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“Had the ISIS won in Kobane, the effects would have been catastrophic in Turkey: it would have ignited a popular Kurdish rebellion against the Erdogan regime which would have been held accountable for the fall of Kobane to ISIS by the Kurds of Turkey. Kobane stands as the symbol of the rise and empowerment of the Kurds in the Middle East, and its effects are going to reverberate in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran in the coming years”, – Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Halil Karaveli.
«Even the positive climate of the Third Session was a double-edged sword: the delegations were so eager to achieve a consensus that they dropped the most contentious issues from the PrepCom agenda, and left them for the Review Conference to deal with in 2015. Debates at the RevCon will inevitably focus on nuclear disarmament and the Middle East, and the international community will eventually have to tackle these problems head-on», – PIR Center’s "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy.
“The pessimistic scenario leaves open the beginning of a war between Russia and Ukraine, and even further clashes between Russia and NATO. Such turn of events is possible, if the Ukrainian war party decides to solve the problem of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics by force, or if the rebels resume hostilities in an attempt to break the economic blockade. In any of these scenarios, it will be difficult for Russia to maintain the position of a neutral observer, especially if the question arises about the military defeat of the self-proclaimed republics”, - PIR Center Senior Vice President, Lieutenant General (Retired), Evgeny Buzhinsky.
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.