Russia's CSTO Allies (Midweek Brainstorming Session)

MOSCOW, DECEMBER 28, 2020. PIR PRESS. “Asking the question about the prospects for establishing common positions within the CSTO on key issues of nonproliferation and disarmament, one should, first of all, remember the current goals of the organization and why the CSTO was created”, ‒ Nadezhda Kulibaba, PIR Center intern.

On December 14, 2020, PIR Center held a Midweek Brainstorming session. During the session, St Petersburg University postgraduate student Nadezhda Kulibaba presented her research paper “Russia’s CSTO Allies: Assessing the Quality of Dialogue and Possibility of Developing Joint Positions on Key Issues of Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament,” prepared during her internship at PIR Center. PIR Center Director Vladimir Orlov was Nadezhda’s scientific supervisor.

The following issues were raised during the discussion:

  • The role of the CSTO in the international arena;
  • Coordination of positions within the CSTO on key issues of non-proliferation and disarmament;
  • Comparison of the CSTO and NATO: what we can learn from NATO;
  • Kazakhstan and the TPNW;
  • Practical benefits of developing common positions.

In the course of writing the work, the intern processed a large array of statistical data. Nadezhda Kulibaba analyzed the results of the votes in the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, materials of the NPT Review Conferences, materials of the sessions of the Preparatory Committees of the NPT Review Conference, as well as joint statements by the heads of the CSTO member states following the Summits of the Collective Security Council. Nadezhda Kulibaba noted that the positions of the member states on most of the proliferation and disarmament issues are identical, while there are objective differences on some issues.

Participants of the Midweek Brainstorming Session noted that the study provides an interesting view on the CSTO from a nonproliferation and disarmament perspective.

Yuri Gorlach, Acting Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO, noted the importance of dialogue between young experts and practitioners. He also pointed out that the CSTO, as a young organization, is more prepared for modern challenges and threats.
During the discussion of the paper, Dmitry Stefanovich, Research Fellow at the Center for International Security of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Nadezhda Obukhova, Advisor to the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to NATO, and Vadim Kozyulin, Director of PIR Center's Emerging Technologies and Global Security Program, also shared their expert opinion.

Viktor Vasiliev, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and other UN organizations in Rome, expressed his hope that “the research paper prepared by Nadezhda Kulibaba will be a good starting point for discussions during the expert seminar on the role of the CSTO and the prospects for the development of this important Organization, which, unfortunately, as correctly noted, many people do not notice or do not want to notice."
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