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6 october 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS organized a Roundtable CTBT at 25 and Future of the Treaty' with the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Robert Floyd. More info
24 september 2021
Yekaterinburg, Russia CENESS organized a lecture course The Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: Status and Perspectives at the Ural Federal University. More info
17 september 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS and the the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) launched the CTBTO Youth Group Research Fellowship program for young nonproliferation experts. CTBTO Executive Secretary Robert Floyd and CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov delivered opening remarks. More info
10 august 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov took part in a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran Kazem Jalali organized by the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. More info
4 august 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov spoke at the 2021 NEREC International Conference on Nuclear Nonproliferation organized by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He participated in panel discussions on global nuclear development and paths towards nuclear risks reduction on the Korean Peninsula. More info
29 july 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS Research Associate Vladislav Chernavskikh presented a discussion paper Applying the JCPOA Experience on the Korean Peninsula' at the 10th meeting of the Russia-US Dialogue on Nuclear Issues, co-organized by the Center for Energy and Security Studies and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. More info
27 july 2021
Moscow, Russia CENESS and the CTBTO Preparatory Commission announced the call for applications for the joint CYG-CENESS Research Fellowship program aimed at young nonproliferation experts. More info
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CENESS in the News

27 july 2021
'The Situation is Strategically Stable (in Russian)'
22 july 2021
'Ryabkov: Russia Hopes the Entire Nuclear Five Confirms the Gorbachev-Reagan Formula (in Russian)'
22 july 2021
'Ryabkov: Russia and the United States Have Already Held Four Rounds of Consultations on Cybersecurity (in Russian)'
16 july 2021
'Kim-Trump Summit in Hanoi Could Have Eliminated 80% of N. Korea's Nuclear Capacity, a Report Says'
8 june 2021
'We Appeal to You to Show Courage and Sense of Urgency (in Russian)'
20 may 2021
'Nuclear Cooperation Shows China, Russia Determined to Tackle Climate Change -- Experts'
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
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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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