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29 january 2016
Vienna, Austria - CENESS and Valdai Discussion Club jointly presented a report on 'Prospects for Nuclear Power in the Middle East: Russia's Interests'. The event was held at the Conference Hall of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP). Pervamanent Representatives to the International Organisations in Vienna Amb. Vladimir Voronkov (Russian Federation) and Amb. Khaleed Shamaa (Arabic Republic of Egypt) took part in the discussion, as well as other representative from think-tanks, diplommatic missions, international organisations and media.
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28 january 2016
Vienna, Austria - CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov made two presentations during the panel on 'The CTBT as a Regional Confidence Building Measure' and ' Civil Society in Support of the CTBT' as a part of the symphosium on 'Science and Diplomacy for Peace and Security' held by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.
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22 january 2016
Beirut, Lebanon - CENESS Research Associate Dmitry Konukhov made a presentation on 'Financing of NPPs Construction Projects' during the international workshop 'Energy Finance in the Middle East: Uncertainties and Opportunities' organised by Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources at the American University of Beirut (AUB). The report on 'Prospects for Nuclear Power in the Middle East: Russia's Interests', which was conducted by CENESS with the support of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, was also presented for a broad discussion during the presentation. More info
18 january 2016
Moscow, Russia - CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov launched a report on 'Prospects for Nuclear Power in the Middle East: Russia's Interests'. The report, conducted by CENESS with the support of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, was offfered for a broad discussion during the presentation. Anton Khlopkov, Director, CENESS, and Amb. Mikhail Lysenko, Advisor, CENESS, made presentations and contributed to the discussion of the report's results during the event. More info
24 october 2015
Moscow, Russia - On October 22-24, 2015, Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) held a Russian-U.S. meeting on The Iran Nuclear Deal: Implementation, Sustainability, and Prospects for Russian-US Cooperation'. Specialists from Russian and American think-tanks took part in the event, representatives of Russian governmental bodies dedicated to the topic took part in discussions.
19 october 2015
Moscow, Russia - The Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) and Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) jointly held the workshop on Russian-US Nuclear Cooperation: Opportunities in the Current Environment and in the Future'. The keynote presentations were delivered by CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov; Andrew Bieniawski, Vice-President, NTI; and Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
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CENESS in the News

1 april 2016
'Nuclear Summit in Washington with Russia not Participating Acknowledged the Threat of Terrorists' Access to Nuclear Infrastructure (in Russian)'
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
18 january 2016
'Valdai Discussion Club Calculates Risks for Russian NPP Construction Projects in the Middle East'
13 january 2016
'Russia Refuses to Join Washington-driven Initiatives in Nuclear Security (in Russian)'
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CENESS Newswire


To what extent the adoption of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iranian nuclear program corresponds to a full range of Russia's national interests?
Corresponds to a significant degree
Mostly corresponds
Corresponds in a form of certain compromise, where benefits are equal to possible side effects
Mostly deviates from than corresponds to a full range of Russian interests

In focus


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, 2014 was published. The main topics are:
  • Jordan's Nuclear Energy Plans
  • Progress of the Barakah NPP Project in the UAE
  • Implementation of IAEA Safeguards in Russia.
  • DPRK and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: Unanswered Challenges and Missed Opportunities
  • Ukraine: Revolution and Atom
  • Westinghouse and Ukraine's Nuclear Fuel Dilemma
  • Pakistani Nuclear Weapons: Problems for the International Community?
  • The Operation in Iraq: First Experience of Russian-US Cooperation in HEU Minimization

The summary in English is available via link below.
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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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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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