PATHWAYS TO COOPERATION: A MENU OF POTENTIAL U.S.-RUSSIAN PROJECTS IN THE NUCLEAR SPHEREFebruary 15, 2017. Moscow, Russia. The Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS, Russian Federation) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI, United States) have released a report ‘Pathways to Cooperation: A Menu of Potential U.S.-Russian Cooperative Projects in the Nuclear Sphere'. Unveiled on February 15, 2017, the report is the product of 18 month of joint research by the two think-tanks.
The report offers 51 potential projects designed to utilize Russia's and America's unique technical capabilities and expertise to advance their mutual interests in the nuclear sphere.
CENESS HOLDS ROUND TABLE ON JCPOA IMPLEMENTATION AT UN HQ IN NEW YORKNew York, United Nations Headquarters. On January 16, 2017, Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS), in cooperation with the Russian Foreign Ministry, held a UN General Assembly Side Event ‘One Year of JCPOA Implementation: Achievements and Prospects for Sustainability'.
CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov were keynote speakers. The event was attended by more than 100 participants; UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Kim Won-soo and Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo made comments during the discussion that followed the keynote speeches.
PROSPECTS FOR NUCLEAR POWER IN THE MIDDLE EAST: RUSSIA'S INTERESTSJanuary 18, 2016. Moscow, Russia.
Of all the nuclear energy newcomers, i.e. countries that have only just started to develop nuclear energy, Middle Eastern states are making the most dynamic progress. According to all the statements made by Middle Eastern leaders and senior officials in the late 2000s, there were plans to build approximately 90 nuclear power reactors at 26 sites (NPPs) in 13 states in the region over the following 20 years. The report, prepared by CENESS, focuses on analysis of history, distinctive features, and potential for nuclear energy development in individual Middle Eastern countries that are the most likely regional candidates to build NPPs in the foreseeable future; provides an estimate of impact made by events of regional and inner political instability and by the Fukushima nuclear accident, as well as points out Russia's potential role in the implementation of region's nuclear energy development plans.
THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: RUSSIA'S INTERESTS AND PROSPECTS FOR IMPLEMENTATIONAugust 14, 2015. Moscow Russia. The Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) organized a meeting on ‘The Iran Nuclear Deal: Russia's Interests and Prospects for Implementation'. The meeting, which took place precisely one month after the adoption of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna, was held in a form of conversation with the head of the Russian delegation at the nuclear talks between the P5+1 and Iran, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.
THE 2014 MOSCOW NONPROLIFERATION CONFERENCE: NUCLEAR ENERGY, DISARMAMENT AND NONPROLIFERATIONNovember 20-22, 2014. Moscow, Russia. The Russian capital hosted the 2014 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference: Nuclear Energy, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation. The event was organized by the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS).
One of the priorities of the Conference was to offer a platform for scholars and government experts representing a large number of countries and research institutions to present their positions. The Conference brought together 208 experts from 40 countries, including China, Brazil, the DPRK, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States.
ENDING HEU USE IN MEDICAL ISOTOPE PRODUCTION: OPTIONS FOR RUSSIAN-U.S. COOPERATIONMoscow, Russia - The Russian nuclear industry has set for itself an ambitious goal of becoming one of the three top global suppliers of Mo-99, which is used in 80 per cent of the medical procedures involving isotopes. Growing Russian production could help stabilize the global Mo-99 market, which faced severe shortages on several occasions in 2005-2013. It is therefore important to identify mechanisms that could enable Russia to achieve that goal, while at the same time facilitating the Russian industry's transition to new market requirements for producing Mo-99 without HEU. More info
IAEA SAFEGUARDS SYSTEM: CONCEPTUAL EVOLUTION
Moscow, Russia - In August 2013 the IAEA Director General submitted to the IAEA Board of Governors (BoG) a report on ‘The Conceptualization and Development of Safeguards Implementation at the State Level'. In early September the BoG tasked the IAEA Secretariat to continue efforts in this area, and to submit a revised report in a year's time. The Center for Energy and Security Studies offers an analysis of the evolution and current state of the IAEA safeguards concepts.More info
HEU-LEU PROJECT: A SUCCESS STORY OF RUSSIAN-US NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT COOPERATION
Moscow, Russia - HEU-LEU is the largest Russian-U.S. nuclear energy and disarmament project, and one of the most successful. An article timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Russian-U.S. deal on weapons-grade uranium focuses on the project's background, the difficulties encountered during its implementation, its significance for the nuclear industry of the two countries, and the outlook for further cooperation on uranium enrichment between Moscow and Washington following the completion of the HEU-LEU project.More info
CREATION OF LASER ENRICHMENT LABORATORY IN IRAN: A TRUE STORY OF JEFF EERKENS
Moscow, Russia - When the laser was invented in the 1960s, one of the first areas of research into commercial application of lasers was uranium enrichment. Iran launched an ambitious nuclear energy program in 1974. It was one of the first countries to begin comprehensive research into using lasers for uranium isotope separation. As part of their research into molecular laser separation of uranium isotopes, Iranian scientists relied on cooperation with Dr. Jeff Eerkens, a leading American specialist in the field. This paper tells the story of how the US-Iranian cooperation in a field of laser uranium enrichment began, how it developed, and how it ended. It is based on numerous publications and interviews, drawing heavily on the author's personal interviews with Dr. Eerkens.More info
THE 2012 MOSCOW NONPROLIFERATION CONFERENCE: NUCLEAR ENERGY, DISARMAMENT AND NONPROLIFERATIONSeptember 6-8, 2012. Moscow, Russia. The Russian capital hosted the 2012 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference: Nuclear Energy, Disarmament and Nonproliferation. The event was organized by the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS). The conference was attended by some 200 researchers, scientists, diplomats and government experts working on the problems of safe and secure development of nuclear energy, nuclear nonproliferation and arms control. Conference's participants were representing around 40 countries of Europe, Middle East, South and South-East Asia and Pacific Region, including key international organizations in the field. More info
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