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“The UN peacekeepers are only tools and the decision on how to use these tools is being made by important officials in New York. They are trying to make this decision by compromise or by condition of a complete blocking by one State of any compromise. The latter means a complete standstill, that is why all the questions must be addressed to the guys from the East River”, – Alexander Shumilin, the Head of the Center for Analysis of Middle East conflicts.


“I think that the impact of financial crisis in the United States and reduction in arms spending that can actually restrict further development of the missile defense system is far more important for the future of the strategic dialogue, rather than decisions made now,” –  Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education Vyacheslav Nikonov.


"The current state of bilateral Russian-India relations cannot but arouse concern. There has been no breakthrough in the spheres of bilateral cooperation prior to the traditional annual high-level meeting. Putin pays an official visit to the country still sharing relations of friendship and partnership with Russia, but it becomes apparent that this credit earned in the Soviet era is not limitless. It's necessary to search for new dimensions of cooperation." - PIR Center Internet Project Director Andrey Baklitsky.


“The instability in a number of post-Arab Spring countries, including Libya and Egypt have demonstrated that the resolution of the hot phase of conflict does not result in the stability desired and does not bring about change that is clearly showing in the direction of lasting settlement. This is a contributing factor of doubt concerning a conclusive resolution of the Syrian conflict. The hesitation of many states stems from the fact nobody knows whether Syria under the leadership of the current opposition forces would be better governed than now”, - Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Pál Dunay.


The value of International Security Index iSi as of August 1, 2012 stands at 2745 points.


“Austerity, is clearly, a very slow way of getting out of the crisis as it results in lower consumption and higher unemployment. Due to loss of consumption the tax revenue base shrinks. Due to higher unemployment social expenditures increase as most western European countries have large and (as of now) in affordably expensive social services. Consequently, the conclusion drawn by some, and not only by new French leadership, that austerity on its own does not result in economic recovery is correct”, - Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Pál Dunay.


“The impeachment of President of Paraguay Fernando Lugo and his ousting from office had a negative impact on the security climate in the region. On the one hand, the procedure passed in full accordance with the constitution of the country, not through a military coup, which is usual for many countries in the region. On the other hand, this event raised tensions in the region and led to harsh criticism from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay”, - Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.


“Uzbekistan's withdrawal from the CSTO has provoked debate about the pro-American background of the incident. Not long before the decision of the official Tashkent, it became public that after leaving Afghanistan in 2014, the NATO military equipment may be transferred to the countries of Central Asia and to remain in the region. However, the news, in my opinion, is artificially inflated. If the CSTO member states will not overemphasize the fact, it is unlikely that American military equipment in Central Asia will be a threat or a challenge to the unity of the organization. Membership in the CSTO does not exclude cooperation of member countries with other states in the military and military-technical spheres”, - a member of PIR Center International Expert Group, independent political analyst, Farhad Tolipov.