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27 may 2021
Geneva, Switzerland A research paper on international civil nuclear cooperation with Iran in the context of the JCPOA, authored by CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov, was published as part of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) report From the Iran Nuclear Deal to a Middle East Zone? Lessons from the JCPOA for an ME WMDFZ'. More info
26 may 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov spoke on prospects of restoring the effectiveness of the JCPOA at the XVI Diplomatic Seminar organized by The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. More info
17 may 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov took part in the roundtable meeting Contemporary Issues of Security and Strategic Stability', organized by the Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
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11 may 2021
Moscow, Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed Decree No 271 On Confirming the Composition of the Advisory Board under the Security Council of the Russian Federation'. The decree reappoints CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov as a member of the Board. More info
6 may 2021
Seoul, Republic of Korea The article Why Talks To Restore the JCPOA Are Highly Relevant to the Korean Peninsula' authored by Director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) Anton Khlopkov was published by the Korea Times. More info
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
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CENESS in the News

27 april 2021
'Iranian Foreign Minister Blames Russia for Iranian issues (in Russian)'
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
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In focus


Moscow, Russia. July 14, 2021. The Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) have released a joint Russia-U.S. study DPRK Strategic Capabilities and Security on the Korean Peninsula: Looking Ahead'.
The report charts the motivations, pillars and progress of North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes over the years, and examines possible international steps towards developing and implementing proposals for denuclearisation and creating lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. More info
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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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