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22.06.2017

“The Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is content-heavy, but it is not a comprehensive ban on this type of WMD. This is truly where its fundamental difference lies from disarmament conventions that prohibit biological and chemical weapons. The rush of the preparation of the document can be seen just by recalling how much time and effort was required by the NPT, and even the conventions on the banning of biological and chemical weapons, and on how carefully, using the UN General Assembly as a platform for measuring global public opinion, the Treaty of Tlatelolco was being prepared”, — member of the PIR Center Advisory Board, Honored Lawyer of the Russian Federation Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov.

02.05.2017

“The 2017 Vienna Prepcom will be difficult, with attempts to muddle through it, at best; or ugly and swampy, at worst. For different reasons, parties to the Treaty come to Vienna today full or irritations or disappointments. The only good news about this session: there are absolutely no illusions,” – Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Disarmament Matters, Special Advisor to PIR Center.

13.02.2017

“The Russian-US meeting was devoted to an expert discussion of practical issues concerning the preparations for the forthcoming 2020 NPT Review Conference. It was an important and interesting discussion, not too inspiring but not discouraging either”. – Ambassador Yury Nazarkin, participant of the Russian-American working group.

15.07.2016

In the new issue of the Security Index: Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO on DPRK nuclear testing and the future of the CTBTO, PIR Center’s recommendations for strengthening the international nuclear non-proliferation regime with comments by Sergio Duarte, High Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), Vadim Kozyulin on autonomous combat systems, Andrey Shkarbanov and Konstantin Stalmakhov on civil liability for nuclear damage, Kamal Gasimov on conflicts and squabbles within Syrian opposition, round table discussion on high-tech crime co-sponsored by CCI and PIR Center, Olga Mikhailova on cyber security of NPPs and critical infrastructure, Alyona Makhukova on Humanitarian initiative and the NPT review process.

08.07.2016

"Rapidly growing anti-nuclear coalition, which includes countries officially supporting the Humanitarian pledge or the statements on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, deserves to be substantively studied both theoretically as a stark example of several informal associations of states within the framework of an international treaty, and practically, as an important international relations factor of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament", — Alyona Makhukova, PIR Center's Research Fellow.

24.05.2016

“The humanitarian rhetoric has led to polarization in the NPT review process. A group of states with more radical approach regarding the nuclear disarmament is ready to delegitimize the possession of nuclear weapons through additional legal instruments. They have separated from a  wider group of states, which support increased pace of disarmament but are not ready for such drastic actions” — Alena Makhukova, PIR Center's Research Fellow.



26.10.2015

“PIR Center actively works within the framework of the United Nations and has a consultative status with the ECOSOC. We are ready to continue supporting UN activities, participate in programs of the United Nations Association of Russia, implement academic, information and educational projects with our partners to strengthen peace and international security” – Albert Zulkharneev, PIR Center’s Director.

22.10.2015

“I find Dr. Orlov's recent NPT article “The Glass Menagerie” particularly thoughtful. Let us work harder so that your assessment that the nuclear nonproliferation regime has taken a major turn for the worse, can be reversed” – Kim Won-soo, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Acting High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

23.09.2015

“Within the framework of the NPT review process Russian diplomacy and expert community have the opportunity to share common language with our allies. We have a few of those apart from our army and navy: we have allies in the CSTO and partners in the CIS. We just have to engage with those people on a more frequent basis, generally speaking, they are open for cooperation” – Vladimir Orlov, Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Special Advisor to the PIR Center.

12.08.2015

“The main issues being debated at the RevCons remain unchanged – but the sides appear increasingly unwilling to compromise or to search for a consensus. The state parties that are unhappy with the state of the NPT review process are looking for short and straight paths to their goals, especially in the area of disarmament. There is a growing temptation to move the discussion on the most contentious issues to the UN General Assembly or to some ad hoc body, where decisions would be taken by a majority rather than unanimously. That would enable the majority of the states to ram through their own agenda, ignoring the position of the dissenting states” - "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy.

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