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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.
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).
PIR Center is a Moscow-based organization. In addition, Centre russe d'etudes politiques founded on the PIR Center initiative at the territory of the Canton Geneva represents the organization interests in Europe.
The first project and the trademark publication of the PIR Center was the Yaderny Kontrol journal, the pilot issue of which came out in November 1994. The Russian and international establishments and expert communities have recognized Yaderny Kontrol as the source of objective analytical information on the subject of nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction and arms control. The understanding of the complex character of current security problems brought the existing group of authors and the editorial board to the decision to expand the scope of the journal and to release the new edition under the title Security Index. Beginning in 2007, the journal is published four times a year in both Russian and English. The English edition of Security Index is published by Routledge publishing house and distributed from London worldwide. In 2012 a landmark 100th issue of the Journal came out in print.
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”.