A world without nuclear weapons is a long-term goal, which we need to start working towards right now. It is possible that at some point in the future...

The immense majority of countries and peoples stand for a nuclear-weapons-free world. The Russian Federation shares this noble goal.

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Since Barack Obama administration took office in 2009, it has put considerable effort into placing nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation at the center of the U.S. nuclear policy. In April 2009 in Prague American president delivered a speech where he called for complete elimination of nuclear weap...

Various ideas for establishing a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East were first voiced in the early 1960s. Nevertheless, negotiations on establishing a WMD-free zone in the region remain very far from conclusion. The establishment of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East was part of the 1995 N...

The fast moving controversial developments in the Middle East and North Africa seem to be sidelining the search for responses to some fundamental security challenges in the region. This refers, among many other issues, to the discussion of steps for the preparation and successful conduct of this yea...

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  • Affiliation : Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
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  • Affiliation : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
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High-level workshop on “Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament: Challenges and Priorities for Future International Cooperation” 01.10.2009

On October 1-3, 2009 the international high-level workshop on “Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament: Challenges and Priorities for Future International Co-operation”, co-sponsored by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland (FDFA), the PIR Center (Moscow), James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and Carnegie Corporation of New York, took place in a mountain village of Gstaad, Switzerland. The workshop became the 4th event within the framework of the Gstaad Process initiated in 2006 in accordance with the concept proposed by Dr. Vladimir Orlov and supported by the Swiss FDFA.

Being an informal forum, the Gstaad Process encourages the leading experts in the field of international security, nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament to share their opinions. The participants discussed the major challenges to nonproliferation and disarmament, prospects of signing and ratification of the START replacement Treaty, prospects for entry into force of the CTBT, status and future of the Fissile Materials Cut-off Treaty talks; upcoming 2010 NPT Review Conference and ways to make it a success, as well as the regional aspects of nonproliferation and disarmament – Iran, North Korea and Pakistan.

Speaking about Russian-American dialogue, Head of the Russian delegation at the negations on the strategic offensive weapons Anatoly Antonov noted that “While the Russian-American agreements in the strategic sphere are important, it would be wrong to confine the nuclear disarmament problem only to these relations. We hope that at the 2010 NPT Review Conference we will have an open discussion on what additional contribution other nuclear-weapons states can bring to this process. It is important, that already in the immediate prospects they could step-by-step join the efforts of Russia and the United States.”

More than 30 representatives including statesmen and internationally renowned experts from Europe, Russia, the United States took part in the seminar including President of the Ploughshares Fund Joseph Cirincione, Assistant Director at-large of the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the US President Steven Fetter; Director of the Fondation Recherche Stratégique (Paris) Camille Grand; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Verification and Compliance of the US Department of State Karin Look, Executive Director of the Peace Research Institute (Frankfurt) Dr. Harald Müller, Head of Political Affairs Secretariat of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud, Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies William Potter, Head of the Verification and Security Policy Coordination at the IAEA Tariq Rauf and other.

Russian experts included Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament of the Russian MFA, PIR Center Advisory Board member Anatoly Antonov, Lieutenant-General (ret.), Senior Vice President of PIR Center, former Head of the Department on the Disarmament Problems and WMD Nonproliferation of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) (1991-2000) Gennady Evstafiev, Research Associate of PIR Center Elena Geleskul, PIR Center President Dr. Vladimir Orlov, Head of Strategic Studies Department of the International Security Center of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), PIR Center Advisory Board member Dr. Alexander Savelyev, Chairman of the Commission on Security Policy and Evaluation of Defense Legislation of the Public Board at the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense, PIR Center Advisory Board member Dr. Vitaly Shlykov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation Mission to the United Nations in Geneva Victor Vasiliev, Deputy Head of the Department of International Cooperation, State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, PIR Center Advisory Board member Aleksey Ubeev.