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The study analyses lessons learned from the application of various international mechanisms to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and strengthen nuclear security. The study also outlines several proposals for improving the effectiveness of these mechanisms.

Dauren Aben, Artem Blashchanitsa, Alexander Cheban, Evgeny Buzhinsky, Dmitry Kovchegin, Vladimir Orlov

The study analyses lessons learned from the application of various international mechanisms to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and strengthen nuclear security. The study also outlines several proposals for improving the effectiveness of these mechanisms.

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07.02.2014

“International cooperation on the WMD nonproliferation is making first tentative steps in the Middle East. The theory of cooperation is being tested in practice by the project to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles. The beginning of Syria's chemical disarmament has revitalized the idea of a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East, which appeared to be dead in the water”, – PIR Center expert Artem Blashchanitsa.

01.04.2013

“The Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Concerning the Safe and Reliable Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and the Prevention of Weapons Proliferation dated June 17, 1992 expires in June 2013. We must work out a new agreement and lay the tracks for the development of Russian-US cooperation in nuclear security and nonproliferation. At the moment, these tracks have not yet been laid, but the ties are already being put in place,” – Vladimir Kuchinov, Advisor to the Director General of Rosatom

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Name: Aben Dauren
City: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Affiliation: Senior Research Associate, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
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Dauren Aben holds a Master’s in International Relations from Kainar University, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and a Master’s in International Policy Studies and certificates in nonproliferation studies, conflict resolution, and commercial diplomacy from the California-based Monterey Institute of International Studies. He previously worked as the executive director of the Almaty office of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), whose monthly newsletter International Export Control Observer he co-edited. He remains affiliated with CNS as the regional representative of its Eurasia Nonproliferation Program. He also serves as the regional representative of the Security Index journal published by the Russian Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center) and is a member of the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s international panel of experts for the Nuclear Materials Security Index. Before joining CNS, Dauren worked as a consultant for the World Bank health and sanitation pilot project in the Aral Sea Region and as a Project Manager for the Giller Institute (JSC Karavan), the Research Group Central Asian Project, and the Kazakhstan Investment Promotion Center KAZINVEST. In addition to nonproliferation and export controls, his research interests cover various aspects of regional security in Central Asia. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Cooperation in Mass Destruction Weapon Nonproliferation and Physical Nuclear Safety since 2012.

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The need for continued international (especially Russian-U.S.) cooperation on WMD nonproliferation and nuclear security in Central Asia is obvious, based on a whole number of factors. The main problem that has yet to be resolved is the Soviet heritage related to WMD development programs. There are a...

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