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“North Korea’s actions appear senseless, the country established itself as a nuclear power long ago, and this conduct doesn’t do any good as a signal of the country’s defense capabilities. If North Korea planned this in order to compel the US to engage in dialogue and to “up the ante” in these conversations, as they did in 2009, then they gravely miscalculated.” – Georgy Toloraya, Director of Korean Programs at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences


"A 2002 UN study put it well: the goal must be to learn how to think rather than what to think... Innovative teaching methods are one way forward, and here I credit the approach used at Dr. William Potter's Center, which relies heavily on simulations and role-playing." - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon


“French military intervention in the Malian conflict demonstrated algorithm of possible external interference in Syrian conflict: the most desperate of NATO members (France or Turkey) begins the invasion, other members of the alliance provide political, moral, or, in extreme cases, logistical support. No collective NATO action should be expected”, - PIR Center Senior Vice President, Lieutenant General (Retired), Evgeny Buzhinsky (Russia).  



“Nunn-Lugar is the foundation for the vision that I laid out, once I was elected President, in travel to Prague. Russia has said that our current agreement hasn’t kept pace with the changing relationship between our countries. To which we say, let’s update it.  Let’s work with Russia as an equal partner.  Let’s continue the work that’s so important to the security of both our countries. And I’m optimistic that we can.” – Barack Obama, President of the United States.


“We are thinking about how the potential of modern open source information technologies including online geolocation services and social networks could be applied to enhance international cooperation, strengthen confidence-building measures and improve quality of monitoring in the field of arms control,” – U.S. Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller.


“The announcement recently published on the MFA website does not say that the Helsinki conference on the Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone has been postponed. In the text, we can only see that there are voices in favor of such postponement. In reality, this decision can be made only with the consent of the states within the region. The co-organizers of the conference: Russia, the U.S.A. and the UK, as well as the UN Secretary General are parties that were only requested to prepare the Helsinki conference in 2012. Therefore, without consensus of the regional states we do not have authority to make this decision”- Director of Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation


“The signs are ominous at the moment, there are rumblings that he 2012 Conference on a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East will not take place. And I think this is going to be a major set-back. Which is why I think my talking to you today is particularly timely, because I think there is an opportunity for Russia to use its considerable international influence in order to prevent the breakdown because if we do not have this meeting this December I fear that we are storing up trouble for ourselves and for the NPT for 2015”, – Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.


“More due to the fact that the five nuclear-weapon states is clearly reluctant to use nuclear wepons and some of the others (declared or not) are dependent upon one of the P5, the U.S.A. or China in a variety of ways. Some time the dependence is related to nuclear release, some time it is due to a much broader array of matters that create dependency. Accidental use has also become less likely since the high-flying concerns of loose nukes in the 1990s”, - Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Pál Dunay.


“With President Obama we have passed the stage known as the U.S.-Russia “Reset”, and we did it quite well. Yes, these aren’t taintless, easy bilateral relations, but there is no perceived crisis as well. We have good dialogue on certain issues, and tough dialogue on other ones. In general the dynamics of these relations is pretty high. I think that if Romney is elected, Russia would manage to build such kind of relations that enables proper dialogue. Suffice to say that for Soviet Union and Russia it was usually easier to speak to Republicans rather than to Democrats. There’s such a historic trend.” – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.


 «The intriguing plot around the future host of the White House for the next several years is unveiling right now – and the outcome is not clear yet neither for myself, nor for our reviewers Dmitry Evstafiev и Yury Fedorov, who have devoted a number of pages to the results of the Washington pre-election fight, nor for our polemists Christopher Ford and Thomas Graham who observe the developments of the campaign from the inside and express support their candidates — Ford to Romney, Graham to Obama», — writes Vladimir Orlov, the editor-in-chief of Security Index journal in his editorial.