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“From a technology viewpoint, there are no serious obstacles for the IS to create chemical weapon arsenals. Further growth of level of chemical weapons employment by the Islamic State appears to be highly probable unless any real deterrence measures are taken” – Anton Utkin, former UN inspector in Iraq, Russian technology for chemical weapon destruction creator. 


“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.


 “It is especially important for those interested in peace in Central Asia to demonstrate willingness and ability to make a sharp rebuff of any manifestations of instability. It is critical to state that opening a new front of global jihad and of global war on terrorism in Central Asia will not succeed; the countries of the region will not allow it. However, such a message can only be made convincing and effective by, first, actually realizing the entirety of the imminent danger in the region and by, secondly, using combined forces,” Associate Professor of MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Ivan Safranchuk.


“Those who like it hot are unlikely to be disappointed by 2015. Different scenarios are still possible as far as the actual taste of it is concerned, but the aftertaste is not in any doubt. Hot and bitter contrasts sharply with icy-cold. What kind of heritage has the year 2014 left for us? Will it be chilly old peace, or a new Cold War?” – PIR Center Director Vladimir Orlov.


"The evolution of the movement of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) serves not so much as an example of the fragmentation of al-Qaeda Central to regional elements (in a top-down mode) but rather as a manifestation of partly parallel, partly opposite process of transnationalization and regionalization of the radical Islamist groups,  previously focused on solving problems in a more limited local or regional context  (mostly in the bottom-up mode). These processes have led to the conversion of such a group into a full cross-border regional jihadist movement in some ways even more radical than the Al-Qaeda itself,"– member of the Editorial Board of the Security Index journal Ekaterina Stepanova.  


«Not to kill is the message, and killing innocent people is something Islam and the rest of the world reject. The threat of terrorism to global security requires co-operation from all parties to counteract and there is need for dialogue in which others’ views are respected», – Sanad Ali Al Nuaimi, head of the Strategic Studies Center (Qatar).


“Now, more than 12 years after NATO launched its operation in Afghanistan, what we can assert is that the terrorist network is expanding rapidly, its morale has been strengthened by the dream of an Islamic caliphate, and the member countries of the anti-terror coalition may well have to shift from attack to defense”, – PIR Center’s Senior Research Fellow Vadim Kozyulin.


“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.


"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.


“For both Russia and India international terrorism has never been an abstract theoretical concept. Long before the 9/11 tragedy our countries tried to draw attention to this problem, we were showing the international nature of the terrorist threat, whether it be fighting militants in Chechnya or in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir”, – PIR Center's president Vladimir Orlov.