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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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3 march 2020
Moscow, Russia CENESS held a workshop on Russian and US Nuclear Energy Cooperation Framework Agreements: Comprehensive Comparison'. The presentation was delivered by Adam Stulberg, Professor and Chair of Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The meeting was attended by representatives of academia and expert community.
26 february 2020
Saint Petersburg, Russia CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov chaired a lecture by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Russian Federation Datla Bala Venkatesh Varma for students of Strategic Studies and Arms Control Master's Program at the Saint-Petersburg State University. The conversation titled Prospects for Arms Control and Nonproliferation Regime: A View From India' was organized with assistance of the Center for Energy and Security Studies.
24 february 2020
Nagasaki, Japan The article on 'The 2018-2019 Summitry Process And Prospects For Denuclearization Of The Korean Peninsula', authored by CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov has been published in a PSNA Working Paper Series of the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (RECNA) at the Nagasaki University.
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14 february 2020
Moscow, Russia CENESS hosted a workshop on 'The 2021 A/CPPNM Review Conference: Prospects and Opportunities'. The presentation was delivered by Ambassador Laura Holgate and Samantha Neakrase, Nuclear Threat Initiative's Vice-President and Senior Director for Materials Risk Management respectively.
7 february 2020
Singapore, Singapore On February 6-7 CENESS Senior Research Associate Dmitry Konukhov took part in the Nuclear Energy Experts Group's Meeting (NEEG), where he delivered a presentation on 'Small Modular Reactors: Features, Grey Areas and Russian Take On It'.
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CENESS in the News

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'
6 july 2019
'The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Another Victim of US Nuclear Policy?'
Russia in Global Affairs
15 may 2019
'The Opportunities for Dialogue Between DPRK and US Have Not Been Fully Exhausted (in Russian)'
10 april 2019
'Russian and US Experts Called for the New START Treaty Extension (in Russian)'
RIA Novosti
30 january 2019
'Trade Between Russia and North Korea Comes Out of Tuman River (in Russian)'
22 november 2018
'Russian, North Korean Diplomats Discuss Denuclearization Talks'
22 november 2018
'Leading Russian Nuclear Nonproliferation Analyst Discusses Korean Peninsula Denuclearization with DPRK FM'
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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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