«Taking into consideration current peculiarities of Chinese architecture of the Global Net, the whole problematique of the Dubai conference could easily turn out to be irrelevant for Beijing. The country already copes with successful development of national internet segment without any influence by the ITU and with gradually decreasing impact by ICANN. Thus, it’s quite premature to regard China by default as a mighty ally of Russia when it comes to transforming the global architecture of the internet” – Michael Yakushev, Chair of PIR Center Executive Board.
“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.
“We are thinking about how the potential of modern open source information technologies including online geolocation services and social networks could be applied to enhance international cooperation, strengthen confidence-building measures and improve quality of monitoring in the field of arms control,” – U.S. Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller.
“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.
“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.
“With President Obama we have passed the stage known as the U.S.-Russia “Reset”, and we did it quite well. Yes, these aren’t taintless, easy bilateral relations, but there is no perceived crisis as well. We have good dialogue on certain issues, and tough dialogue on other ones. In general the dynamics of these relations is pretty high. I think that if Romney is elected, Russia would manage to build such kind of relations that enables proper dialogue. Suffice to say that for Soviet Union and Russia it was usually easier to speak to Republicans rather than to Democrats. There’s such a historic trend.” – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.
«The intriguing plot around the future host of the White House for the next several years is unveiling right now – and the outcome is not clear yet neither for myself, nor for our reviewers Dmitry Evstafiev и Yury Fedorov, who have devoted a number of pages to the results of the Washington pre-election fight, nor for our polemists Christopher Ford and Thomas Graham who observe the developments of the campaign from the inside and express support their candidates — Ford to Romney, Graham to Obama», — writes Vladimir Orlov, the editor-in-chief of Security Index journal in his editorial.
“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.
“Even nowadays, in Tehran or elsewhere, the lesson of Cuban missile crisis is well learnt: if it smells real, not newspaper trouble, Russians and Americans would arrange it between themselves, behind closed doors, with no reflections with regard to betraying their friends. Indeed, in modern international relations just as half a century ago there is no place for such categories as friends. Everything is defined by interests, and is there an interest stronger than survival?” – Vladimir Orlov, President of PIR Center.