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11.03.2019

"After the leaders of the United States and the DPRK failed to reach a compromise on further steps for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in Hanoi, the parties sent each other signals that in case of a complete failure of the negotiation process, they will be ready to continue on the previous course. At the same time, Pyongyang did not immediately start preparations for a full-scale missile test, and Washington decided to limit the scope of its exercises with South Korea. This means that both capitals are set to continue negotiations and expect that the other side will become more сoncessive," Adlan MargoevDirector of the PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” program. 

08.02.2019

“Vienna document is a good example of a politically binding agreement having a verification mechanism. This system works, however, as long as it is a multilateral arrangement reached within the framework of OSCE. Bilateral political documents concerning arms control function quite ineffectively”, – PIR Center Board Chairman Evgeny Buzhinskiy. 

21.01.2019

“During your tenure, you took an active part in the discussions of the Board, formulating concrete recommendations on a number of important issues. I applaud your important contribution to the work of the Board,” — Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General.


Agenda of the US-Russian high-level working group on the Iranian nuclear issue meeting

In coopeartion with Centre russe d'etudes politiques

Gstaad, Switzerland

Jan. 27-29, 2014

 

Draft of Jan. 23, 2014

January 27, Monday

 

Arrival of the participants

Hotel Arc-en-ciel (Egglistrasse 24, Gstaad)

19.30

Apéritif and opening dinner  


January 28, Tuesday

 

10.00 – 10.30

Opening Remarks

* Vladimir Orlov, President, PIR Center
* Roger Kangas, Academic Dean and a Professor of Central Asian Studies, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies

10:30-12:30

First session: Implementation of Geneva agreement, role of Russia and the United States

ModeratorElena Chernenko, Foreign Policy Observer, Kommersant Daily

* Vladimir Voronkov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna
* Amb Thomas Pickering, Vice Chairman of Hills & Company, Former US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Former US Ambassador to theRussian Federation

What are the perspectives for Russian-US cooperation in solving the Iranian nuclear issue and strengthening the regional security in the short term ­– in the first half of 2014 when the comprehensive agreement with Iran is being negotiated?

What are the perspectives for a longer term: for 2014 and further for three to seven years from now, thinking not only about the current administrations in Russia and the United States but also about their successors?  What are the main drivers for cooperation and what are the main obstacles?

How should be solved the issue of US unilateral economic sanctions against Iran?

How should Russia and the USA act towards the FATF lists concerning Iran?

Which of the UN SC sanctions should be lifted in the first place and which should be preserved till the end and what should be the sequence to restore the mutual confidence?


12.30 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.30

Second session:  Assessment of Iranian nuclear program and its future  

Moderator: Gawdat Bahgat, Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies

* Andrey Baklitskiy, Information Program Director, PIR Center
* Colin Kahl, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at Center for New American Security and an Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service


How can the transparency of Iranian nuclear program be guaranteed (including the ratification of the Additional Protocol to the IAEA safeguards agreement, ratification of the CTBT, adaptation of the modified code 3.1 to the IAEA safeguards agreement but not limited to these)?  

How should we address the future of Iranian nuclear fuel cycle (including the enrichment facilities and the level of uranium enrichment)?

How should we address the perspectives of Iranian peaceful nuclear research (including the construction of the Arak research reactor)?

What would be the optimal role that IAEA should play in the Iranian dossier in the nearest future?

Should Iran be invited to the Nuclear Security Summits?


15.30 – 16.00

Coffee break

  16.00 – 17.30

Third session: Iran in the regional dimension

Moderator: Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs journal, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy

* Vitaly Naumkin, Director, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
* Jim Walsh, Head of Security Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


What is the role of the third parities (European countries, countries from the MENA region and Asia Pacific) in the dynamics of the US-Russian dialogue on Iran?

How should we evaluate the current and future role of Iran in the regional security in the Middle East (confidence building measures between Iran and its Gulf neighbors, multilateral cooperation with Iran for mediation in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan)? Should we encourage this role or on the contrary such tendency could be dangerous? And should we make a linkage between the closure of Iranian nuclear dossier with the architecture of the regional security?

How should be approached the issues of Russian-Iranian cooperation in the strategic spheres: nuclear energy sector, hydrocarbons, critical infrastructure and military-technical cooperation?    


18.30 – 22.30

Transfer to a restaurant in a horse-drawn sleigh

Informal dinner

  

January 29, Wednesday

 

10.00 – 12.30

Forth session: Russia and the United States – Searching for Long Term Sustainable Solutions of the Iranian Nuclear Issue

Moderator: Roger Kangas, Academic Dean and a Professor of Central Asian Studies, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies

* Vladimir Orlov, President, PIR Center
* Amb Chas Freeman, President Emeritus, Middle East Policy Council; former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia


What place should the missile program occupy in the dialogue with Iran?

What would be the best way for a joint realistic estimation of the Iranian missile threat for our countries and allies?

Are there any practical perspectives for joint Russian-US projects on development of nuclear energy sector of Iran once the sanctions are lifted and the trust is restored?

What role can Iran play in the process of establishing the Weapon of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East, after the conference on the issue will be convened in 2014?

What are the main conditions for a sustainable US-Iranian dialogue?

What Russia should and can do to make Geneva agreements on Iran (November 2013) sustainable and irreversible?

What United States should and can do to make Geneva agreements on Iran (November 2013) sustainable and irreversible? What are at the moment and for the nearest future the roles of Administration and the Congress?

What should be the wording of the theses on Iran that Russian and US Presidents could discuss during their meetings in 2014: at the bilateral summit, and at the G8 summit under the Russian Presidency in June of 2014? What place should this question occupy on the agendas of the summits?


12.30 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 

Departure 

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