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«The outcome of the contradiction or dualism in the incoming Trump administration between, on the one hand, the realists who want a better relationship with Russia and a prioritization of the struggle against terrorism, and on the other, the rightwing hawks who want to push back against Iran and China», – Dayan Jayatilleka (Sri Lanka), member of PIR Center International Expert Group, expert and diplomat.  


“During the last 17 years, it was confirmed that any state that wants to play at the top table of world politics must have sustainable and complex power base. Without it, there is no chance to lastingly join the leading powers of the world. During the same period the moral superiority of one system versus others has weakened. The moral superiority of the West has been undermined due to 17 years of interventions since 1999. There should not be any misunderstanding, those actions even when legally objectionable due to the absence of the approval of the UN Security Council, could be carried out under the assumption that democracy is better for the people than authoritarian rule, not to mention dictatorship” — Pal Dunay, Director of OSCE Academy in Bishkek.


“I’m glad to pass the baton to a new team today, the team who made this issue and is already preparing the next one.  A part of this team grew up within the PIR Center’s walls, and another is entirely new. At the head of this team stands Olga Mostinskaya – the new Editor-in-Chief of Security Index, whom I present with pleasure to our readers today, and to whom I wish creative motivation and insightful dialogue with our wonderful authors and demanding (which is great!) readers.” – Member of the Security Index Editorial Board Vladimir Orlov.


“I feel like an Indian cosmopolite. I have been living and studying abroad, I have visited many countries; above all, I’m Indian, and then a citizen of the world. India is the most comfortable place for me, but Russia, of course, is my second motherland,” – senior fellow of Observer Research Foundation, member of PIR Center International Expert Group, Nandan Unnikrishnan.


“India has recently blocked the WTO agreement on trade facilitation. The position of New Delhi is primarily shaped by the issue of subsidies for food production. India has adopted a so-called Right to Food act. In accordance with the law, the government must provide the Indian poor with a minimum amount of food. The norms of the WTO suggest that India should abandon the food subsidies. However, the country cannot do this not only for economic but also for political reasons. Abolishing this law in the near future would be a political suicide for any government”, – Vice President, Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan.



“The new government of India took steps to normalize relations with some of the neighboring countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully visited Nepal and Bhutan, Foreign Minister of India visited Bangladesh. Those actions had a very positive impact on regional security. However, I hope that the strengthening of cooperation with India’s neighbors will not remain on paper and will be implemented in practice”, – Vice President, Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan. 


“Successful presidential elections in Afghanistan contributed a positive development to South Asian regional security. Those in India anticipate from the new President effective work towards stabilizing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRA). We hope that the new Afghan authorities will find their own way out of the complicated situation that afflicts their country and lessen the influence of the Afghanistan factor on the rest of South Asian security.  Most importantly, we hope that Afghanistan will cease to be a gathering point for terrorists and will begin to conduct peaceful policies”, – Vice President, Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan.  


“Narendra Modi will actively support any opportunity for economic growth in India. Modi is strictly pragmatic – he plans to rule on the following principle: “If India’s interests are ignored, India will not meet you halfway”’, – Nandan Unnikrishnan, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation and member of the PIR Center International Expert Group.


“The most powerful international terrorist organizations acting in the Middle East are looking for new ways of launching the terrorist attacks. They look for something different, which could have stronger influence on the global public opinion. A threat from terrorist armed with the weapons of mass destruction has transboundary and supra-regional character”, – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.


“There is no clarity, what are the views of Narendra Modi on the foreign policy. But obviously, a large set of domestic issues was accumulated, which must be solved by new leadership in the next two to three years. Those include problems of economy, the social sphere, and politics. Internal agenda of the new prime minister promises to be very intense”, – Vice President, Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan.