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"Current situation around the alleged violations of the INF Treaty by Russia could be an example of the first serious intervention of non-verified open source information in real decision-making in the military-political realm", – PIR Center’s Consultant Alexander Kolbin. 


The new issue of the Security Index journal is dedicated to the Russian-Western relations that have become rathertense due to the Ukrainian crisis, - so tense that experts speak about the cold war 2.0. The other important topics, discussed in the journal, are situation in Afghanistan after the troops’ withdrawal, the settlement of the Iranian unclear program. In addition, the authors address the subject of nonstrategic nuclear weapons, joint policy in cybersecurity, increase in combat capabilities.


“Even a moderate attitude to the issue of control of nonstrategic nuclear weapons is likely to fail without restoring the atmosphere of trust between the two parties and without sincere effort on the USA/NATO part to admit and discuss Russian concerns that cause its current tough stance toward the issue”, - says military analyst Alexander Kolbin.


“Syria was the litmus test, the moment of truth. The Americans have played a wicked trick in Iraq. They then repeated it in Libya. And they were not allowed to pull off another such stunt in the Middle East. And who has stopped them? Russia has finally found its strength, and its mission: to stand in the way of utter chaos in the Middle East, and to prevent a complete collapse of the principles of international law on a global scale,” – Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal Vladimir Orlov.


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.


“Russia’s withdrawal from the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) will signal the end of the first phase of an amazing experiment. This international effort has helped avoid a massive brain drain of nuclear scientists, chemists, aerospace engineers, and biotechnology pioneers while increasing the difficulty of illicit access by desperate individuals and foreign agents to bomb-making expertise and materials that abound in the world’s largest country. Let us hope that a second, equally promising experiment with similar goals will soon begin,” - Glenn Schweitzer, the first Executive Director of the ISTC, 1992 – 1994.


“The start of any negotiations on further reductions in Russian and American non-strategic nuclear weapons (NSNW) is unlikely until before 2018, when the New START treaty will be fully implemented. It is also hard to believe that within the next decade the U.S. will completely withdraw its NSNW from Europe and Russia, in return, unilaterally provide its Western partners with concrete data on its NSNW arsenal,” – Alexander Kolbin, PIR Center Program Coordinator for “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation.”


Working Group on the prospects of Russian participation in international cooperation in the field of nonproliferation and nuclear security has been established under PIR Center Advisory 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.


Postponing the Helsinki Conference, especially without setting a new date would actually mean its cancelation. What format can offer instead those who are not ready for discussion about the Middle East Zone Free of WMD today? WMD in the region is not only a political or legal question, or the question of the fate of the NPT. It is a real danger to the people of the region”, – Albert Zulkharneev, PIR Center Education and Training Program Director.