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13.07.2020

“In June, the US National Security Council was due to consider a draft decision on the revision of some elements of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). In particular, Washington wants to remove heavy attack and reconnaissance drones from the MTCR control list, which will allow American companies to supply them to “unstable” countries as well. The military-industrial complex is lobbying removal of some restrictions from the USA the most actively, and although no final decision on this issue has been reported, the consequences of such a step can be significant: the entire regime of international export control may be jeopardized” - this is the leitmotiv of the 524th issue of Yaderny Kontrol.

10.07.2020

The article analyzes NATO nuclear sharing arrangements and examines the history of the concept of nuclear sharing, based on archival documents, and its practical implementation at the present stage. The authors pay special attention to the positions of the countries in whose territory American tactical nuclear weapons are stored, as well as to the speeches of countries against nuclear sharing at the PrepComs of the Review Conference. In conclusion, recommendations for Russia in working on this issue are voiced.

09.07.2020

“Training in the morning frees rest of the day - this is our general rule,” – Irina Mironova, senior specialist at Gazprom, senior lecturer of international programs at European University at St. Petersburg, and Dmitry Kovchegin, independent consultant.

Agenda

 

“U.S.-Russia Virtual Dialogue on the NPT Review Process:

Ideas from Next Generation”


Third Meeting of the Track 2.5 Working Group

Zoom video conference

May 15, 2020

Senior nonproliferation experts, including former officials from the United States and Russia, tend to compare the current crisis in this field to the Cold War era, often in favor of the latter. As we approach the upcoming NPT Review Conference, it is especially valuable to examine the history of U.S.-Russian engagement on NPT issues over the last 50 years through a scholarly lens. We ask the younger generation to share the lessons they learned from studying this experience.


8:30-8:45 AM PST/6:30 PM-6:45 PM MST

Opening Remarks by the Working Group Co-Chairs

Dr. Vladimir Orlov, Director, PIR Center; Professor, MGIMO University; Head, Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation

Prof. William Potter, Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

 

8:45-10:00 AM PST/6:45 PM-8:00 PM MST

Session I. U.S.-Soviet/Russia Cooperation and the NPT at 50: Taking Stock of Past and Present

1)    In what ways was U.S.-Soviet engagement central to the establishment of the NPT and the nonproliferation regime?

2)    Was U.S.-Russia nuclear dialogue more productive in Cold War times and, if so, why?

3)    Why are the U.S. and Russia failing to address current challenges to the NPT today despite having been able to do so in the past?

4)    What were the most significant drivers for cooperation in the past, and in what ways are they different today?


Moderator:     

Ms. Yulia Sych, Educational Program Director, PIR Center

 

Panelists:       

Ms. Grace Kier, Undergraduate Student, College of William and Mary

Mr. Nikita Degtyarev, Graduate Student, MIIS-MGIMO Dual Degree Program in WMD Nonproliferation

Mr. Sam Whitefield, Graduate Student, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Ms. Nadezhda Kulibaba, Graduate Student, Strategic and Arms Control Studies Program at Saint Petersburg State University (not present)

 

10:00-11:15 AM PST/8:00 PM-9:15 PM MST

Session II. Reviving U.S.-Russia Cooperation in the NPT Context: Looking Toward 2025

1)    What are the potential consequences of the demise of U.S.-Russia cooperation within the NPT?

2)    How can the United States and Russia most usefully collaborate in the leadup to the postponed 2020 NPT Review Conference?

3)    What lessons from past U.S.-Soviet cooperation on NPT issues can the U.S. and Russia apply during the next review cycle?

4)    What can the U.S. and Russia do to strengthen the NPT and enhance the prospects for a successful 2025 NPT RevCon?

5)    How can next generation experts contribute to this process?


Moderator:     

Ms. Sarah Bidgood, Director, Eurasia Nonproliferation Program, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

 

Panelists:

Mr. Jeremy Faust, Graduate Student, MIIS-MGIMO Dual Degree Program in WMD Nonproliferation

Mr. Sergey Semenov, Graduate Student, MIIS-MGIMO Dual Degree Program in WMD Nonproliferation

Ms. Aubrey Means, Graduate Student, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Mr. Vladislav Chernavskikh, Graduate Student, MIIS-MGIMO Dual Degree Program in WMD Nonproliferation

 

11:15-11:30 AM PST/9:15 PM-9:30 PM MST

Concluding Remarks by the Working Group Co-Chairs

Prof. William Potter, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Dr. Vladimir Orlov, Director, PIR Center; Professor, MGIMO University; Head, Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation

 

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