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28.01.2021

“Biden will pose new challenges to the Russian Federation, but not something completely different from his predecessor. He will be constrained by many domestic factors, by the balance of powers inside the United States. And most importantly, Biden is likely to be a weak president, not a strong president. As we know from history, you need to be a very strong president if you really want to fix relations with Moscow”, – Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).

27.11.2020

International security is not a center of the world, but a reflection of profound processes that nowadays are characterized by a growing randomness and shrinking planning horizon. Confidence, privacy and confidentiality of diplomacy are deteriorating. Ensuring security requires not only technical, but also political decisions. Under such circumstances the aim of the Russian foreign policy is to find a balance between development and security amidst an incoming new wave of globalization. To secure its status of a great power, Russia needs to preserve its relevance among other players and play a role of additional element to the situation of unsteady equilibrium.

20.01.2017

«The outcome of the contradiction or dualism in the incoming Trump administration between, on the one hand, the realists who want a better relationship with Russia and a prioritization of the struggle against terrorism, and on the other, the rightwing hawks who want to push back against Iran and China», – Dayan Jayatilleka (Sri Lanka), member of PIR Center International Expert Group, expert and diplomat.  

18.01.2016

“In 2016, public opinion will have to strike a balance between democracy and security. As the demands placed on great powers to counter threats continue to grow, overall cohesion is weakened and the current situation worsens. If terrorist groups decide to use weapons of mass destruction, the negative repercussions will be felt across the globe. The threat increases as great powers engage in heavy military build-up” – Sergio Duarte, member of the International Expert Group of PIR Center.

28.07.2015

“I’m glad to pass the baton to a new team today, the team who made this issue and is already preparing the next one.  A part of this team grew up within the PIR Center’s walls, and another is entirely new. At the head of this team stands Olga Mostinskaya – the new Editor-in-Chief of Security Index, whom I present with pleasure to our readers today, and to whom I wish creative motivation and insightful dialogue with our wonderful authors and demanding (which is great!) readers.” – Member of the Security Index Editorial Board Vladimir Orlov.

23.01.2015

“The ability of international community to solve regional conflicts similar to the conflict in Ukraine will become a global security issue in 2015. The world learned to solve global issues: to maintain nuclear security, to combat climate change, but it still cannot settle regional conflicts. The crisis in Ukraine demonstrated that the global security system had for all this time existed within the Cold War paradigm,” – Nikolai Zlobin, President of the Center on Global Interests.

19.11.2014

“After the G-20 summit in Brisbane, a moment of clear decision-making comes for Moscow on what outcome it expects for the crisis in the south-east of Ukraine. G-20 summit was one of the last points, where the Kremlin could decide to soften its position on Ukraine and improve relations with the West. However, the country has not taken advantage of this opportunity”, – Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations, journalist Konstantin von Eggert.

30.09.2014

“The strategy announced by the USA on fighting with the Islamists is piecemeal and will not lead to the destruction of the Islamic state. The basis of the strategy is that Americans rely on one terrorist group to fight a similar one and are also training the third terrorist group . The main, open-ended question is whether the United States will strike at Bashar al-Assad’s troops in Syria”, – President of the Institute of Middle East Studies, Evgeny Satanovsky.    

16.09.2014

“In the West, a ceasefire agreement for the east of Ukraine was taken skeptically. The issue of a new round of sanctions against Russia was not removed from the agenda. The comments from Washington and Brussels come down to doubts on whether the agreement would work or not. However, there are no other circumspect ways to resolve the crisis yet. The coming days will show if the Minsk agreement passes the test of time”, - Director General of the Russian Council for Foreign Affairs Andrey Kortunov.

15.07.2014

“Another important trend that should be taken into account when talking about Eurasian integration is the inevitability of power transition and the rise of a new generation of leaders in countries that participate in the integration processes in the post-Soviet space. It is difficult to predict how smoothly and painlessly this period of transition will pass. This is a serious issue to overcome”, – Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, Andrey Kortunov.

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