For nearly a week, for the first time in nuclear history armed conflict has been underway in a country with operational nuclear power plants, thus creating the potential for catastrophic damage to these nuclear facilities with the real risk of radioactive contamination that could easily be transpor...

The first of July 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening for signature of the landmark Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). This treaty is the world’s most important multilaterally negotiated international treaty on global nuclear governance. Of its 193 States partie...

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The outcome of the 2015 Review Conference was not unexpected. It was clear since the 2014 NPT PrepCom that the Middle East and nuclear disarmament would be issues where the gaps were unbridgeable. Reasons for failure were plenty. Even if one accepts at face value the statements of the NAM and the Ar...

The latest deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue was set for July 1, 2015. On April 2, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland, the parties managed to draft Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. However, as the negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 con...

The non-governmental White Paper ‘‘Towards Nuclear Disarmament: NPT Article VI and Implementation of the 2010 Review Conference Decisions’’ prepared by the PIR Center was in the focus of a discussion organized in the margins of the 2014 NPT PrepCom in New York in May 2014. Today, it is reviewed for ...

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On Friday, August 26, the 10th NPT Review Conference has ended. Even though the final document could not be adopted due to the lack of consensus, however, the entire Conference was accompanied by active discussions and exchanges of views. On the sidelines of the conference in New York, the PIR Center delegation participating in the NPT RevCon 2022 managed to speak with many experts and representatives of official delegations. We will not be able to publish some of these conversations in the public domain, but we are happy to share with our readers some of the results of such conversations to capture the atmosphere from the margins of the 10th NPT Review Conference. And so, we launch the heading “Notes from the fields: 10th NPT Review Conference through the Eyes of Russian Public Diplomacy.”

On the first day of their stay at the Conference, representatives of the PIR Center delegation Elena Karnaukhova and Alexandra Zubenko talked to Tariq Rauf, former Head of the IAEA Department for Verification & Security Policy, former Alternate Head of NPT Delegation from IAEA, member of the Advisory Board of PIR Center.


On November 27, the second Timerbaev Debate took place online as part of the Dual Degree Master's Program in Nonproliferation Studies (Moscow State Institute of International Relations – Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey – PIR Center).


“The NPT is the foundation of our life. It is the most important contemporary international treaty. There is just no treaty more important than the NPT. We must fight for this treaty at all costs; we are doomed without it. We must talk more about the NPT so that everybody knows about it,” – Ambassador Roland Timerbaev, PIR Center Advisory Board Member, one of the negotiators of the NPT.

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Name: Rauf Tariq
City: Vienna, Austria
Affiliation: Member, International Advisory Board, International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastroph
Biography :

In 2012-2014 - Principal at Global Nuclear Solutions, Inc. Until 2012 - Head of verification and security policy coordination at the IAEA. Scientific Secretary, IAEA Director General's Expert Group on Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (2004/2005). Director of the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program, at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, from September 1995 until February 2002. Advisor and Non-Proliferation Expert with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada), and to the House Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Parliament of Canada), 1990-2002. Senior Associate at the former Canadian Center for Global Security (the Canadian Center for Arms Control and Disarmament) in Ottawa, 1986-1995. Expert Advisor to the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction, 1995. Consultant with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization since 2018. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2013.