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Iran confirms discovery of computer virus “Stuxnet” at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant
26.09.2010
The signing of the Agreement on Confidence-Building Measures Related to Systems to Counter Ballistic Missiles Other Than Strategic Ballistic Missiles
26.09.1997
The Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency are opened for signing.
26.09.1986
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25.09.2020

“The Middle East remains one of the zones of high tension and instability in the contemporary world. We should, however, admit that 2019 was marked by an important event in the sphere of non-proliferation of WMD - the November UN Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction - which can be described as generally successful, at least much more successful than anticipated,” - write Vladimir Orlov and Natalia Artemenkova in their article «A WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East: The Road Toward It as Seen From Moscow», which was published in “International Affairs” in English.

25.09.2020

This paper is devoted to analyzing external sources of financial support of terrorism in the North Caucasus – a region of the Russian Federation notorious for the military crackdown on the Chechen insurgency in the 1990s and the continuous terrorist activity which has led to hundreds of attacks against civilian and military targets throughout Russia. The author brings together scant pieces of information on the topic to present a study that could contribute to designing better law-enforcement and security practices intended to disrupt the financing of terrorism in Russia from abroad. This research is based on open sources and may serve as a framework for further investigation with the use of classified data by specialized agencies.

17.09.2020

“Joe Biden has already begun forming a “shadow National Security Council”, which includes several dozen working groups. According to media reports, the leading roles in this structure are played by Biden's most trusted advisers: former Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is tipped for the position of Secretary of State or National Security Advisor; Jake Sullivan, ex- Director of Policy Planning in the State Department; Avril Haynes, ex-Deputy Director of the CIA; Michele Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Staffing base of the "shadow NSС" is the analytical centers of the democratic administration, the most prominent among which are the Center for New American Security and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, founded by Biden himself" – this is the leitmotiv of the 525th issue of Yaderny Kontrol.

About PIR Center

PIR Center is an independent nongovernmental organization, which carries out research, as well as educational, public awareness and publishing activities, and provides consulting services. From the time of its founding in April 1994 to this day, the priority areas of the Center's research studies remain international security, control and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. PIR Center is in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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From 1994 to 2014, the PIR Center has published Security Index journal (Yaderny Kontrol "Nuclear Control" until 2007).  The journal is published in Russian and English four times a year.  The special edition one-hundredth issue of the journal came into the world in spring of 2012.  Because of this, the PIR Center held a series of academic and practical events in Moscow, Geneva and Vienna to mark the occasion.  Since 2014, PIR Press, LLC is the journal's publisher.

Informational and analytic writing occupies an important part of our work in the form of the regularly published informational/analytic newsletters PIR Press, Yaderny Kontrol, Russia Confidential, and CyberPulse (published since 20/09/2012).  The PIR Center is located in Moscow; the PIR Center's partner organization, Centre Russe d'Etudes Politiques, is based in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The PIR Center has long and extensive ties with leading Russian and foreign research institutes, government and non-government experts.  All this allows the PIR Center to remain one of the most authoritative Russian organizations to take part in international discussion on global security issues.

PIR Center has become a leading Russian nongovernmental research organization in the area of international security. In its day-to-day operations, the Center maintains close contacts with executive and legislative agencies. The Center receives considerable support from its Advisory Board that numbers more then 60 individual and corporate members.

ffffIMG_5337.JPGSince 1997, the PIR Center has been developing educational programs in the area of nonproliferation and international security. Under its educational projects, the Center closely interacts with the leading Russian higher education institutions: MGIMO, MEPhI, St. Petersburg, Tomsk and Novosibirsk State Universities and others. With the appointment of PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov in 2001 as a UN consultant on disarmament and nonproliferation education, the Center won international recognition in the sphere of education. 

PIR Center makes intensive efforts to involve young specialists in its work. The Center staff in different times included recent graduates of the top Russian higher education institutions, such as MGIMO, Moscow State University and MEPhI. Their professional development, however, would be impossible without support and advice given by experienced senior colleagues: one of the founding fathers of the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Doctor of History, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary, Professor Roland Timerbaev; Doctor of Military Sciences, Lieutenant-General (Ret.) Vasily Lata etc.

The Center has around 20 staff members working on various short- and long-term projects. 

Since its establishment, the PIR Center has been publishing materials on nonproliferation, arms control and international security either in its periodicals or as monographs of the PIR Center Library series.

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