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06.07.2017

“Russia’s position can be seen as equally close or equi-distant from all of the countries in the Arabia. Russia is interested in maintaining quite well-balanced relations with all the actors in this new drama. I believe that our position is close to the position of the U.S. and Europe, because no one wants destabilization in the Middle East which could lead to catastrophic results», — Vitaly Naumkin, President of Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

20.01.2017

«The outcome of the contradiction or dualism in the incoming Trump administration between, on the one hand, the realists who want a better relationship with Russia and a prioritization of the struggle against terrorism, and on the other, the rightwing hawks who want to push back against Iran and China», – Dayan Jayatilleka (Sri Lanka), member of PIR Center International Expert Group, expert and diplomat.  

15.07.2016

In the new issue of the Security Index: Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO on DPRK nuclear testing and the future of the CTBTO, PIR Center’s recommendations for strengthening the international nuclear non-proliferation regime with comments by Sergio Duarte, High Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), Vadim Kozyulin on autonomous combat systems, Andrey Shkarbanov and Konstantin Stalmakhov on civil liability for nuclear damage, Kamal Gasimov on conflicts and squabbles within Syrian opposition, round table discussion on high-tech crime co-sponsored by CCI and PIR Center, Olga Mikhailova on cyber security of NPPs and critical infrastructure, Alyona Makhukova on Humanitarian initiative and the NPT review process.

11.07.2016

"Fears of those who believe that the end of the Syrian conflict will lead to a civil war between the opposition groups are far from being groundless", — Kamal Gasimov, expert at the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

 

29.01.2016

“In Syria, we have witnessed the attempts of at least two new centers of power – Turkey and Saudi Arabia – to pursue their geopolitical goals by means of force. Subsequently, Iran too began to display its geopolitical ambitions in the Syrian theater. The activation of power centers constitutes a phenomenon that by far extends the field of the broader Middle East.  Other countries – taking into account, of course, their actual capabilities and the conditions under which they operate – pursue a similar policy, such as Poland, India, Brazil and Iran. In the near future, assuming a stabilization of the economic situation, Indonesia and Egypt will also begin to pursue such a policy,” – Dmitry Efstafyev, member of the PIR Center Executive Board.

29.12.2015

“If regional and global players are coming to some kind of agreement, it can be possible to stop the bloodshed in Syria. We already witness some success in organizing local ceasefires. I believe that the peace negotiations will start in 2016, but I doubt they are going to start with a national ceasefire. We know situations in history when peace negotiations were conducted against the backdrop of an ongoing conflict” – Dr. Vitaly Naumkin, President, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

 


30.11.2015

“Russia has to rethink many things in relations with Turkey, including in terms of security. It would be extremely naive to assume that the new Turkish long-term development direction will manifest itself only in Syria” — Dmitry Evstafiev, member of PIR Center Executive Board, professor of the Higher School of Economics.


03.06.2015

“If suddenly Iran is out of enriched uranium and it isn’t able to provide us with it, we will be able to address to IAEA. It is like to borrow money in an ordinary bank: one cannot rely only on personal income and has to go to a bank from time to time. It’s a certain airbag, which would secure us if the fuel cycle or other things go wrong, for example, due to political reasons. The Middle East is a very turbulent place: today we’re friends, tomorrow there could be another situation,” - Mohammed Shaker, Chairman of Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs.

20.05.2015

“In the changing conditions of the development of natural gas markets, Russia and Iran are playing on the same field, and the changes that are taking place in Iran’s oil and gas sector, which are reflected on the exporting potential of the country, will inevitably impact in the potential Russian participation in international natural gas markets. We are also likely to see changes in the arrangement of traditional competition among international organizations. The future of competition between Russia and Iran may depend on the following factors: first, Iran’s conscious decision to enter markets that Russia is seeking (comprised of mostly non-Europeans), and secondly, the prospect of coordinated actions within the framework of existing institutions in gas markets”, – Researcher of the Institute of Energy Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences Irina Mironova.

21.04.2015

“The solution to the Iranian nuclear issue should not be reached at the expense of these countries’ interests. The security concerns of Iran’s neighbors should be addressed, though not in the comprehensive agreement itself. Providing security assurances to the region could also result in a more positive attitude towards the nuclear deal with Iran. At the same time, international efforts should be aimed at making sure that no country in the Middle East is facing a military threat from its neighbors, rather than playing into the narrative of the states aspiring to regional hegemony or special status” – PIR Center and Strategic Studies Network report “Iran in the Regional and Global Perspective”.


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