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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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28 may 2020
Moscow, Russia CENESS in cooperation with the UNODA and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies organized a webinar entitled The Tenth NPT Review Conference: Challenges and Opportunities. Among the speakers were U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu and President-designate of the Tenth Review Conference Gustavo Zlauvinen.
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11 may 2020
Moscow, Russia The paper The IAEA's Safeguards System as the Non-Proliferation Treaty's Verification Mechanism' co-authored by John Carlson, Vladimir Kuchinov, and Thomas Shea was published. It explores how the IAEA safeguards system was created, its accomplishments and challenges, issues remaining in flux, and possible future directions.
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6 march 2020
Tokyo, Japan CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov took part in the The Track 1.5 Meeting for Substantive Advancement of Nuclear Disarmament, organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Japan. The meeting was attended by government officials from nine countries including nuclear weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states.
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CENESS in the News

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
13 march 2020
'Pentagon Hands Out Contracts for Portable Nuclear Reactors'
1 december 2019
'Into the Unknown: What to Expect from Ukraine's NPP Switching to American Fuel (in Russian)'
RIA Novosti
24 november 2019
'Sanctions on Fordow Is a Blow to Nuclear Deal'
Tehran Times
8 november 2019
'The Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: Why It Is Not Just a Science Fiction Story for Moscow (in Russian) '
RIA Novosti
8 november 2019
'Lavrov Is Speaking at the Moscow Nonproliferation Conference (in Russian)'
5 october 2019
'DPRK and USA Have Met in Sweden to Resume Talks (in Russian)'
29 july 2019
'There Is a Need for Educating the Public, What the Uranium Tailings Are (in Russian)'
Sputnik Kyrgyz
18 july 2019
'The Safety at the Kalinin NPP Is Not in Question (in Russian)'
360 TV
8 july 2019
'US Is to Blame for Current Situation of JCPOA'
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In focus


Moscow, Russia. June 3, 2020.
A study prepared by Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) offers a detailed review of the Russian national procedures that would be required for a New START extension. Also, with only few months remaining until the Treaty's expiration, a continued absence of a political decision in Washington on extension, and the US presidential election looming on the horizon later this year, the study estimates the minimum time frame that would be required to complete all the bilateral and national procedures required for an extension of the last remaining Russian-US arms control treaty.

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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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