On February 23-25, 2014, PIR Center chaired Strategic Studies Network’s (SSN) working group «Iran in Regional and Global Perspective», organized by the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA). The meeting will be held in Bangkok, Tha...


The expert support of the the direct interaction between Washington and Moscow is crucial for maintaining positive dynamics of the process. With this goal PIR Center and Near East South Asia (NESA) Center have formed a bilateral task force to address...


Launching a non-governmental White Paper by PIR Center, Moscow in co-operation with Centre russe d’etudes politiques, Geneva and UNOG Library.


PIR Center international seminar became a platform where the representatives from Russian Foreign Ministry and Rosatom spoke together with representatives from the USA, Iran, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, UAE and the Arab League.

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  • Position : "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director
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  • Position : Director, PIR Center; Editor-in-Chief, Security Index Journal
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“Without exception, all articles and materials of this issue were written by staff members, members of the PIR Center Board, as well as graduates of PIR Center, or, if you please, representatives of the expanding PIR Community, our colleagues and friends who at some point during our 20-year history have worked at PIR Center, come to us as interns, received PIR Center scholarships, or completed our educational or training programs.  This issue is a collective gift from our graduates, our friends, constituting of already more than 800 individuals of the PIR Community on PIR Center’s 20th anniversary,” – Editorial Board of the Security Index journal.  


“The way the negotiations are going now is preferable by all parties – nobody wants a deal for time being. Economically: the sanctions might have hurt the Iranians to some degree, but they are living with them for a long time. They already have what I call “sanction generation” in the country right now, and nothing happened. It is a good thing if the sanctions are lifted or suspended for reasonable period; but they are not in a hurry. At the same time, the West is also not rushing to close the deal with the Iranians as there are too many unknown variables in the regional situation,” – Mustafa Fetouri, member of the PIR Center International Expert Group.


«The essence of the Iranian puzzle could be basically boiled down to four main questions: How the Iranian nuclear program should look like under the comprehensive agreement? What would be the optimal way of removing sanctions? What can be done to further engage Iran and the international community to provide verification and empower constructive forces on both sides? In what way the regional dynamics can help to reach a sustainable agreement with Iran?», - PIR Center's “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Coordinator Andrey Baklitskiy.

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Iranian Nuclear Program: Russia’s Interests

“The Russian Federation has close and long-standing relations with Iran and we would like to use all our opportunities in order to make the hard dialogue we have today crown with success”

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev

p59_2.jpgThe Iranian nuclear program has been carefully reviewed by PIR Center’s experts over the last 15 years. The issue is covered on the regular bases through Security Index journal, exclusive bulletin Russia confidential as well as PIR PRESS newsletter.

PIR Center President Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov is a permanent participant of Russian and international summits and expert discussions aimed at elaborating further steps to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.

In the framework of this project PIR Center’s experts closely follow the developments around the Stuxnet worm attack on Iran’s nuclear plant in Bushehr, the impact of international sanctions against Iran, the future of Iranian nuclear program.

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PIR Center Analysis

Less than two months lie between now and July 20, 2014 when, according to the deal reached last November, a comprehensive agreement between Iran and P5+1 should be signed. Prior to the November 2013, the talks on the Iranian nuclear issue had been ongoing for more than a decade with no apparent succ...

Since January 20, 2014 the implementation of the interim agreement between Iran and P5+1 is under way. Now the main question should be: what do we expect next? In this paper I tried to briefly elaborate on the possible scenarios for the next 6 to 12 months. I would like to notice that it is a very s...

Yulia Sveshnikova, Amir Roknifard

The Iranian presidential election held on June 14, 2013 was won by the moderate candidate, Hassan Rouhani; his victory came as something of a surprise even for his own team.
Amir Roknifard, an information security consultant, and PIR Center expert Yulia Sveshnikova analyze the factors that have broug...

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The idea of establishing a Weapons of Mass Destruction or Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Middle East is not new; it dates back to 1970’s. However, the security landscape of the Middle East today has compelled most analysts to look at the idea and the concept anew. Most regard the potential arms rac...

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