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“Even if the upcoming review conference goes sour, it will not necessarily mean the collapse of the NPT. But even if in all hopes of staying away from excessive drama and the unnecessary letting-out of passions, I cannot help but notice that at the moment there are too many signs that a big blast is possible. Volcanoes sleep for a long time, and signs of recovery do not always mean the immediate beginning of an eruption. But if too many anxiety symptoms accumulate, one begins to think about evacuation and not about the fact that there might be a lot of drama and pathos in statements to the press,” – PIR Center Director, Vladimir Orlov.


“The postponement of the final agreement with Iran on its nuclear program is not a drama. It is a diplomatic inevitability. In order to polish this serious document – if we desire it to work and to not remain on paper like the agreement with North Korea, – more effort and political will is needed. This especially pertains to Washington, where the Obama administration faltered after the election in Congress. To at first promise Iranians the removal of sanctions and to then not follow through is not an option,” – PIR Center Director, Vladimir Orlov.


“Successful negotiation of the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program could cause deep changes in the Middle East. Iran can return to the role it played in the 1960s and 1970s, before the fall of the Shah’s regime. Less rapid and profound will be the shifts in the global energy market. In the current decade, Iran will not turn into an energy superpower. However, if the Iranian elite finally manages to remove obstacles to massive foreign investment, the export of Iranian oil and gas by the end of the decade can, by more or less realistic estimates, grow to 3 million barrels per day and 50-60 billion cubic meters per year, respectively,” – Yuri Fedorov, Member of the Security Index Editorial Board.


“Our technology is proven to be of a high, reliable quality.  Our partners are no less interested in us than we are in them.  The age of nuclear energy facilities is extending; it will soon reach 100 plus years – much longer than any particular trend in international affairs.  We are self-sufficient in practically all critical nuclear technologies.  Most importantly, Russia is ready to balanced cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit and the interests of the involved parties,” – Director of the Department of International Cooperation, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Mikhail Lysenko.


“Without exception, all articles and materials of this issue were written by staff members, members of the PIR Center Board, as well as graduates of PIR Center, or, if you please, representatives of the expanding PIR Community, our colleagues and friends who at some point during our 20-year history have worked at PIR Center, come to us as interns, received PIR Center scholarships, or completed our educational or training programs.  This issue is a collective gift from our graduates, our friends, constituting of already more than 800 individuals of the PIR Community on PIR Center’s 20th anniversary,” – Editorial Board of the Security Index journal.  


“The way the negotiations are going now is preferable by all parties – nobody wants a deal for time being. Economically: the sanctions might have hurt the Iranians to some degree, but they are living with them for a long time. They already have what I call “sanction generation” in the country right now, and nothing happened. It is a good thing if the sanctions are lifted or suspended for reasonable period; but they are not in a hurry. At the same time, the West is also not rushing to close the deal with the Iranians as there are too many unknown variables in the regional situation,” – Mustafa Fetouri, member of the PIR Center International Expert Group.


«The essence of the Iranian puzzle could be basically boiled down to four main questions: How the Iranian nuclear program should look like under the comprehensive agreement? What would be the optimal way of removing sanctions? What can be done to further engage Iran and the international community to provide verification and empower constructive forces on both sides? In what way the regional dynamics can help to reach a sustainable agreement with Iran?», - PIR Center's “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Coordinator Andrey Baklitskiy.


“Joint Russian-US programs on WMD nonproliferation and nonproliferation education in the Middle East with Iranian participation could become an effective confidence-building measure for Tehran and the international community. Such programs can be implemented in the context of the G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction or other similar frameworks”, ­­– PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.


“Since January 20, 2014 the implementation of the interim agreement between Iran and P5+1 is under way. Now the main question should be: what do we expect next? Will we witness a “way forward” or a “roll back” scenario?” – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.


“Iran is open for cooperation with all of it Arab neighbors, including Saudi Arabia. We have a lot of common challenges, fight against extremists being one of them. I am ready to travel to Riyadh or to meet my Saudi counterpart on other occasion”, – Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Zarif.