the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Industry, which brought together representatives from TENEX, the Ux Consulting Company, Kazatomprom, AREVA; Trade Tech Energy, TVEL, EDF Group, Rosenergoatom, TENAM Corp; CEZ Group, and the International Uranium Enrichment Center, gave a clear-cut picture of the industry’s recent developments. An independent consultant Dmitry Kovchegin reminded about the indispensable role of nuclear security in his article Nuclear Security in the Nuclear Energy Newcomer Countries.

For additional information please contact PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or via email baklitsky at