Events

25.04.2013

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

19.04.2013

On APRIL 19, 2013 in the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva (15 Avenue de la Paix, Geneva) passed P5 CONFERENCE PUBLIC EVENT called "On the way to the 2015 NPTrevie...

04.10.2012

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.

23.06.2011

On June 23, 2011 The PIR Center held an international seminar called "Nuclear Energy and the Cultural Development of Nonproliferation: Covering New Regions" at the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC)  The seminar was attended by repres...

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Experts

  • Position : "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Director, PIR Center; Editor-in-Chief, Security Index Journal
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
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14.11.2014

“Kobani has had serious, negative consequences. It has exposed that Turkey's Syria policy has a clear, anti-Kurdish thrust (as Turkey has refused to aid or allow aid to the Kurds, and made clear that it is against the survival of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria), which led to violent unrest among Kurds in Turkey, and it has undermined the prospects of achieving a solution to the Kurdish issue in the country”, – Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Halil Karaveli.

13.11.2014

“Successful negotiation of the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program could cause deep changes in the Middle East. Iran can return to the role it played in the 1960s and 1970s, before the fall of the Shah’s regime. Less rapid and profound will be the shifts in the global energy market. In the current decade, Iran will not turn into an energy superpower. However, if the Iranian elite finally manages to remove obstacles to massive foreign investment, the export of Iranian oil and gas by the end of the decade can, by more or less realistic estimates, grow to 3 million barrels per day and 50-60 billion cubic meters per year, respectively,” – Yuri Fedorov, Member of the Security Index Editorial Board.

07.11.2014

“Thus far, the Middle East has answered new challenges with old methods. US airstrikes allowed to halt the triumphant offensive of the “Islamic State” in Iraq and strengthened the positions of government troops and the Kurdish militia. However, it is obvious that one air offensive will not win the battle. The Gulf States start understanding this as well. On the sidelines of the conference in Riyadh as well as during the presentations the voices of those who believe that, despite all of the differences, it is necessary to agree on joint action with Turkey, Iran and Russia were clearly heard,” – Andrey Baklitskiy, PIR Center’s " Nuclear Nonproliferation and Russia " Program Director.

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Russia and the Middle East: Promoting Strategic Interests

“Taking into account Russia's long-standing interest in securing a share of the Middle East nuclear energy market, as well as its many years of experience in building and safely operating nuclear power plants, Rosatom's participation in PIR Center's Middle East Project would help to form a positive image of modern Russian nuclear energy technologies".


Mikhail Lysenko, Director, International Cooperation Department, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation


Nuclear Energy in the Middle East


As a result of rapid economic growth in the Middle East countries in the region are increasingly facing the ME.jpgproblem of energy security. In the modern competitive world the availability of reliable and sustainable energy sources is becoming a decisive factor. At this moment, the only realistic alternative to petroleum is nuclear energy.


However, the political situation in the region means that the governments which want to pursue nuclear energy projects are facing a particular set of challenges. The international community's concerns regarding Iran's nuclear program, and the risk of religious fanatics coming to power in some countries in the region are creating barriers to peaceful use of nuclear energy in the Middle East.

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PIR Center Analysis

Evgeny Satanovsky, Alexander Shumilin

Amid the civil war in Syria and the general potential for conflict in the Middle East in 2013, questions are being asked as to the effectiveness of international peacekeeping in this day and age. There is also the need to assess the role of the UN in conflict settlement in the region, the political ...

Due to the problem of weapons of mass destruction proliferation, the region of the Middle East and Northern Africa is still a key source of global threats. Regarding high level of insecurity and frequency of regional conflicts we may state that the risks related to WMD proliferation as well as to us...

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...

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Materials

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...

Well, I wouldn’t have to say much more for representatives of the embassies, because the very fact that the special representative of the President has to cut his presentation shorter on one hour and to come to urgent close meeting dedicated to the situation in Egypt – well, it allows you to send qu...

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Documents

The Secretary-General expresses his profound shock and regret at the conclusion that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale, resulting innumerous casualties, particularly among civilians and including many children. The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms the u...

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