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“The humanitarian rhetoric has led to polarization in the NPT review process. A group of states with more radical approach regarding the nuclear disarmament is ready to delegitimize the possession of nuclear weapons through additional legal instruments. They have separated from a wider group of states, which support increased pace of disarmament but are not ready for such drastic actions” — Alena Makhukova, PIR Center's Research Fellow.
200 years ago to this day, the Russian flag was hoisted over the island of Kauai. And the river Don appeared on its map. Hawaii could have become a part of the Russian Empire. So what happened two centuries ago? Why didn’t Hawaii join Russia? What happened to the Russian heritage of Kauai? Vladimir Orlov reports on what happened here 200 years ago.
“During the last 17 years, it was confirmed that any state that wants to play at the top table of world politics must have sustainable and complex power base. Without it, there is no chance to lastingly join the leading powers of the world. During the same period the moral superiority of one system versus others has weakened. The moral superiority of the West has been undermined due to 17 years of interventions since 1999. There should not be any misunderstanding, those actions even when legally objectionable due to the absence of the approval of the UN Security Council, could be carried out under the assumption that democracy is better for the people than authoritarian rule, not to mention dictatorship” — Pal Dunay, Director of OSCE Academy in Bishkek.
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.