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On October 4, 2014, PIR Center will announce honorary awards for strengthening the WMD nonproliferation regime. We invite our colleagues from across the world to propose candidates for the nominations until September 20.


«It must be recognized that the two nuclear-weapon states with the largest nuclear arsenals have in fact dramatically reduced the numbers of deployed nuclear weapons. There is much to commend here. On the other hand, the Russian Federation and the USA have yet to agree in a formal treaty on measures to verifiably dismantle and dispose of nuclear warheads, to reduce and eliminate non-deployed warheads, and to bring down numbers of warheads still further on the way to zero», – Director of the Arms Control and Nonproliferation Program at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Tariq Rauf.


“Article VI of the NPT outlines a commitment to engage in nuclear disarmament talks by ‘each of the Parties to the Treaty.’ That clause is becoming especially relevant now that Russia and the United States have already destroyed the bulk of their nuclear arsenals. The time has come for a transition to a multilateral format of nuclear disarmament talks, which should involve every official – and at some later point – unofficial nuclear-weapon state.” - PIR Center’s White Paper “NPT Article VI and Implementation of the 2010 Review Conference Decisions”.


“Russia and the United States should be strategic partners and cooperate on many issues: preventing terrorism, collaborating in cybersecurity, and in working on the settlement of the WMD and nuclear security problems in the third countries. Russia and the United States should jointly counter common challenges which will only strengthen in the future”, - PIR Center Executive Board member Evgeny Maslin.


“If a new element emerges in strategic plans of the United States, for example implying replacement of nuclear capabilities with conventional missiles that can fulfill the same tasks as the nuclear weapons –it would be rather difficult for us to think about further reductions. Taking into account such compensation in conventional arms, the negotiations for the next treaty on nuclear disarmament would hardly be the right step to make,” – PIR Center Advisory Board Member, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Anatoly Antonov


"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


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"Today's dilemma in US-Russian relations is not the choice between whether they are good or bad, but between whether they produce positive changes or nothing at all, whether we use this experience to reopen a constructive dialogue in the strategic sphere, expand it into new areas, and develop an agenda of bilateral relations or miss this opportunity " - PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.


"Russia must become a leader in nuclear disarmament and fulfill its obligations to implement 13 disarmament steps agreed in 2000 and the Action Plan worked out at 2010 NPT Review Conference. In addition, Russia may initiate an open and transparent debate on nuclear weapons, including the question of appropriateness of the existence of nuclear deterrence in XXI century", - Director of the Department for Disarmament and Nonproliferation of Austrian Foreign Ministry Alexander Kmentt.