The new issue of the Security Index journal is dedicated to the Russian-Western relations that have become rathertense due to the Ukrainian crisis, - so tense that experts speak about the cold war 2.0. The other important topics, discussed in the journal, are situation in Afghanistan after the troops’ withdrawal, the settlement of the Iranian unclear program. In addition, the authors address the subject of nonstrategic nuclear weapons, joint policy in cybersecurity, increase in combat capabilities.
On December 12, 2013 PIR Center’s held Extended Advisory Board meeting – international seminar, organized with support of the NATO Information Office in Moscow
“The latest events related to the destruction of civil airliner of Malaysian airlines in Ukraine even more seriously aggravate and deepen instability and had a direct impact on the global atmosphere of security. It is difficult to predict how events will unfold after the situation around shot down airliner. Most likely the blame for the incident would lay on the separatists in the eastern Ukraine. As Moscow supports them, for Russia - this situation will be accompanied by high emotional background”, - Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations, journalist Konstantin von Eggert.
“We have developed the basis of cooperative information policy. The point is that states should take responsibility for strengthening friendly ties by eliminating offensive and humiliating evaluations of their partners in publications. We are not talking about concealing objective problems, but about discussing these problems correctly,” - Nikolay Bordyuzha, Secretary General of the CSTO.
Security in Central Asia and Russia
"The key issue of security and development in Central Asia – the harmonization of interests. Given the continuing disagreement among states in the region, it is now more important than ever to establish ongoing dialogue on the basis of a joint assessment of threats. Only then can we really turn towards effective partnership in the field of security".
Gennady Evstafiev, Lieutenant-General (ret.), Member of PIR Center’s Advisory Board
On the one hand the immediate proximity to a region where instability is escalating reveals a number of challenges to international security, on the other hand the region also reveals high energy potential. For this reason Central Asia has become a region of interest and concern for Russia, U.S., EU, China,India, Iran and Pakistan. However, the situation is changing. It is increasingly clear that the goals that were set are unlikely to be achieved without the active involvement of Russian security projects. It is necessary to increase the effectiveness of regional cooperation mechanisms through organizations such as - SCO, CSTO, EurAsEC.
PIR Center’s project "Security in Central Asia and Russia" defines the main vectors of rivalry and cooperation in the region.
The objective of the project is to answer the question of the optimal strategy of behavior of Russia in Central Asia.
PIR Center Analysis
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