“One. The United States supports the goal of creating a nuclear- and WMD-free-zone in the Middle East. It will be difficult but it is achievable. Two. The United States supports the convening of a conference in Helsinki to begin such a discussion and such a process. This is also difficult, much less difficult, and it could happen very rapidly, provided the states of the region are prepared to engage each other directly into terming an agenda,” - US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Countryman.
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.
On April 24, 2013 in WMO Building, Geneva, Switzerland, took place joint meeting of members of the Centre russe d’etudes politiques and the Trialogue Club International. Amb. Anatoly Antonov, Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation spoke o...
“If a new element emerges in strategic plans of the United States, for example implying replacement of nuclear capabilities with conventional missiles that can fulfill the same tasks as the nuclear weapons –it would be rather difficult for us to think about further reductions. Taking into account such compensation in conventional arms, the negotiations for the next treaty on nuclear disarmament would hardly be the right step to make,” – PIR Center Advisory Board Member, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Anatoly Antonov
“The main reason why the Arab states had agreed to the indefinite extension of the NPT was that they wanted security from nuclear weapons. Now you are telling them that this is impossible, and the official nuclear powers, the members of the Middle East Quartet, are washing their hands. The Arab countries may well respond by saying, ‘In that case we are going to provide our own security, and we don't need the NPT for that,’” - Jayantha Dhanapala, President of the Pugwash Movement of Scientists.
Centre russe d'études politiques
«I welcome the initiative of the PIR Center to open its European office in Switzerland. This will make a significant contribution to strengthening the strategic dialogue between Russia, Europe and the U.S. and also will provide a forum for exchanging the views between representatives of government, international experts, students, political scientists, and representatives of business and the media. »
Constantine Kosachev, The head of The Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation.
Centre russe d'études politiques, the European branch of PIR Center, was founded in Switzerland in August 2006. Its headquarters is located in the canton of Geneva.
The main objective of Centre is the establishing active dialogue on international security issues between Russia and European countries. Particular attention is paid to the development of Russian-Swiss dialogue on international security. The Centre russe d'études politiques is honored to have among its members: President of the Grand Conseil of Geneva canton Guy Mettan, Director of the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt Harald Mueller, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gerard Stoudmann, Ambassador of Italy to Switzerland Cosimo Risi, Senior Vice-President of bank Pictet & Cie Christopher Muraviev-Apostol as well as European policy makers, members of the leading European research centers. Among the corporate members of the Centre Russe d'etudes Politiques are Russian and Swiss organizations including oil trading company Lia Oil SA.
Centre russe d'études politiques membership includes:
* Subscription to Security Index (4 issues per year in Russian and English);
* Subscription to the PIR Center’s electronic publications
* Monographs and reports from the PIR Center Library Series (in Russian/English);
* Invitations to all Centre russe d'études politiques’ events.
Contact information Centre russe d'études politiques, 15, rue du Cendrier, Case Postale 1106, CH-1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland. Phone: + 41 (0) 79 736 9034; e-mail: email@example.com