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24 june 2017
Vienna, Austria - Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) jointly held the third regular US-Russia Dialogue on Nuclear Issues on U.S.-Russian Cooperation at Vienna- and Geneva-based International Organizations'. Representatives of Russian and US think-tanks and diplomatic missions in Vienna took part in the meeting. Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, delivered a keynote address at the opening reception.
25 may 2017
Astana, Kazakhstan - On May 24-25 the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) co-organized a workshop on 'Strengthening the Security of Radioactive Sources in Central Asia', with the support of IAEA and the Government of Kazakhstan. The event brought together more than 50 representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as specialists and experts from Russia (including Rosatom State Corporation and Rostechnadzor) and the USA (including Department of Energy).
27 april 2017
Moscow, Russia - Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) held a roundtable workshop on Can President Trump Make a Deal with North Korea?'. Dr. Siegfried Hecker, Professor at Stanford University and former Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA) made a keynote presentation during the meeting. Representatives of Russian governmental bodies, think-tanks and academia, as well as members of the Stanford University delegation took part in the event.
20 april 2017
New Delhi, India - CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov gave a talk on The Global Agenda on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation' at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), and held a series of meetings at the Ministry of External Affairs of India in the context of preparations for the 2017 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference.
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22 march 2017
Moscow, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed Decree No 124 On the Composition of the Advisory Board under the Security Council of the Russian Federation. The decree reappoints Anton Khlopkov, Director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS), as member of the Board.
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17 march 2017
Pyongyang, DPRK - On March 13-15, 2017, the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) held the sixth series of meetings with representatives of North Korean research organizations and the DPRK Foreign Ministry.
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CENESS in the News

18 june 2017
'Visit to Moscow Nuclear Expo Will Inform UAE Energy Policy'
The National | UAE
6 may 2017
'A Shadow of Chernobyl Hangs Over Ukraine (in Russian)'
Russia-24
29 march 2017
'One of the Nuclear Market Majors, Westinghouse Electric, Filed for Bankruptcy (in Russian)'
Channel One
7 march 2017
'Jeopardising Russian Nuclear Industry (in Russian)'
Zvezda TV Channel
6 december 2016
'Ukraine Is Trying to Intimidate the USA and Russia with Nuclear Weapons (in Russian)'
Gazeta.ru
10 november 2016
'Putting an Atom on Hold: What does Vietnam Loose by Cancelling Its NPP Constraction Plans (in Russian)'
Federal Business Agency 'Economics Today'
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What is your projection for the Korean peninsula until the end of 2018?
Multilateral talks to reduce tensions in the region will resume.
Pyongyang will conduct another nuclear rest, the UN Security Council will respond by ramping up sanctions.
The political crisis will degenerate into a limited military conflict.
The United States, backed by allies, will attempt a regime change in North Korea.


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THE 2017 MOSCOW NONPROLIFERATION CONFERENCE: NUCLEAR ENERGY, DISARMAMENT AND NONPROLIFERATION

Moscow, Russia. On October 19-21, the 2017 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference will take place. The event is organized by the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) in partnership with the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The Conference will bring together 200 experts from 40 countries and international organizations to discuss and brainstorm the most pressing issues related to the international nuclear nonproliferation regime. The current state of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and prospects for the 2020 NPT Review Cycle will be one of the main topics on the Conference agenda. Other key topics will include the sustainability of the JCPOA and the role of multilateral diplomacy in defusing the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula.

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News of the Nuclear Club Journal

The new issue of Nuclear Club journal 3-4, 2016 was published. The main topics are:
  • Why Has Vietnam Abandoned Nuclear Power Plans?
  • Indian Nuclear Power Industry: Tortuous Path, Bright Prospects
  • Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Management: International Practice
  • Nuclear Suppliers Group: Is There a Place for Non-NPT Members?
  • Ukrainian Nuclear Weapons Program: a Realistic Possibility?


Ways Out of the Korean Crisis

Alexander Vorontsov

CENESS Advisor Dr. Aleksandr Vorontsov, who also serves as the Head of the Korea and Mongolia Department at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, points out that any practical progress however limited on restricting or suspending North Korea's nuclear and missile programs has only ever been achieved through negotiations. He offers a set of recommendations for more productive talks on resolving the Korean peninsula's nuclear challenge.

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Implementation of the JCPOA: Risks and Challenges Ahead

Sergey Batsanov

An article by Amb. Sergey Batsanov, fmr. Head of the Russian Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament, aims to encourage a debate about the potential difficulties facing the implementationof the Vienna Agreements. Amb. Batsanov highlights the dangers posed by macro-political instability factors even amid the growing confidence and mutual understanding in the JCPOA framework. He predicts a fatigue syndrome developing over the next five or six years both in Iran, where the internal political dynamics might cause pressures for an early lifting of various restrictions, and in the United States. He concludes with a list of recommendations for reducing or eliminating the risks facing the JCPOA.

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Prospects for Nuclear Power in the Middle East: Russia's Interests

CENESS Report

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. 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.

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