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“Nuclear security modeling is a new and interesting framework, which gives an opportunity for practical usage of knowledge, received during the Summer School”, - third secretary of the  Minister Secretariat Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Volodymir Yatsiv.


“I believe we can look ahead with confidence and optimism to the future of nuclear power in the 21st century. Nuclear power will make a significant and growing contribution to sustainable development in the coming decades. The IAEA is committed to ensuring that the expansion of nuclear power takes place in a way which results in maximum safety, reliability and efficiency, and guards against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. We will remain a reliable partner for all of our Member States,"- IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.


The new issue of the Security Index journal to some extent is dedicated to the problem of the ideological and value deficiencies among political elites and the impact of the choice of these elites on the state of affairs in the international security sphere. Apart from the role of political elites in international relations, the authors turned their attention to the perspectives of international cooperation in nuclear security sphere, the development of energy sector in the Middle East, the problem of anti-missile defence in Russia-USA relations and other relevant issues.


“We believe that PIR Center’s project dedicated to the Russian nuclear export will allow Russian companies to conduct a more balanced policy on nuclear cooperation and will contribute significantly to the strengthening of strategic dialogue between Russia and other countries”, - PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.


“It would be foolish to eliminate those good initiatives in co-operation that were established during 20 years. Especially since they are equally useful for Russia and the United States. Saving the program, albeit on a smaller format, Russia and the United States are sending a signal that, although the relationships were still cool, they are not going to dissipate on strategic issues,” - Vladimir Orlov, the PIR Center President.


baklitsky.jpg''In April of 2008, the government of the United Arab Emirates announced its intention to collect bids to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. Abu Dhabi’s dynamic activity, which concluded with a contract awarded to the South Korean company KEPCO, showed that nuclear energy development in the Middle East will cease to be associated just with the risks and threats of nuclear weapons proliferation and is already becoming another high-yield industrial sector,” – PIR Center research fellow Andrey Baklitsky.


 “The Nunn-Lugar program made great contribution to providing nuclear security. However this program became exhausted. The Nunn-Lugar program should be substituted by the New Partnership which would make cooperation equal”, - Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center President, and Alexander Cheban, PIR Center Research Fellow.


“According to Russian position, first of all it is necessary to establish a concrete date of the conference on the establishment of a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone (WMD-Free Zone) in the Middle East in order to put the work on a schedule basis. We believe that it could be held in the second half of December of this year, about the same dates that were tentatively scheduled in the past year by Finland as the "host country,” – Mikhail Ulyanov, Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.


129_350_175.jpg“The exchange of letters between presidents is an important step, but merely the first one on the path to normalize relations. The exchange must be followed up by practical measures. At a minimum, we must go beyond state documents and give a green light to activate contacts on all levels. This will make it possible for concrete, effective joint projects to crystallize,” – PIR Center Vice President Dmitry Polikanov


“The U.S Cooperative Threat Reduction program, also known as the Nunn-Lugar program, has already reached a ripe old age, by the standards applied to such initiatives. The program was conceived during a transitional period in Russian statehood and was especially helpful during the turbulent years when Russia was struggling to finance even the most basic nuclear security measures. The program is now due to expire,” – writes Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal, Vladimir Orlov, in “From the Editor.”