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The latest issue of the Security Index journal is partly devoted to the development of the global nuclear energy sector and nuclear infrastructure. Against the backdrop of the oil-and-gas needle and amid the continued devaluation of the Russian currency, the Russian nuclear energy sector seems to offer what may well be the only tangible, comprehensive, and carefully thought-out answer to economic upheavals. This particular branch of the Russian high-tech sector is not a prototype but a working engine.


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.


«It is a great honor for me to become a member of PIR Center Executive Board. I have been cooperating with Vladimir Orlov and his colleagues for a long time. PIR Center is well known as one of the leading international analytical institutions, and I will apply all my efforts to contribute to the development of the organization», – professor of the Department of Integrated Communications at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics, PIR Center Executive Board Member Dr. Dmitry Evstafiev.


“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.


“It seems that the most probable scenario of development of the situation around Iranian nuclear program is the one I call Muddling through. The agreement between Iran and P5+1 will be reached, but it will be a fragile one. The West will accuse Tehran of noncompliance. The tensions in the Gulf and in the Middle East as a whole will rise. However it will not affect Russian-Iranian cooperation in the nuclear energy sector, military-technical sphere and the exchange of high-level visits”, – PIR Center President 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.


“Perhaps we can call the emerging system of global politics as postmodern colonialism or imperialism 2.0, since all the classic components of the system of imperialism - the periphery, metropolis, control over communications channels, imposing of the culture of metropolis – present there. Only the content of these components and the way the system is managed have changed significantly,” - Dmitry Evstafiev, Security Index journal observer.


“With President Obama we have passed the stage known as the U.S.-Russia “Reset”, and we did it quite well. Yes, these aren’t taintless, easy bilateral relations, but there is no perceived crisis as well. We have good dialogue on certain issues, and tough dialogue on other ones. In general the dynamics of these relations is pretty high. I think that if Romney is elected, Russia would manage to build such kind of relations that enables proper dialogue. Suffice to say that for Soviet Union and Russia it was usually easier to speak to Republicans rather than to Democrats. There’s such a historic trend.” – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.


 «The intriguing plot around the future host of the White House for the next several years is unveiling right now – and the outcome is not clear yet neither for myself, nor for our reviewers Dmitry Evstafiev и Yury Fedorov, who have devoted a number of pages to the results of the Washington pre-election fight, nor for our polemists Christopher Ford and Thomas Graham who observe the developments of the campaign from the inside and express support their candidates — Ford to Romney, Graham to Obama», — writes Vladimir Orlov, the editor-in-chief of Security Index journal in his editorial.