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"November 2019 witnessed a very significant event in the sphere of strengthening WMD non-proliferation regime, namely the UN-facilitated conference on the establishment of a WMDFZ in the Middle East. In our view, the November conference was successful. More successful than anyone could expect in the beginning. Thus, a new, serious and long-term process for making further progress towards the Middle East free of any WMD has begun” – Natalia Artemenkova and Vladimir Orlov for article “Zone free of WMD in the Middle East: Moscow’s view on progress towards it” published in the International Affairs journal.


The article deals with the exploration, development and use of outer space. Special attention is paid to the military potential of outer space and the threat of its weaponization. The corresponding legal regulation instruments are especially noted. Special emphasis is placed on measures aimed at maintaining strategic stability and preventing the arms race in outer space.

The paper has been produced for the joint PIR Center – CSIS project "Reducing nuclear risks during Great Powers Competition". We thank our partners in CSIS for their cooperation and support for this publication.


"As a follow-up to my Memos dated March 27, 2020 and April 10, 2020, I hereby declare the extension of the remote work mode until 11.05.2020 inclusive, due to the persistence of the complex epidemiological situation in Moscow" Director of PIR Center Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov.


April 19, 2020, was the 70th birthday of Evgeny P. Buzhinsky, a prominent person in the field of international security, one of the most experienced Russian military diplomats and experts. For more than 40 years, Gen. Buzhinsky’s career was associated with the service of the Armed Forces of our country. Currently, he is much in demand in the field of public diplomacy, analysis, and in training of a new generation of experts in the field of international relations.


The article analyzes the development of artificial intelligence (AI) strategies. The features of the European Union approach to the development of ethical AI are considered. The author pays special attention to the activities of high-level expert groups, the key principles and requirements for AI systems, as well as to the role of the military-industrial complex in their development.


“I have been open to the international environment since childhood. Even now it’s a little intimidating, as you see a certain degree of narrow-mindedness of people and unpreparedness for a dialogue”- Anastasia Ponamareva, Associate Professor, School of World Politics of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (member of the PIR Community since 2005)


"As a follow-up to my MEMO dated 27.03.2020, I hereby declare the extension of the remote work mode until 24.04.2020 inclusive, due to the persistence of the complex epidemiological situation in Moscow",  Director of PIR Center Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov.


“In addition to obvious public health consequences, the epidemic of the novel coronavirus in Iran could affect the implementation of the IAEA safeguards agreements. In his article for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Professor George M. Moore of the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey warns: Iranian authorities may restrict the access of IAEA inspectors to the country under the pretext of combating the spread of infection. Although the IAEA assures that the inspections at nuclear facilities in Iran are carried out in full, the risks, according to Moore, are extremely high. In the absence of convincing information from the sites themselves, the international community (primarily Israel and the United States) will proceed from the most pessimistic scenarios for the development of the Iranian nuclear program” - this is the leitmotiv of the 521st issue of Yaderny Kontrol.


On March 12, 2020, a workshop “50 Years after Ratification of the NPT by the Soviet Union and its Entry into Force: Lessons Learned and Prospects for Strengthening of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime” took place. The event was co-sponsored by the PIR Center and the Institute of Contemporary International Studies (ICIS) at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian MFA.


The Anniversary XX PIR Center International School on Global Security 2020 extends applications deadline to April 13. The School will take place from 6 to 14 June in Zvenigorod, Moscow region.