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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 the calendar, August 26 is the final day of the 10th NPT Review Conference. What knots of contradiction did the final week bring us? Will there still be a final document? What will today bring us? Read about it in the text of the founder and director of the PIR Center Vladimir Orlov.


PIR Center continues a new section "PIR Test". This project in the form of a game carries equally educational, research and analytical meaning. Users are given the opportunity to take the test - to answer one of the designated questions. Our today's PIR Test is about the question "Can the nuclear weapon States theoretically join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) today?"


On August 15, the IV meeting of the Track 2.5 working group on the topic "Russian-US Dialogue on the NPT Review Process and the Role of Youth" was held in New York in the format of an expert seminar. The event took place at the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The seminar was co-organized by PIR Center and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, USA (CNS).


On August 21 is Memorial Day for Ambassador Roland Timerbaev, one of the world's foremost experts in nuclear non-proliferation, a national diplomat who made a tremendous contribution to the international treaty framework of the nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and strategic stability regime. Over decades of his professional life Roland Mikhailovich took an active part in drafting such international agreements as the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty - the cornerstone of the whole nuclear nonproliferation regime, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Agreement on Measures to Reduce the Nuclear War Threat between the USSR and the US, the IAEA safeguards system, the Treaty on Limitation of Underground Nuclear Testing, the Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty, and so on.


The history of the idea of creating a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central and Eastern Europe (NWFZ in CEE) dates back to the beginning of the Cold War. Nevertheless, over all these years, the project of formal denuclearization of the region has not been implemented due to unfavorable external circumstances. The goal of this research paper is to analyze the current threats to the nuclear nonproliferation regime in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as to outline the prospects for the long–awaited implementation of the NWFZ in CEE, which can become one of the pillars of the new European security architecture.


PIR Center continues a new section "PIR Test". This project in the form of a game carries equally educational, research and analytical meaning. Users are given the opportunity to take the test - to answer one of the designated questions. Our today's PIR Test is dedicated to the international document that is considered to be the very first to become the forerunner of the modern arms control system.


Elena Karnaukhova has been appointed of PIR Center Deputy Director – Education and Training Program Director. In her new position, Elena will be responsible for the strategic development of the organization and will continue to supervise the educational projects of PIR Center, as well as the Advisory Board and the Executive Board of PIR Center and the Trialogue Club International as its executive secretary.


PIR Center is taking part in the 10th NPT Review Conference on August 1-26, 2022, where for almost a month at the UN headquarters in New York, delegations from 191 signatory countries of the NPT will discuss the implementation of this important agreement in the field of international security.


This research paper attempts to place nuclear disarmament and arms control in the context of the sustainable development agenda. In particular, the paper examines the possibility of applying the experience and specific mechanisms of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to create new incentives for nuclear arms control and disarmament. Considering the devastating environmental consequences of nuclear weapons use, the nuclear-weapon states should take responsibility for possessing nuclear weapons just as they took responsibility for carbon emissions.