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.
About PIR Center
PIR Center is an independent nongovernmental organization, which carries out research, as well as educational, public awareness and publishing activities, and provides consulting services. From the time of its founding in April 1994 to this day, the priority areas of the Center's research studies remain international security, control and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. PIR Center is in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
From 1994 to 2014, the PIR Center has published Security Index journal (Yaderny Kontrol "Nuclear Control" until 2007). The journal is published in Russian and English four times a year. The special edition one-hundredth issue of the journal came into the world in spring of 2012. Because of this, the PIR Center held a series of academic and practical events in Moscow, Geneva and Vienna to mark the occasion. Since 2014, PIR Press, LLC is the journal's publisher.
Informational and analytic writing occupies an important part of our work in the form of the regularly published informational/analytic newsletters PIR Press, Yaderny Kontrol, Russia Confidential, and CyberPulse (published since 20/09/2012). The PIR Center is located in Moscow; the PIR Center's partner organization, Centre Russe d'Etudes Politiques, is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The PIR Center has long and extensive ties with leading Russian and foreign research institutes, government and non-government experts. All this allows the PIR Center to remain one of the most authoritative Russian organizations to take part in international discussion on global security issues.
PIR Center has become a leading Russian nongovernmental research organization in the area of international security. In its day-to-day operations, the Center maintains close contacts with executive and legislative agencies. The Center receives considerable support from its Advisory Board that numbers more then 60 individual and corporate members.
Since 1997, the PIR Center has been developing educational programs in the area of nonproliferation and international security. Under its educational projects, the Center closely interacts with the leading Russian higher education institutions: MGIMO, MEPhI, St. Petersburg, Tomsk and Novosibirsk State Universities and others. With the appointment of PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov in 2001 as a UN consultant on disarmament and nonproliferation education, the Center won international recognition in the sphere of education.
PIR Center makes intensive efforts to involve young specialists in its work. The Center staff in different times included recent graduates of the top Russian higher education institutions, such as MGIMO, Moscow State University and MEPhI. Their professional development, however, would be impossible without support and advice given by experienced senior colleagues: one of the founding fathers of the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Doctor of History, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary, Professor Roland Timerbaev; Doctor of Military Sciences, Lieutenant-General (Ret.) Vasily Lata etc.
The Center has around 20 staff members working on various short- and long-term projects.
Since its establishment, the PIR Center has been publishing materials on nonproliferation, arms control and international security either in its periodicals or as monographs of the PIR Center Library series.
PIR Center for International Studies Autonomous Non-for-Profit Organization is listed in the register envisaged by the paragraph 10 of the article 13.1 of the Federal Law of the Russian Federation “On Non-profit Organizations”.