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18 january 2021
Moscow, Russia A research paper 'The Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and Iran's Technological Capabilities in the Nuclear Field' co-authored by CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov and CENESS Research Associate Vladislav Chernavskikh got published in the Eksport Vooruzheniy (Arms Exports) journal. More info
13 january 2021
Moscow, Russia A joint op-ed Stepping Back from the Brink' on prospects of Russia-US nuclear cooperation during Joe Biden's presidency, co-authored by CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) Director William Potter, was published by the Kommersant newspaper. More info
7 december 2020
Moscow, Russia Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman delivered keynote remarks at the 9th meeting of the Russia-US Dialogue on Nuclear Issues, co-organized by the Center for Energy and Security Studies and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. More info
17 november 2020
Moscow, Russia A new report 'The Future of IAEA Safeguards: Rebuilding the Vienna Spirit through Russian-U.S. Expert Dialogue' was released. The report is the result of a two-year joint project of the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). More info
5 august 2020
Moscow, Russia CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov spoke at the 2020 NEREC International Conference on Nuclear Nonproliferation organized by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He participated in the panel discussion on nuclear risks reduction on the Korean Peninsula.
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27 july 2020
Moscow, Russia CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov spoke at a webinar entitled The Tenth NPT Review Conference: the IAEA Safeguards in the 21st century, organized by the UNODA and the IAEA. At the event, the Agency representatives, diplomats and non-governmental representatives explored the challenges and opportunities that the safeguards system faces in the 21st century.
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8 july 2020
Moscow, Russia Russia in Global Affairs journal published an article by CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov and CENESS Non-Resident Research Associate Anastasia Shavrova entitled New Start Extension: Is There a Chance to Accomplish It in Time? The article reviews the procedure for extending the New START Treaty in Russia and estimates the minimum amount of time required for the extension to successfully become legally binding.
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CENESS in the News

23 december 2020
'Russian Official Hails Tehran-Moscow Oil Cooperation'
19 december 2020
'Russia Says Trump's Policies Have Eroded Trust in U.S.'
Tehran Times
9 december 2020
'Typical Ukraine. Legendary Bandits, Budapest and Memorandum, Nuclear Arsenal
(in Russian)'

Rossiya 24
7 december 2020
'Russia Handed over to the US Options for an Arms Control Framework Agreement
(in Russian)'

6 december 2020
'Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's Death Complicates Dialogue (in Russian)'
Kommersant FM
29 november 2020
'The Iranian Parliament Accelerates Review of A Bill To Increase the Level of Uranium Enrichment in the Country (in Russian)'
Echo of Moscow
12 november 2020
'To Choose the Faster of Two Evils
(in Russian)'

7 october 2020
'The Development of the Nuclear Sector for Uzbekistan Will Be an Asset To More Than Just the Energy Sector (in Russian)'
Sputnik Uzbekistan
25 august 2020
'Lithuania Uses the Belarusian NPP Security Issue To Put Pressure on Minsk (in Russian)'
Sputnik Lithuania
10 august 2020
'After the Crisis Russia Leaves Argentina a Chance for an "Atomic Maneuver" (in Russian)'
Economics Today
27 july 2020
'Our American Biden (in Russian)'
17 july 2020
'Azerbaijan and Armenia Have Moved on to Nuclear Threats (in Russian)'
16 july 2020
'The Experts Doubt Azerbaijan's Determination to Strike the Armenian NPP (in Russian)'
15 june 2020
'"The US Accusations Are Not Supported by Any Evidence" (in Russian)'
22 may 2020
'The Unique Floating Nuclear Power Plant Launches Russia's Innovative Nuclear Projects'
Economics Today
24 april 2020
'Why the USA are Unable to Push Russia Out of the Nuclear Technology Market (in Russian)'
Economics Today
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In focus


Moscow, Russia. December 8, 2020.
During his presidential election campaign, Joe Biden said on several occasions that he would be ready to resume US participation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to resolve the situation with the Iranian nuclear program in the event of his election victory. He reiterated his position after the presidential elections. Russian ideas and diplomatic efforts played a major role in negotiating and adopting the JCPOA in July 2015. In the article, three Russian experts offer their views on the key principles and approaches to resuming full compliance with the JCPOA by all the original parties to the deal, and on the role Russia could play in that process.
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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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