PIR PRESS NEWS
“The superficially calm atmosphere at the third PrepCom was deceptive. There is a major build-up of frustration ahead of the 2015 RevCon in various parts of the world, including the Middle East and the countries that are unhappy with the slow pace of nuclear disarmament, as well as with the restoration of nuclear weapons’ role as the main guarantee of security in the twenty-first century. Also, during the previous RevCons the USA and Russia worked in tandem to produce persuasive counterarguments, channel that frustration, and make it manageable. In 2015, however, such a concerted effort will require a miracle of political acrobatics – and miracles are in very short supply at the moment,” – the PIR Center’s Director Vladimir Orlov.
"Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will not be productive if it is a separate element of the ecosystem of Internet governance. The Forum will be able to implement more opportunities, if it can be built into the process of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)"- Julia Elanskaya, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Mass Communications of the Russian Federation.
“At each of the Review conferences, State parties make lengthier statements and the documents are becoming more and more voluminous. For the next Review Conference, we must concentrate on the practical side of issues.” – Tariq Rauf, Director of Arms Control and Non-proliferation, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
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.