The IAEA Voluntary Offer Agreement (with the participation of Euroatom) regarding the peaceful nuclear activities of Great Britain comes into force.
The adoption of two Memorandums of the Zangger Committee. Memorandum A defined the source and special fissionable materials. Memorandum B gave the description of equipment or material designed to work with fissionable material.



“In June, the US National Security Council was due to consider a draft decision on the revision of some elements of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). In particular, Washington wants to remove heavy attack and reconnaissance drones from the MTCR control list, which will allow American companies to supply them to “unstable” countries as well. The military-industrial complex is lobbying removal of some restrictions from the USA the most actively, and although no final decision on this issue has been reported, the consequences of such a step can be significant: the entire regime of international export control may be jeopardized” - this is the leitmotiv of the 524th issue of Yaderny Kontrol.


The article analyzes NATO nuclear sharing arrangements and examines the history of the concept of nuclear sharing, based on archival documents, and its practical implementation at the present stage. The authors pay special attention to the positions of the countries in whose territory American tactical nuclear weapons are stored, as well as to the speeches of countries against nuclear sharing at the PrepComs of the Review Conference. In conclusion, recommendations for Russia in working on this issue are voiced.


“Training in the morning frees rest of the day - this is our general rule,” – Irina Mironova, senior specialist at Gazprom, senior lecturer of international programs at European University at St. Petersburg, and Dmitry Kovchegin, independent consultant.

Regional challenges to WMD Nonproliferation


«Regional challenges to WMD Nonproliferation»


The course instructors: Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Amb. Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Mr. Oleg V. Rozhkov, Dr. Alexander V. Vorontsov, Dr. Ildar Akhtamzyan, Mr. Adlan Margoev


1. Course description

1.1 The place and role of the course in the program of study:

The course “Regional challenges to WMD Nonproliferation” aims at providing students with a comprehensive vision of the current regional challenges to the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

WMD nonproliferation regime covers nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; its legal base is formed by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).

Despite the global nature of the regime, the interests and actions of particular nation states support or undermine the WMD nonproliferation in different parts of the world. With WMD still seen as a viable means of deterrence, possession of this kind of weapons often triggered “domino effects”, when neighboring states tried to balance the capabilities of their peers symmetrically or asymmetrically. Such regional systems, covering several states and invoking different types of WMD, proved extremely difficult to dismantle.

The course will provide knowledge and discussion on key modern challenges to WMD nonproliferation in regional context.


1.2 The course objectives:

The main goal of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge of the regional aspects of the WMD nonproliferation, including:

· To introduce basic definitions, concepts, history, current state and institutional structure of WMD nonproliferation regime in the regional context.

· To provide students with the overview of the main regions of concern from the nonproliferation point of view and the case studies of national WMD programs.

· To orient students to understand the interconnection between the WMD programs of the countries of the region, regional and global security.

· To provide students with methodology of analysis of the regional WMD proliferation risks.


1.3 Learning outcomes:

Classes are generally held to provide information and methodology necessary for independent analysis and discussion on the covered topics.

Teaching methods used include lectures, consultations, seminars, discussions and students’ seminar presentations.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

1. Identify main regions of concern from the WMD nonproliferation point of view, key countries involved and the most pressing issues.

2. Understand the interconnection between national WMD programs in the regional setting, regional and global security situation.

3. Assess the possibilities to counter the WMD proliferation in the South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East.

4. Analyze the current state of US-Russian nonproliferation and arms control relations/dialogue and participate in a series of interactive discussions on this subject, either in oral or in written format, or both (optional)

5. Analyze the prospects for regional WMD disarmament.

6. Search information and literature on WMD nonproliferation issues; distinguish between authoritative and unreliable sources.


1.4 Course requirements:

Students will be required to attend not less than 90% of classes and to be prepared for class discussions. Conscientious reading of the assigned materials is compulsory. All students are required to participate in seminar and round table discussions during the course to demonstrate their familiarity with the course material, including lectures and readings. Students will also be required to prepare one presentation with power-point slides and to present it in due time. All students will be assessed by their participation in Online Seminar on U.S.-Russian Dialogue on the NPT Review Process.

Students of the WMD Nonproliferation program take final oral exam.

1.5 Grading plan:

To get «А» (“excellent”) student should get 90-100 points



Class active participation




Online Seminar





 Course outline & Literature (available in pdf)

Lecture 1. Introduction

Lecture 2 Middle East 

Lecture 3 Iran