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22 september 2016
Moscow, Russia CENESS held the round table on Nonproliferation and Regional Security in the Middle East: An Israeli Policy Perspective'. The keynote presentation was delivered by Jeremy Issacharoff, Vice Director General and Head of Multilateral Affairs Directorate at the Israeli MFA.
3 june 2016
Moscow, Russia - Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) held a joint academic meeting with the DPRK Foreign Ministry's Institute for American Studies (IFAS) to discuss the current security challenges on the Korean Peninsula and possible ways of reducing tensions in the region.
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2 june 2016
Moscow, Russia - Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) held workshop on Ten Years of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT): Strengths, Challenges and the Way Forward'. The goal of the meeting was to discuss the findings of the report of the same name, which was presented by its co-authors, Jonathan Herbach, Senior Policy Officer within the Security Policy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and Tytti Erasto, Nuclear Arms Control Expert at the SaferGlobe Finland.
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23 may 2016
Moscow, Russia - The Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) and the Russian Foreign Ministry held the high-level workshop on 'Conference on Establishing a Middle East WMD-Free Zone: Devising the Next Steps'. The meeting's participants included representatives from the majority of region's states, as well as from Russia, the USA, the EU, UN and the League of Arab States Secreteriats. The informal brainstorming meeting to discuss the situation with the Conference on Establishment of the WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East took place in the Russian MFA's House of Receptions.
19 april 2016
Moscow, Russia - Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation organised the workshop on 'CTBT at 20: Status and Prospects for Entry into Force'. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO Lassina Zerbo and member of the Group of Eminent Persons (GEM), former Foreign Minister of Sweden and former IAEA Director-General Hans Blix were the keynote speakers of the meeting.
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8 april 2016
Monterey, USA - On April 8-9 the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) co-organized high-level Russian-US Dialogue on Nuclear Issues on 'Security and Nuclear Challenges on the Korean Peninsula: Finding a Solution'. Specialists from Russian and American think-tanks and senior officials from the Russian Foreign Ministry and the US Department of State took part in the event.
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CENESS in the News

9 september 2016
'JCPOA and Russia's Interests in the Iranian Nuclear Market'
Moscow Defense Brief
14 july 2016
'JCPOA: Early Results. A View from Russia'
CSIS
1 april 2016
'Nuclear Summit in Washington with Russia not Participating Acknowledged the Threat of Terrorists' Access to Nuclear Infrastructure (in Russian)'
Kommersant
11 march 2016
'Five Years After Fukushima, Nuclear Power Sees Unlikely Revival'
Valdai Discussion Club
29 january 2016
'Only About a Third of the Nuclear Reactors Announced by Middle Eastern Countries May Be Launched (in Russian)'
19 january 2016
'Prospects and Risks of the Development of the Nuclear Power Industry in the Middle East: Expert Opinion'
Valdai Discussion Club
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PROSPECTS FOR NUCLEAR POWER IN THE MIDDLE EAST: RUSSIA'S INTERESTS

January 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.
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News of the Nuclear Club Journal

The new issue of Nuclear Club journal 3-4, 2015 was published. The main topics are:
  • CTBT at 20: Status and Proposals for Entry into Force
  • Helping the Newcomers Build Nuclear Power Infrastructure: US Experience
  • Potential for RussianU.S. Cooperation in Nuclear Environmental Remediation Projects
  • French Energy Option for Ukraine: a Real Possibility?
  • Ways Out of the Crisis on the Korean Peninsula
  • On Talks in Moscow on the Iranian Nuclear Program

The summary in English is available via link below.

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Stuxnet: New Form of Cyber Warfare was Tested on Iranian Nuclear Infrastructure? (In Russian)

Dmitry Konukhov

In June 2010 thousands of computers in India, Indonesia, Iran, China, Pakistan, USA, Taiwan and Ecuador were attacked by worm Stuxnet', a new form of cyber malware that can damage real objects. The worldwide attention was riveted to this virus after it struck the Iranian nuclear facilities: Bushehr NPP and enrichment plant in Natanz.

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Russia, Australia and New Horizons of Nuclear Cooperation
(In Russian)

John Carlson

On November 11, 2010 Russia's peaceful nuclear energy cooperation agreement with Australia, which holds about a quarter of the world's known uranium reserves, entered into force. One of the key authors of the agreement looks back at the history of the agreement, details the requirements of Australian law to such international agreements, and highlights the prospects for bilateral nuclear cooperation.

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'President Yeltsin Stopped Me From Finishing the Cuban Nuclear Power Plant'

Viktor Mikhailov
Russia's first nuclear energy minister, Viktor Mikhailov, recalls in an interview Moscow's attempts to conquer new nuclear markets in the early 1990s. He also sheds some light on the decision to sell Russian centrifuge enrichment equipment to China.

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