On December 12, 2013 PIR Center’s held Extended Advisory Board meeting – international seminar, organized with support of the NATO Information Office in Moscow

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“International cooperation on the WMD nonproliferation is making first tentative steps in the Middle East. The theory of cooperation is being tested in practice by the project to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles. The beginning of Syria's chemical disarmament has revitalized the idea of a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East, which appeared to be dead in the water”, – PIR Center expert Artem Blashchanitsa.


“Memorandum of Understanding between Iran and Argentina on joint investigation of the terrorist attack against the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA in 1994), which took the life of 85 people, became one of the most varying events in Latin America and showed the strength of Iranian penetration in the region. It was signed in January, and ratified in February by the Argentine Congress with the sole endorsement of the Kirchner’s party representatives. Previously several prominent Iranian leaders from the Hashemi Rafsanjani government were accused to have been sponsors and facilitators of this attack carried out by Hezbollah”, –  Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.


“Even though Syria remains in a state of civil war, and even though Egypt represents a very worrisome development, as I pointed out above, there is nonetheless reason to be somewhat optimistic and expect that the security situation in the Middle East will be at least "manageable"; that is because the United States and Russia are cooperating (on Syria) and because the United States and Iran have both demonstrated a willingness to turn a new page in their relationship. So, looking ahead for at least for a few months, I think there is going to be a "window of opportunity" to take steps that can lay the foundations of an improved security climate in the Middle East. But there is no guarantee that this opportunity is not going to be wasted”, - Halil Karaveli, Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center.

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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.

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Special project on Central Asian Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone

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