“It is unlikely that the denunciation of the agreement on Iran's nuclear program will be a priority of the new US president. Mr. Trump, who has declared his readiness to talk Kim Jong-un out of possession of nuclear weapons, would more likely attempt to bargain with Tehran for more favorable terms and conditions. The problem is that neither President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, running for re-election in May 2017, nor the country’s Supreme Leader, confident that the deal was already tilted into US favor, would accept any further concessions”, – PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy.
"Governance and Global Affairs" M. A. in International Affairs in 2015
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.
“For the moment, the implementation of the deal goes relatively fine. There were some recent attempts on behalf of US Congress Republicans to ban the heavy water purchases from Iran, which would be counter to the JCPOA, but they were thwarted. The more pressing issue is the one about the proper implementation of the sanction relief part of the agreement. With Washington declining to let Iran use its financial system (the country is banned from it under previous non-nuclear sanctions) the uncertainty looms over the future of Iranian assets “unfrozen” under the JCPOA some of which are in US dollars.” – Andrey Baklitskiy, PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director.
“Iranian missile launches do not violate country’s commitments or norms of international law. All of the provisions of Resolution 1929, that prohibited Tehran from launching ballistic missiles, were terminated in January 2016, and the resolution 2231 merely “calls upon” Iran not to undertake any activity related to such launches, which is not legally binding; the JCPOA does not address the issue of ballistic missile launches.” – Andrey Baklitskiy, PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director.
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
The 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.
PIR Center Analysis
During the election campaign, Donald Trump expressed interest in normalizing relations with Russia, so there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic today about the U.S.-Russian relationship and the wider international situation. Several important questions come to mind:
- Will the new U.S. leader att...
International agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue, signed in summer of 2015 (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - JCPOA), has become a turning point in efforts to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime. However, approaches to its implementation are still the subject of controversy betwee...
The beginning of 2016 was marked by growing activity of DPRK leaders in implementing their national program to develop medium- and long-range ballistic missiles. Iran, in its turn, conducted two test launches of missiles used by the national armed forces. Such activity triggered protests of the glob...
The Russian–U.S. working group on the Iranian nuclear issue was established in November 2013 by the PIR Center, a leading Russian NGO in the area of international security, and the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), a regional center under the U.S. Department of Defense. The a...
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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