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22 march 2017
Moscow, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed Decree No 124 On the Composition of the Advisory Board under the Security Council of the Russian Federation. The decree reappoints Anton Khlopkov, Director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS), as member of the Board.
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17 march 2017
Pyongyang, DPRK - On March 13-15, 2017, the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) held the sixth series of meetings with representatives of North Korean research organizations and the DPRK Foreign Ministry.
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16 january 2017
New York, United Nations Headquarters - Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) in cooperation with the Russian Foreign Ministry held a round table discussion on 'One Year of JCPOA Implementation: Achievements and Prospects for Sustainability'. CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov were keynote speakers.
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3 december 2016
Moscow, Russia - On December 1-3 the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) co-organized a meeting on 'Russian-US Dialogue on Nuclear Issues: Possible Post-Election Agenda'. Specialists from Russian and American think-tanks and Russian governmental organizations took part in the event.
23 november 2016
Moscow, Russia - CENESS held a workshop on 'Pakistan and Nuclear Suppliers Group'. The keynote presentation was delivered by Additional Secretary for UN&EC of the Pakistani MFA Tasnim Aslam, additional comments were made by Pakistani MFA's Director for Disarmament Kamran Akhtar and Director for Export Control Zafar Ali. Member of the IMEMO RAS Directorate and fmr. Director of Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Vyacheslav Trubnikov took part in the followed discussion.
22 september 2016
Moscow, Russia - CENESS held the round table on Nonproliferation and Regional Security in the Middle East: An Israeli Policy Perspective'. The keynote presentation was delivered by Jeremy Issacharoff, Vice Director General and Head of Multilateral Affairs Directorate at the Israeli MFA.
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CENESS in the News

29 march 2017
'One of the Nuclear Market Majors, Westinghouse Electric, Filed for Bankruptcy (in Russian)'
Channel One
7 march 2017
'Jeopardising Russian Nuclear Industry (in Russian)'
Zvezda TV Channel
6 december 2016
'Ukraine Is Trying to Intimidate the USA and Russia with Nuclear Weapons (in Russian)'
10 november 2016
'Putting an Atom on Hold: What does Vietnam Loose by Cancelling Its NPP Constraction Plans (in Russian)'
Federal Business Agency 'Economics Today'
7 october 2016
'Press-conference on 'Suspension of the Russian-US Agreement on Research Cooperation in the Nuclear and Energy Sector: What's Next?' (in Russian)'
Rossiya Segodnya
7 october 2016
'Pretending Break-off: Nuclear Agreements Weren't Working Even Before Official Suspension (in Russian)'
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CENESS Newswire


What is your projection for the Korean peninsula until the end of 2018?
Multilateral talks to reduce tensions in the region will resume.
Pyongyang will conduct another nuclear rest, the UN Security Council will respond by ramping up sanctions.
The political crisis will degenerate into a limited military conflict.
The United States, backed by allies, will attempt a regime change in North Korea.

In focus


February 15, 2017. Moscow, Russia. The Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS, Russian Federation) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI, United States) have released a report Pathways to Cooperation: A Menu of Potential U.S.-Russian Cooperative Projects in the Nuclear Sphere'. Unveiled on February 15, 2017, the report is the product of 18 month of joint research by the two think-tanks.

The report offers 51 potential projects designed to utilize Russia's and America's unique technical capabilities and expertise to advance their mutual interests in the nuclear sphere.

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News of the Nuclear Club Journal

The new issue of Nuclear Club journal 3-4, 2016 was published. The main topics are:
  • Why Has Vietnam Abandoned Nuclear Power Plans?
  • Indian Nuclear Power Industry: Tortuous Path, Bright Prospects
  • Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Management: International Practice
  • Nuclear Suppliers Group: Is There a Place for Non-NPT Members?
  • Ukrainian Nuclear Weapons Program: a Realistic Possibility?

Ways Out of the Korean Crisis

Alexander Vorontsov

CENESS Advisor Dr. Aleksandr Vorontsov, who also serves as the Head of the Korea and Mongolia Department at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, points out that any practical progress however limited on restricting or suspending North Korea's nuclear and missile programs has only ever been achieved through negotiations. He offers a set of recommendations for more productive talks on resolving the Korean peninsula's nuclear challenge.

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Implementation of the JCPOA: Risks and Challenges Ahead

Sergey Batsanov

An article by Amb. Sergey Batsanov, fmr. Head of the Russian Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament, aims to encourage a debate about the potential difficulties facing the implementationof the Vienna Agreements. Amb. Batsanov highlights the dangers posed by macro-political instability factors even amid the growing confidence and mutual understanding in the JCPOA framework. He predicts a fatigue syndrome developing over the next five or six years both in Iran, where the internal political dynamics might cause pressures for an early lifting of various restrictions, and in the United States. He concludes with a list of recommendations for reducing or eliminating the risks facing the JCPOA.

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Prospects for Nuclear Power in the Middle East: Russia's Interests


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. 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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