International Security Index iSi

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17.10.2017

Meeting with United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu "From words to deeds. Disarmament and international security in the UN agenda".

 

17.10.2017

IAEA Director General (1981 -1997), Executive Chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC, 2000 – 2003) Dr. Hans Blix gives a lecture on contemporary issues in WMD nonproliferation

09.10.2017

«Being an intern for the PIR Center meant personal, and cultural, growth. The PIR Center is a multicultural environment, where the foreigner is always welcome. The working environment was always positive and motivating and I felt part of the team every single day of my internship», – Jasmine Ceremigna, PIR Center’s intern in March-May 2017. 

International Security Index iSi


THE DOW JONES OF INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

What is iSi? - The International Security Index (iSi) is a comprehensive index of the level of international security developed by the PIR Center through a project that has been ongoing for over a year. The project is currently undergoing an international assessment. The iSi index is meant to demonstrate the extent to which the international security situation differs from the “ideal”  (assumed as 4210 points according to our methodology) at each point in time. It also indicates how various specific military and nonmilitary factors are effecting international security.

How is iSi calculated? - The most important characteristics of iSi are its comprehensiveness, robustness, and clarity. A great number of the factors that directly effect international security are reflected in iSi in a concentrated form. They include: the threat of global nuclear war, the number and intensity of local conflicts, the type of political relations between various countries and international organizations, the intensity and scale of terrorist activity, the stability of the global economy, and the threat posed by man-made catastrophes and epidemics. The aim of iSi is to provide quantitative indicators that reflect the dynamics of trends in international security. The iSi index is meant to demonstrate the extent to which the international security situation differs from the “ideal” at each point in time. It also indicates how various specific military and nonmilitary factors are affecting international security.  More details on iSi methodology is availabla here.

What is International expert group (INTEG) for? - The PIR Center's monthly calculation of iSi is accompanied by interviews with our International Expert Group, which includes representatives from Russia, Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Hungary, India, Saudi Arabia, Sweden the United States and Uzbekistan. The evaluations of these experts in no way influence the calculation of the Index. Nevertheless, they make it possible for us to see how our calculations are viewed in a given month and, in particular, the dynamics of iSi over the course of several months at a time, in various regions of the world.

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