PIR PRESS NEWS
“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.
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.