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“Nunn-Lugar is the foundation for the vision that I laid out, once I was elected President, in travel to Prague. Russia has said that our current agreement hasn’t kept pace with the changing relationship between our countries. To which we say, let’s update it.  Let’s work with Russia as an equal partner.  Let’s continue the work that’s so important to the security of both our countries. And I’m optimistic that we can.” – Barack Obama, President of the United States.


“The signs are ominous at the moment, there are rumblings that he 2012 Conference on a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East will not take place. And I think this is going to be a major set-back. Which is why I think my talking to you today is particularly timely, because I think there is an opportunity for Russia to use its considerable international influence in order to prevent the breakdown because if we do not have this meeting this December I fear that we are storing up trouble for ourselves and for the NPT for 2015”, – Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.


“Despite reduction of the financial aid received in the framework of Global Partnership Russian involvement in the program and the interest in participation remain high. Russia gradually starts join the realization of various projects in the third countries. Even though it is not ready to deliver large financial aid, the volume of expert assistance is significant. Russian specialists who gathered great experience in disposal of the WMD are able to present vital help in implementation of respective projects in other countries” – Alexander Cheban, Security Index journal representative in Odessa.


“More due to the fact that the five nuclear-weapon states is clearly reluctant to use nuclear wepons and some of the others (declared or not) are dependent upon one of the P5, the U.S.A. or China in a variety of ways. Some time the dependence is related to nuclear release, some time it is due to a much broader array of matters that create dependency. Accidental use has also become less likely since the high-flying concerns of loose nukes in the 1990s”, - Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Pál Dunay.


“Today, the world certainly did become more secure because of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the need to avoid its repetition; but in another sense, it still did not because the strategic equilibrium that was more or less ensured by the presence of the USSR has been replaced by instability and global impunity” - Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Dayan Jayatilleka.


“After 20 years, we still live in a world with growing nuclear risks. Expectations of enhanced global security after the end of the Cold War gave way quite soon to a gradual tightening in the positions of some major international actors, while new states became nuclear-armed ones. In addition, nuclear terrorism almost impossible to deter, has emerged as a very tangible threat. Today we can say that the world is much more complex and uncertain than at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. There are still nuclear weapons stockpiles totaling 20.000, many on high alert, deployed in 14 countries”, -  Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.


“Autumn of 1962 when the Caribbean crisis erupted was the most terrible period of modern history. It was the time when the world faced the threat of nuclear war. Mutual nuclear destruction of two opposing superpowers has never been so real and inevitable. The Cuban missile crisis showed how close the world came to a nuclear exchange between the two over armed superpowers. Despite the past 50 years since that horrific US-Soviet confrontation in Cuba the world has not become more stable. As long as nuclear weapons exist, the world will be a very insecure place”, - Ambassador (ret.), High Representative of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), Sergio Duarte.


"In the dialogue between Russia and ASEAN countries on terrorism and transnational organized crime, the role of ‘one-and-half-track’ cooperation where government experts would work hand in hand with non-governmental - in particular - research and academic institutions should be increased. The two issues that have to be given priority in this dialogue are: first, the ways to counter the threat of WMD-terrorism, and second, the cooperation in the field of cyber security" said the PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov at the annual ASEAN-Russia Joint Working Group meeting devoted to counter-terrorism and transnational crime, held in Bangkok from 17 to 20 September.


“Will the USA go as far as to employ military force to resolve Iranian crisis? The answer is ambiguous. The very fact that military solution of the problem is not excluded is used as an instrument of pressure on Iranian leadership. Iran experiences real threat from the USA and prepares to counter it. Some experts reckon that the threat of American attack urges Iranian leadership to speed up  their nuclear weapon production process” - Vitaly Tsygichko, Chief Research Fellow of the Institute for System Analysis of Russian Academy of Sciences.


«Nuclear and information technologies have become tightly interconnected. Civil nuclear infrastructure is becoming unprecedentedly vulnerable to cyber threats. Information technologies make impact on strategic positions of a nation state in the world. They also can be useful for tackling new challenges in the field of nonproliferation. In its turn, the experience of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control regimes would be useful for decision making in the field of international regulation of cyberspace», - PIR Center intern Maxim Simonenko.