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“Considering the multifaceted nature of today's non-traditional threats, security goes beyond the capabilities of States. To combat these challenges, it is necessary to use not only intergovernmental mechanisms, but also to involve non-state actors”, – Chairman of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, Head of Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) Mely Caballero-Anthony.


The latest issue of the Security Index journal is partly devoted to the development of the global nuclear energy sector and nuclear infrastructure. Against the backdrop of the oil-and-gas needle and amid the continued devaluation of the Russian currency, the Russian nuclear energy sector seems to offer what may well be the only tangible, comprehensive, and carefully thought-out answer to economic upheavals. This particular branch of the Russian high-tech sector is not a prototype but a working engine.


“Nuclear power plays an important role in ensuring the energy security, environmental protection and industrialization of Vietnam. Nuclear power is planned to make a significant contribution to Vietnamese national electricity generation in the period leading up to 2030, and will continue to make an even greater contribution up to the year 2050. In November 2009, the National Assembly of Vietnam passed Resolution on the investment of the Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Project, which consists of Ninh Thuan 1 and Ninh Thuan 2 Nuclear Power Plants,” – Director General of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency, Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan.


“Russia needs to develop a comprehensive strategy of presence in Southeast Asia. Nuclear cooperation serves as one of the most optimal directions in which to focus on the economic benefits and on the solution of strategic problems and security issues.  This area of cooperation between Russia and countries of the region may contribute not only to solving the energy issue, but in the long term could become a lever for the development of constructive cooperation in other spheres,” – Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations in the School of Regional and International Studies of the Far East Federal University, Ivan Zolotukhin.


The new issue of the Security Index journal is dedicated to the Russian-Western relations that have become rathertense due to the Ukrainian crisis, - so tense that experts speak about the cold war 2.0. The other important topics, discussed in the journal, are situation in Afghanistan after the troops’ withdrawal, the settlement of the Iranian unclear program. In addition, the authors address the subject of nonstrategic nuclear weapons, joint policy in cybersecurity, increase in combat capabilities.


“Close and somewhat unique cooperation between Russia and Myanmar in the military and technical sphere and in education creates a favorable environment for a large-scale investment and trade cooperation ... The wait-and-see approach which the Russian business adopted towards the investment rush in Myanmar two years ago, to some extent, was reasonable and justified. However, the time has come to take a more proactive stance in order not to pay a very high entry cost a few years later,"­– PIR Center Intern Olga Skorokhodova.


“It is almost a truism for the publications on the South China Sea that Beijing is a typical rising power, and therefore, it is predisposed to undermine the existing balance of forces. Such a statement points out at who is to be blamed for the growing tensions. Given the fact that over the last few decades, China has been successfully developing in the framework of the existing status quo in East Asia (which includes the US "stabilizing presence" in the region), PRC is not  interested at all in rocking the boat” – Victor Sumsky, PIR Center Advisory Board member and the Director of the ASEAN Center at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).


"In the dialogue between Russia and ASEAN countries on terrorism and transnational organized crime, the role of ‘one-and-half-track’ cooperation where government experts would work hand in hand with non-governmental - in particular - research and academic institutions should be increased. The two issues that have to be given priority in this dialogue are: first, the ways to counter the threat of WMD-terrorism, and second, the cooperation in the field of cyber security" said the PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov at the annual ASEAN-Russia Joint Working Group meeting devoted to counter-terrorism and transnational crime, held in Bangkok from 17 to 20 September.


“Washington has important reasons to start establishing good relations with Myanmar. Two weeks ago at the APEC summit in Honolulu president Barack Obama announced a major shift of the American foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific region. White House is quite clear not only growing economy of Asia-Pacific bit also blistering rise of China are among the main reasons. In order to undermine Beijing's positions in the region, Washington plans to implement a number of steps, among which will be strengthening of contacts with the South-East Asian countries”, – PIR Center's President Vladimir Orlov in the article for the Kommersant newspaper.


“Myanmar has undoubtedly become an important and prospective partner for Russia. Because of the strength of its geographical situation as it borders both China and India and because of the strength of its size, natural resources and economic perspectives” – Deputy director of the Russian Research Center on APEC, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia to the Union of Myanmar (1997-2001) Gleb Ivashentsov.