“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.


“Russia’s withdrawal from the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) will signal the end of the first phase of an amazing experiment. This international effort has helped avoid a massive brain drain of nuclear scientists, chemists, aerospace engineers, and biotechnology pioneers while increasing the difficulty of illicit access by desperate individuals and foreign agents to bomb-making expertise and materials that abound in the world’s largest country. Let us hope that a second, equally promising experiment with similar goals will soon begin,” - Glenn Schweitzer, the first Executive Director of the ISTC, 1992 – 1994.

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Name: Kirichenko, Elina V.
City: Moscow, Russia
Affiliation: Senior Researcher, North America Research Center, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Doctor of Economics. Member of the IMEMO Academic Council and the editorial board of the journal Mirovaya Economika i Mezhdunarodniye Otnosheniya. Research interests: globalization, nonproliferation of WMD, export control policy. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.