Comments About the 2014 MNC

Sergey RYABKOV
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation

“We at the MFA are grateful to the Center for Energy and Security Studies, and personally to our old comrade and colleague Anton Khlopkov, for organizing this Conference, which focused mainly on global nuclear security challenges. […] This is an important event”.
Rose GOTTEMOELLER
Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, United States
“Congratulations again on an excellent Conference: I thought the discussions I attended were very high quality.”
Angela KANE
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

“I welcome this opportunity to participate in this year's Moscow Nonproliferation Conference and wish to thank Anton Khlopkov and the Center for Energy and Security Studies for organizing this event.”
Hans BLIX
former Minister of Foreign Affairs (1978-1979); former IAEA Director General (1981-1997); former Executive Chairman of the UNMOVIC (2000-2003), Sweden  
“My warm thanks for the excellent Conference that you organized. I've learnt a lot!”
Pierre GOLDSCHMIDT
former Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, 1999-2005), Belgium

“Thank you for your kind invitation to participate to the 2014 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference. I wish to congratulate you and Dmitry [Konukhov] for the perfect organization and management of this event. I found it perfect. The Conference was extremely interesting and I enjoyed it fully.”
Gennady LUTAY
Expert, UN Security Council 1540 Committee
“I would like to thank you once again for the impressively organized and executed Conference. I am very glad that events of such high caliber are being held in Moscow, and that they are so popular. I wish you further achievements in your interesting work.”
Ute FINCKH-KRÄMER
Member, German Parliament (Bundestag), Germany

“Thank you again for inviting me to the 2014 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference. It was very interesting for me.”
Robert FLOYD
Sherpa to the Nuclear Security Summit; Director General, Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO), Australia
“Congratulations on a most successful and useful Conference. Well done."
Vladimir KUCHINOV
Sous-Sherpa for the Nuclear Security Summit; Advisor to the Director-General, State Corporation on Atomic Energy ‘Rosatom', Russian Federation

“Thank you for detailed information about the 2014 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference that was held recently by your organization. Its results are truly impressive.”
Adil SULTAN
Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs, Strategic Plans Division, Joint Staff Headquarters, Pakistan
“Thank you once again for providing an opportunity to be part of such a rich gathering. Also thanks once again for the excellent administrative arrangements.”
Marjolijn VAN DEELEN
Deputy Head, Non-proliferation and Disarmament Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

“I very much enjoyed the Conference and am looking forward to the 2017-edition. “
Kayhan BARZEGAR
Chair, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University (IAU); Director, Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (IMESS), Iran
“The Conference was great and we all enjoyed it. Thanks for your hospitality and kind invitation.”
Andrew BIENIAWSKI
Vice President for Material Security and Minimization, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), United States

“Congratulations on an incredible Conference. You did an amazing job and it was one of the best Conferences I have ever attended!”
Robert EINHORN
Senior Fellow, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Brookings Institution, United States
“It was a very impressive, very well organized Conference. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for including me.”
GUO Xiaobing
Deputy Director, Institute of Arms Control and Security Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), China

“Thank you again for your considerate accommodation during the Conference. It is impressive to meet participants from so many countries and international organizations. It has become so influential an event that almost every visitor to our institute mentioned the Conference several weeks after it. Hope you continue that great work.”
Erwin HAECKEL
Professor, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Germany
“I wish to confirm what a splendid Conference we had under your leadership and how much I, along with all participants, recognized your personal achievement to make it a great success. Also, I am pleased to acknowledge Dmitry Konukhov's unfailing contribution to make the whole machinery run so smoothly and efficiently. The Conference could not have come at a better time. Its most remarkable accomplishment was the experience that current conflicts of views and interests between Russia and the West could not impair an atmosphere of friendship and understanding among all those who participated.”
Mark HIBBS
Senior Associate, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, United States

“Thanks for a great event.”
HU Yumin
Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Secretary General, China Arms Control and Disarmament Association (CACDA); Guest Professor, College of Defense Studies (CDS), National Defense University (NDU), China
“I believe, as the Chairman of the 2014 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference, you have done a great job.”
Greg THIELMANN
Senior Fellow, Arms Control Association, United States

“I want to again thank you for managing this event in a very impressive manner. Congratulations on this achievement! I found the entire time in Moscow to be a very professionally insightful and stimulating experience.”
Vladimir KOZIN
Chief Adviser; Head, Group of Advisers to the Director, Russian Institute of Strategic Studies (RISS), Russian Federation
“Thank you for the invitation to attend the Conference. It is clear that CENESS has invested a lot of effort in that event.”
Ulrich KUEHN
Researcher, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH), University of Hamburg, Germany

“Your Conference was super professionally organized and very interesting. Thanks again for all!”
Daria LOBANOVA
Specialist, The Gorchakov Foundation, Russian Federation
“I would like to express my gratitude to you for this event, which was organized to very high professional standards. I have heard a lot of good reports about you. It is a pleasure to work with such partners.”
Oliver MEIER
Research Associate, International Security Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Germany

“I wanted to briefly thank you for the invitation to Moscow. It was an extremely useful and interesting trip and a great Conference. I very much appreciate the opportunity to participate.”
Eugene MIASNIKOV
Director, Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies, Russian Federation
“Without a doubt, the recent Conference was a memorable event. I sincerely wish your further achievements in your work.”
PAN Zhenqiang
Senior Advisor, China Reform Forum, China

“The November Nonproliferation Conference is a great success. Intimate interactions during the meetings were impressive and conducive to the better understanding among the participants. The role you and your center played is an indispensable factor in ensuring the remarkable achievements made. I, thus, want to extend my sincere congratulations to you and also deep gratitude for the hospitalities you bestowed us when we were in Moscow. Let's stay in touch, and hopefully, our increasing cooperation will contribute, in whatever small way, to the peace and stability of the world […]. My sincere thanks for all the hospitality my Chinese colleagues and I were accorded during the Nonproliferation Conference in Moscow on Nov. 20-23. I believe that the Conference is a great success thanks to the efforts of your institutions together with other cooperative partners. Your personal contribution is of particular significance to the success of the meeting.”
Waheguru Pal Singh SIDHU
Senior Fellow, Brookings-India, India
“Warm congratulations on a very successful Conference and look forward to seeing you again soon.”
Cindy VESTERGAARD
Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark

“Your organization of the Conference was stellar. It had breadth and depth and your ability to pull in the right weight and expertise was impressive, particularly in light of political events making headlines since the first ‘save the date' memo was sent.”
John BRANTE
Second Secretary, Embassy of Sweden
“Thanks a lot for the invitation to the Conference. It was highly useful and I think we were all very impressed of the line-up of speakers and the way you moderated the discussions.”
KIM Won Bong
Second Secretary, Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

“Our huge thanks for organizing such an excellent Conference, and for the warm reception given to experts of the DPRK Foreign Ministry's Institute of Disarmament and Peace.”
Thembani MALULEKE
Third Secretary, Embassy of South Africa
“I would like to sincerely thank you for inviting me to both 2012 and 2014 Conferences. I really enjoyed them and learnt lots of things from your panelists. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for sending me Conference documents, they are really useful.”
Roberto ORLANDO
First Secretary, Italian Embassy in Moscow

“I would like to warmly thank you for the wonderful organisation of the event, it was an amazing result and I found it very interesting.”
Bas WELS
First Secretary, Embassy of the Netherlands
“Thanks for [..] organizing the Conference. It was a great gathering.”
Hamid ZANGANEH
First Secretary, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

“The Conference was very well organized. Many thanks to you and your colleagues.”
Sergey ZAYATS
Counsellor, Embassy of Belarus
“Please accept my gratitude for the invitation to attend the Conference. The event has proved very timely, and a valuable source of new information.”