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28 january 2022
Moscow, Russia The Center for Energy and Security (CENESS) and the CTBTO Preparatory Commission held avirtual award ceremony for the participants of the joint CYG-CENESS Research Fellowship program. 25participants have received aFellowship completion certificate.
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17 december 2021
Moscow, Russia The Center for Energy and Security (CENESS) and the CTBTO Preparatory Commission held a closing session of the joint CYG-CENESS Research Fellowship program aimed at young nonproliferation experts. The session was attended by CTBTO PC Executive Secretary Robert Floyd and UN Under-Secretary General and High Representative for Disarmament Izumi Nakamitsu. More info
22 november 2021
Moscow, Russia The Center for Energy and Security (CENESS) held an online roundtable meeting Resumption of the Vienna Talks: Is Restoration of the JCPOA Still Possible and What Would It Take?'. Around 30 experts from think-tanks and research organizations of the P5+1 countries and Iran participated in the session.
12 november 2021
Seoul, Republic of Korea - CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov attended the annual Republic of Korea-United Nations Joint Conference on Disarmament, and Non-Proliferation Issues. Around 40 representatives of Governments and intergovernmental organizations, research institutes, and think tanks participated in the two-day meeting More info
3 november 2021
Vienna, Austria The Center for Energy and Security (CENESS) held a roundtable meeting The AUKUS Submarine Deal: Challenges to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime'. The event was closed to the media and attended by about 35 representatives of Vienna-based think tanks, diplomatic missions, and international organizations.
1 november 2021
Vienna, Austria The Center for Energy and Security (CENESS) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have signed Practical Agreements on Cooperation. The document was signed by CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov and IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Massimo Aparo. More info
6 october 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS organized a Roundtable CTBT at 25 and Future of the Treaty' with the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Robert Floyd. More info
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CENESS in the News

5 january 2022
'A country without the USSR, disappeared brands, refusal to cooperate with Kiev. Typical Ukraine (In Russian)'
Rossiya 24
29 november 2021
'Seventh Circle of Iran. Negotiations on the Nuclear Deal Resume in Vienna (in Russian)'
3 november 2021
'Iran Could Become the Hub of Trade and Energy in the SCO (in Russian)'
27 july 2021
'The Situation is Strategically Stable (in Russian)'
22 july 2021
'Ryabkov: Russia Hopes the Entire Nuclear Five Confirms the Gorbachev-Reagan Formula (in Russian)'
22 july 2021
'Ryabkov: Russia and the United States Have Already Held Four Rounds of Consultations on Cybersecurity (in Russian)'
16 july 2021
'Kim-Trump Summit in Hanoi Could Have Eliminated 80% of N. Korea's Nuclear Capacity, a Report Says'
8 june 2021
'We Appeal to You to Show Courage and Sense of Urgency (in Russian)'
20 may 2021
'Nuclear Cooperation Shows China, Russia Determined to Tackle Climate Change -- Experts'
27 april 2021
'Iranian Foreign Minister Blames Russia for Iranian issues (in Russian)'
14 april 2021
'Iranian Cenrtrifuries (in Russian)'
6 april 2021
'Iran and US Meet for Talks to Salvage Nuclear Deal'
Geneva Solutions
16 march 2021
'Back and to the Future (In Russian)'
1 march 2021
'Iran Is Not Bothered with IAEA Anymore (In Russian)'
5 february 2021
'Return to JCPOA Will Not Be Easy, Says Former Russian Ambassador to Iran (In Russian)'
RIA Novosti
5 february 2021
'Challenges To JCPOA Reactivation Discussed At Moscow Expert Conference'
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In focus


Moscow, Russia. July 14, 2021. The Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) have released a joint Russia-U.S. study DPRK Strategic Capabilities and Security on the Korean Peninsula: Looking Ahead'.
The report charts the motivations, pillars and progress of North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes over the years, and examines possible international steps towards developing and implementing proposals for denuclearisation and creating lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. More info
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The Nuclear Club Journal: Top Stories and Analysis

  • The Universe and Nuclear Weapons
    by Roland Timerbaev;
  • The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Another Victim of US Nuclear Policy?
    by Grigory Berdennikov and Asya Shavrova;
  • The Future of the JCPOA and Its Impact on the Middle East by Alexander Mariyasov;
  • Ways Out of the Korean Krisis
    by Alexander Vorontsov;
  • Some Lessons from the Iran Nuclear Deal and Their Applicability to Resolving Korean Nuclear Crisis by Sergey Batsanov;
  • Prospects for Nuclear Power In the Middle East: Russia's Interests by Anton Khlopkov (ed.);
  • Cuban Missile Crisis: As Seen from the Inside by John Endicott and Victor Esin.

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Another Victim of US Nuclear Policy

Grigory Berdennikov, Asya Shavrova

Amid a number of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control crises (the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula, the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA and the INF Treaty), the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) was well down the list of pressing nuclear issues until now. Amb. Grigory Berdennikov, Head of the Russian delegation at the CTBT negotiations (19931996), and Asya Shavrova, CENESS Research Associate and Member of the Youth Group of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission, point out that the situation with the CTBT is merely an element of the broader pattern of the arms control and nuclear nonproliferation current state of affairs, and the next two years will be a serious challenge for the Treaty.

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The Future of the JCPOA and Its Impact on the Middle East

Alexander Mariyasov

An article by Amb. Alexander Mariyasov, fmr. Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Islamic Republic of Iran, analyses hopes to save the JCPOA to live on even without US participation, and ways for Iran to alleviate the pressure of re-imposed US sanctions. Parties to the deal must demonstrate the political will and determination to offer Iran at least the bare minimum of economic advantages that would justify its own continued participation, as a collapse of the JCPOA followed by Iran's complete withdrawal from the deal would represent a major escalation of the already tense situation in the Middle East.

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Once and Future Partners?

Anton Khlopkov, Bill Potter

Experts disagree if the current state of US-Russian relations represents a new Cold War. Most concur, however, that the relationship between Moscow and Washington has deteriorated to a dangerous degree, arguably worse than any period since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. As such, every meeting between the US and Russian presidents will present a significant opportunity to halt, if not reverse, the downward spiral in relations.

The original article has been published in Russian in the Kommersant daily newspaper on July 10,
2018, under the title Agenda for Two Presidents'.

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