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“Rejecting nothing of what the life is offering – is my motto,” – today Vadim Kozyulin, PIR Center Senior Research Fellow, celebrates his 50th birthday. Happy birthday, Vadim Kozyulin!


“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 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.


“Air defense systems will sooner or later have to face aggressive, well-armed and resilient groups of drones. Thanks to their collective distributed intelligence, these groups will act as parts of a single whole. They will be able to analyze the situation to the same standard of accuracy as humans, only faster. Human operators may be part of their control systems, adding an element of creativity and unpredictability,” – writes PIR Center Senior Vice President Lieut.-Gen. (Ret.) Evgeny Buzhinsky in his article for Security Index journal.


“There is nothing in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that could shake the basis of the Russian military export. On the contrary, it allows Moscow to go on carrying out its offers. Moreover, Russia could have turned out to be a leader of the movement for the changes in the arms market, as it is obvious that re-export and arms dealers are the two key components in the illegal arms market. Furthermore Russia has already got methods for conventional weapons control, in the case ATT once really becomes a tool for combating illegal trade” - PIR Center Senior Research Fellow Vadim Kozyulin.


“A distinctive feature of the current situation is that the majority of European states do not consider conventional arms a primary threat, one of the reasons that no new agreements have been reached. As a result, a number of Russia’s foreign partners suggest emphasizing potential cooperation on common European security rather than focusing on the threats,” – Oleg Shakirov, PIR Center Intern."


“Certainly, the theme of Syria will be repeated in different languages at the conference on the adoption of the International Arms Trade Treaty. Russian export of weapons to this country has for many become an example of irresponsible arms trade with the state where clashes have killed, according to different estimates, up to ten thousand citizens. On the Russian side there can be counter-claims, because certain forces are also supplying weapons - and not defensive ones - to insurgents who organize terrorist acts and are apparently trying to destabilize the situation in the country.” – PIR Center Senior Research Fellow Vadim Kozyulin.


“A series of theme activities on the Arms Trade Treaty have helped participants of the International Summer School to study international arms transfer laws in an informal and interactive way”, – PIR Center's Director of Program for Conventional Arms and ATT Vadim Kozyulin.


“The International Arms Trade Treaty is a bold and progressive initiative. A lot of complex issues will have to be agreed over the next 18 months. Meanwhile, Russia's position on this matter is clearly evolving. Russian experts have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the proposed treaty” – Director of the PIR Center Conventional Arms and ATT Project Vadim Kozyulin.


“Arms Trade Treaty is not a set of prohibitions and not a mechanism for arms embargo. It is rather a tool for division of responsibility for the use of supplied weapons between importer and exporter,” - Vadim Kozyulin, Director of PIR Center's Conventional Arms Project.