On Wednesday, 24 November, an agreement was announced between the three German parties to form a new coalition government. It included the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the Free Democrats, whereby the coalition was called a “traffic light”. At the same time, it was announced that Germany will remain part of NATO’s nuclear sharing agreement - a strategy for the joint use of NATO's nuclear arsenal. 


On November 15, 2021, PIR Center held the III International Timerbaev Nuclear Debates. This year, students and young specialists in the field of nuclear nonproliferation and global security from Russia and foreign countries took part in the event. The teams of debaters were represented by such Russian and foreign universities and organizations as MGIMO Russia, MEPhI, Ural Federal University (UrFU), PIR Center, as well as MIIS and CTBTO Youth Group.


The "Chinese factor" is playing an increasingly important role in ensuring regional and international security. At the moment, there are no reasonable arguments in favor of China's participation in arms control on an equal footing with Russia and the United States, but there is a tendency to correct this bias on the part of China. In terms of its influence on strategic stability, China can no longer be put on the same level as France or the UK. By modernizing and increasing the military budget, the PRC demonstrates its readiness to become a full-fledged "military superpower", including in the field of rocket science and advanced technologies. This paper analyzes the Chinese arsenal of strategic non-nuclear weapons (SNNW) in the Asia-Pacific region (APR).

Experts about Centre Russe d'etudes Politiques

igor_brat4ikov_s.jpg"We cannot but emphasize the topicality of publications by Centre Russe d'etudes Politiques as well as the professionalism and means of experience of their authors".

Igor Bratchikov,

Ambassador of Russian Federation to Switzeralnd and Liechtenshtein (2007-2012).


001.jpg"Thank you and your Center for the great job you do. Your Journal and website are both an extraordinary tool for information and analysis". I'll be honoured collaborating with you again in the future". 

Jorge Ferrer.

Cuban journalist and writer

"I welcome the initiative of the PIR Center to open its European office in Switzerland. This will make a significant contribution to strengthening the strategic dialogue between Russia, Europe and the U.S. and also will provide a forum for exchanging the views between representatives of government, international experts, students, political scientists, and representatives of business and the media. "

Constantine Kosachev.

The head of The Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation


 "At the Permanent Mission of Russian Federation we are  very much appreciate the contribution of the Center Russe d'etudes politiques to the Gstaad process and to the trilateral Russian-American-European strategic cooperation, as well as in-depth analysis of European security, international security and global Internet governance. We hope to continue and to strength the friendship between the Permanent Mission of Russian Federation and the European Office of the PIR Center. "

Victor Vasiliev.

Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Office in Geneva

"I have to note the contribution of the Centre, which had made influential and meaningful contributions to the analyses and practical discussions about the role of nuclear weapons and Russian nuclear centers in ensuring the defense capabilities and security of the Russian state. I am certain that the lively expert discussion of these issues that graced the pages of Yaderniy Kontrol will be continued on the pages of its successor, Security Index.”

Viktor Zavarzin.

  First Deputy Chairman, Defense Committee, State Duma of the Russian Federation


"Your Center is a unique organization that promotes a better understanding of Russian approaches to key international security issues. Center and your "Security Index" journal are doing very important work".

Laura Kennedy

Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva  

“Please accept my congratulations with the launch of the first issue of Security Index. It clearly demonstrates that the analysis carried out by your Centre on a wide range of international security issues, including disarmament and nonproliferation, has been of high demand.” 

 Sergei Lavrov,

Russian Foreign Minister  




“Your Center has earned the status of one of the leading research organizations in Russia. Your analytical and fact-finding work on contemporary problems of international security, nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the fight against terrorism deserve the highest professional recognition.”

Dmitry Medvedev,

Prime-Minister, Russia



“Your Center has emerged as an internationally recognized institution that fulfils a crucial function in terms of providing a much needed Russian perspective on the most pressing security challenges facing all of us.”

Sam Nunn,

Co-Chairman and CEO of the Initiative of the Nuclear Threat (NTI)



                                          "I had the privilege to receive the first issue of Security Index just freshly out of the printing office and I had a look at it. I'm very much impressed by the quality of the authors and by the quality of their analysis. Security Index is a most valuable contribution to modern security policy thinking. We are particularly honored and proud that you chose Geneva not only for the launching of the international edition of your publication but also for the presence of the European branch of the PIR Center, Centre russe d'études politiques. Geneva understands itself as a platform for the international community. It is there to serve all of you: individuals, thinkers, organizations and states. We know there was a strong competition from other cities and you have chosen Geneva. Geneva is perfectly neutral. Geneva is perfectly linked to other institutions in modern security."

Erwin Hofer,

Ambassador of Switzerland to the Russian Federation


"You chose Geneva for your activities and you chose it en connaissance de cause. Geneva is indeed an ideal location with its international organizations, conferences, NGOs, think tanks and other institutes. And this is also a center for humanitarian activities and for human rights, health, environment, commerce, telecommunications research. I am convinced that you will use the platform that constitutes Geneva to a maximum for your work in this endeacor in the interest of peace in the world.”

Jürg Streuli,

President, Council of Foundation, Swiss Foundation for Mine Action  


“Despite its quite short history, Centre Russe d'études politiques (CREP) has earned a well-deserved respect of experts in the field of international relations and international security as an important tool in establishing a constructive dialogue between Russia and the world community. The Center’s publications and events always touching the most burning issues of international security arouse an immutable interest among the expert community, governmental institutions, scientists, and general public.”

Yuri Udin,



"There’s so much concern that we are heading in the direction that neither of us [USA and Russia] really seems to want but neither of us can avoid. And that direction seems to be bringing us to the potential for conflict... That generates the commitment, which was the positive side of the discussion of Centre russe d'etudes politiques and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey. We had a very pragmatic discussion. There was relatively little posturing, and there was a lot of serious direct constructive exploration of our differences.”

Brad Roberts,

Director of Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

“The meeting, organized by Centre russe d'etudes politiques and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey was extremely useful. Most importantly because of the incredible wealth of experience of people who gathered in one room: people who were involved in negotiating. At a time when our official government-to-government communications are strained, discussions among experts and former senior leaders is very valued because that is how new ideas get generated.”

Andrew Weber,

Independent Consultant 

"It’s very important what Centre russe d'etudes politiques and professor Potter and his Monterey center are doing in promoting the dialogue [Russian-American] and keeping the channels of communication open."

Vadim Smirnov, 

Deputy Head of the Delegation and Deputy Head of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

International Institute for Strategic Studies has published a book on US-Soviet cooperation for nonproliferation. Centre russe d'etudes politiques contributed to the preparation.

“This volume is the product of research conducted under a collaborative project with the Centre russe d'etudes politiques on reinforcing and sustaining US-Russia cooperation for non-proliferation.”

William C. Potter, Director of James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and Sarah Bidgood, Senior Research Associate and Project Manager at CNS

Editors of "Once and Future Partners: The US, Russia, and Nuclear Non-proliferation"