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The latest issue of the Global edition of Security Index journal summarizes key events in the field of global security over the second half of 2014 and even looks further ahead to 2015. It focuses on the ups and downs of the nuclear nonproliferation pays attention to a coming milestone event – the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).


“We should think over how we can further support Russian non-governmental organizations specialized in international relations and contribute to their cooperation with foreign non-governmental institutions” – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.


kalinina“In order to secure its geopolitical interests in the Greater Middle East and North Africa, Russia must, at the very least, keep Syria and Algeria in its sphere of influence; win a greater share of the Iraqi market; try to maintain, inasmuch as possible, its close ties with Iran; and strengthen its presence in Afghanistan after 2014. There are also opportunities for greater cooperation with Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen. These involve the use of subsidized loans, offset contracts, and other financing options”, — Natalia Kalinina, the Head of the Unconventional Threats Group at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations at the Russian Academy of Sciences.


The new issue of the Security Index journal is dedicated to the Middle East problems in general and to the ongoing Syrian conflict in particular, which has recently become one of the top issues on the international agenda. The other important topics, discussed in the journal, are nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear safety and security, and conventional arms control. In addition, the authors address the subject of cybersecurity, political processes in the Post-Soviet space, and the role of international peacemaking and peacekeeping in today’s world.


“Nuclear security modeling is a new and interesting framework, which gives an opportunity for practical usage of knowledge, received during the Summer School”, - third secretary of the  Minister Secretariat Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Volodymir Yatsiv.


baklitsky.jpg''In April of 2008, the government of the United Arab Emirates announced its intention to collect bids to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. Abu Dhabi’s dynamic activity, which concluded with a contract awarded to the South Korean company KEPCO, showed that nuclear energy development in the Middle East will cease to be associated just with the risks and threats of nuclear weapons proliferation and is already becoming another high-yield industrial sector,” – PIR Center research fellow Andrey Baklitsky.


"The course is defined by its high-level orientation to applied questions on disarmament, nonproliferation, and security. The course content is filled to the maximum with the most current information. I would also mention the all-around presentation of materials – a combination of visual aids and lectures. The discussions also had great meaning. The students and experts came across as true professionals in their fields,” – Ivan Zolotukhin, Director of the principle educational program “International Relations


“Mankind will never stop searching for new means of warfare. For example, today we intensified the process of the reduction of nuclear weapons - but not for the fact that this process will be brought to its logical end. And the more intense the elimination of nuclear weapons is, the more we should think about what will come to replace them,” - Member of PIR Center Executive Board, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Chief Research Officer at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Natalia Kalinina.


“The International Arms Trade Treaty is a bold and progressive initiative. A lot of complex issues will have to be agreed over the next 18 months. Meanwhile, Russia's position on this matter is clearly evolving. Russian experts have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the proposed treaty” – Director of the PIR Center Conventional Arms and ATT Project Vadim Kozyulin.