PIR PRESS NEWS
“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.
“Unless the CTBT enters into force, there is a risk that countries will pull out of the agreement and once again carry out nuclear tests. In that case, we would lose twenty years of hard work and fifty to sixty years of negotiations on a treaty and a dream.”— Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO.
“In 2016, public opinion will have to strike a balance between democracy and security. As the demands placed on great powers to counter threats continue to grow, overall cohesion is weakened and the current situation worsens. If terrorist groups decide to use weapons of mass destruction, the negative repercussions will be felt across the globe. The threat increases as great powers engage in heavy military build-up” – Sergio Duarte, member of the International Expert Group of PIR Center.
I am counting on your [PIR Center] expert assistance in the search for effective responses to the challenges and threats associated with large-scale international terrorist activity.
Sergei Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Security Index journal is always a welcome reminder of a wider picture, of how interconnected the world's problems are. It has become a must-read for many people here in Vienna, the hub of a number of security related organizations in the wider UN System.
Tibor Toth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Comission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
From the moment of its foundation, one of the PIR Center's priorities has been the publication of academic periodicals and monographs devoted to the issues of international security and the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. To a great extent, the recognition of the PIR Center in the academic world, business community, and political circles is due to the demand for the organization's main publication, the Security Index journal in its Russian and International editions (before 2007 - Yaderny Kontrol).
High-ranking Russian and foreign politicians not merely read the journal but also express on its pages their views on international security issues. The journal authors include Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and the Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, Ambassador Tibor Tóth, Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and many others.
Since 2000, the PIR Center has been publishing monographs of the PIR Center Library series. Those include the two-volume textbook for Russian higher education institutions Nuclear Nonproliferation the guideboook Global Partnership Against The Spread Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction, the report Russians on the Threat of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism, and others.
During the years PIR Center has also extensivly published on the diversity of global security, nonproliferation and arms control problems. In particular, these include PIR Study Papers: Russia and Global Security (since 1996), the series of PIR Center Reports (1997-2000), the journals Missile and Outer Space, Chemical weapons and problems of its destruction, Export of conventional arms. The latter became the basis for the journal Eksport Vooruzheniy edited by the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies.