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14 april 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov took part in the MIA 'Rossiya Segodnya' online conference The Future of the JCPOA and Regional Security: Results of the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov's Visit to Iran'.
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12 april 2021
Moscow, Russia The research paper A Method to Evaluate the Effectiveness of IAEA Safeguards' co-authored by Valery Bytchkov, Vladimir Ryzhikov, and Yuri Stepin was published. It proposes the methodology of evaluating the effectiveness of IAEA safeguards activities that makes it possible to perform transparent and independent evaluations and to minimize the bias which may be introduced by the work of state evaluation groups. More info
7 april 2021
Moscow, Russia The dates of the 2022 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference (The 2022 MNC) have been announced. The Conference will be held on April 7-9, 2022.
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6 april 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov spoke at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) webinar USA, Iran and the Nuclear Deal: What Role for the Other Parties? More info
31 march 2021
Moscow, Russia A research paper 'Safeguards for a Peaceful Atom'
co-authored by CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov was published in the Vestnik Atomproma (Nuclear Industry Bulletin) journal. More info
16 march 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov took part in the Valdai Discussion Club expert discussion Return to the Deal? The New US Administration and the Prospects for the JCPOA. More info
9 march 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov spoke at The Second Track 1.5 Meeting for Substantive Advancement of Nuclear Disarmament, organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Japan. Among the participants were U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu and President-designate of the Tenth Review Conference Gustavo Zlauvinen.
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CENESS in the News

14 april 2021
'Iranian Cenrtrifuries (in Russian)'
6 april 2021
'Iran and US Meet for Talks to Salvage Nuclear Deal'
Geneva Solutions
16 march 2021
'Back and to the Future (In Russian)'
1 march 2021
'Iran Is Not Bothered with IAEA Anymore (In Russian)'
5 february 2021
'Return to JCPOA Will Not Be Easy, Says Former Russian Ambassador to Iran (In Russian)'
RIA Novosti
5 february 2021
'Challenges To JCPOA Reactivation Discussed At Moscow Expert Conference'
28 january 2021
'A Nuclear Deal Race (In Russian)'
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
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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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