Newly Independent States (NIS) / Russia
All CNS nonproliferation content related to Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union.
NIS Nuclear Trafficking Collection
- The collection highlights proliferation-significant cases of nuclear materials diversion. It includes abstracts on all reported instances of trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials in or from the independent states of the former Soviet Union from 1991 to 2012. The most detailed converage provided is for the years 2005 to 2012. As of December 2012, this resource is no longer being updated.
Posted: November 12, 2012
The Soviet Biological Weapons Program—a History
Posted: May 31, 2012
Take Russia to 'task' on bioweapons transparency
Posted: April 18, 2012
Taking Down Damascus in Moscow
Posted: February 9, 2012
[in Russian] Elena Sokova quoted by Deutsche Welle
Posted: February 3, 2012
[in Russian] Nikolai Sokov quoted by Kommersant
Posted: January 19, 2012
Sweeping Up Dirty Bombs - A Shift From Normative to Pro-Active Measures
Posted: September 20, 2011
Bringing Belarus Back to the Table
- Belarus is using its stock of highly enriched uranium as political leverage; how can Washington persuade Minsk to let go of its HEU?
Posted: December 15, 2010
Video | Seminar
Smuggling in Radiological and Nuclear Materials via Georgia
- Alexandre Kukhianidze, CNS Visiting Fellow.
Posted: December 1, 2010
Belarus Agrees to Remove All HEU
- Belarus plans to eliminate its highly enriched uranium (HEU) stocks (believed to be over 170 kg) prior to the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Korea.
Posted: November 10, 2010
Video | Seminar
The Future of U.S.-Russia Arms Control
- Ambassador Linton Brooks discusses the future of U.S.-Russia arms control.
Posted: October 28, 2010
Video | Interview
President Chavez's Deal to Acquire Russian Nuclear Reactors [In Spanish]
- Miles Pomper was interviewed on "Foro Interamericano" on VOA-TV.
Updated: May 11, 2010
Reducing and Regulating Tactical (Nonstrategic) Nuclear Weapons in Europe: Moving Forward?
Posted: April 16, 2010
Russia's Lukewarm Support for International Sanctions against Iran: History and Motivations
- Cole Harvey and Richard Sabatini, an issue brief for the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
Posted: April 12, 2010
- A newsletter devoted to nonproliferation/disarmament activities of Europe-based international organizations.
Posted: March 30, 2010
START Follow-On Treaty: Advancing Nuclear Disarmament Beyond U.S., Russia
- Alexander Bollfrass and Johan Bergenäs, for World Politics Review.
Posted: March 25, 2010
START Follow-On Talks Successfully Concluded: What's Next?
- Conclusion of the Treaty of Prague is, without doubt, a success,
slight delay notwithstanding. Now Obama and Medvedev need to outline the
contours of the next treaty — perhaps as early as at the 2010 NPT Review
Posted: February 5, 2010
The New, 2010 Russian Military Doctrine: The Nuclear Angle
- Contrary to expectations, the new Russian Military Doctrine reduces reliance on nuclear weapons.
Posted: January 19, 2010
The Low-Enriched Uranium Fuel Reserve at Angarsk
- Cole J. Harvey, an issue brief for the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
Posted: January 19, 2010
OPINION - A View from Moscow
START Follow On Treaty: Deadlines and Deadlocks
- Prospects for a new strategic arms control agreement between the United States and Russia may be hampered by domestic politics in both countries.
Posted: December 4, 2009
Breaking the U.S.-Russian Deadlock on Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons
Posted: August 31, 2009
Prospects for Reducing U.S. and Russian Non Strategic Nuclear Weapons
- Speaker Miles Pomper, CNS Senior Research Associate
- August 25, 2009, Monterey, CA
Posted: July 10, 2009
Obama's Moscow Visit Highlights Progress and Obstacles in U.S.-Russian Nuclear Relations
- Meeting in Moscow July 6-7, U.S. President Obama and Russian President Medvedev agreed on a framework to guide negotiators in striking a new strategic arms agreement.
Posted: July 6, 2009
VIDEO | Only Presidents Can Push START Through
- The absolute key to a successful negotiation is presidential intervention.
VIDEO | Obama is Serious About Disarmament
- Obama's upcoming visit to Moscow could likely result in an agreement between Moscow and Washington.
Posted: June 17, 2009
START Process and Russian Strategic Force Modernization
- Washington and Moscow are committed to an agreement that includes verification and additional reductions, but the degree of reductions remains unknown.
Posted: June 8, 2009
VIDEO | Engaging China and Russia on Nuclear Disarmament
- Potential roadblocks to success and how nuclear weapons fit into their national grand strategies.
Posted: May 18, 2009
VIDEO | Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe
- An overview of NATO's nuclear sharing agreements, historical overview, a look at their role today and if that could change.
Eastern Europe's Nuclear Dilemma
- To join the EU, several states agreed to phase out Soviet-era nuclear reactors, becoming more dependent on Russian natural gas supplies.
Posted: April 17, 2009
VIDEO | New Speaker Video Added to NukeTube
- The Future of US-Russian Arms Control with
Dr. Alexander Pikayev Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russia.
Posted: March 27, 2009
Engaging China and Russia on Nuclear Disarmament
- This new Occasional Paper analyzes the prevailing perspectives, bureaucratic players, & politics and provides recommendations on how to engage Beijing and Moscow on "the road to zero."
A Feature Story, Cristina Hansell and William C. Potter, Editors.
Posted: February 20, 2009
Following Fatal Disaster, Russia Still Considering Submarine's Lease to India
- An article by Anya Loukianova for WMD Insights.
Posted: February 18, 2009
New Speaker Video Added to NukeTube
Consolidation of Fissile Materials in Russia's Nuclear Complex with Pavel Podvig, Research Associate and Acting Associate Director for Research, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University.
Posted: January 27, 2009
NATO's Double Standards Make for a Hollow Alliance
An article by Alexander Melikishvili for YaleGlobal Online.
Posted: December 19, 2008
CNS Conducts Seminar on Radiological Source Security in Georgia
- On November 20-21, 2008, an international seminar was conducted by CNS, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
A Feature Story by Margarita Sevcik.
Posted: December 11, 2008
Central Asia Becomes A Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone
- Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty ratification represents a nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation milestone.
A Feature Story by William C. Potter,
Togzhan Kassenova, and
Posted: November 21, 2008
The International Uranium Enrichment Center at Angarsk: A Step Towards Assured Fuel Supply?
- An updated issue brief by Anya Loukianova for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).
Posted: September 8, 2008
Let's Talk About World War III
- an op-ed by Nikolai Sokov for the Asia Times, August 26, 2008.
Posted: January 14, 2008
Reykjavik Summit: The Legacy and a Lesson for the Future
- An issue brief by Nikolai Sokov for the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
Updated: January 3, 2008
The Soviet Anti-Plague System
- A report by Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley, Alexander Melikishvili, and Raymond A. Zilinskas on the history of the AP system, covering the period from the late 19th century to 1992, including its accomplishments, organization, work programs, and responsibilities.
Posted: December 6, 2007
Russian Military is Working to Enhance Precision Targeting and Early Warning Capabilities
- An article by Nikolai Sokov for WMD Insights.
Posted: October 8, 2007
Russian Strategic Aviation Begins Regular Long-Range Flights: Putin Announces "Enhanced Air Patrols"
- an article by Nikolai Sokov for WMD Insights.
Posted: October 5, 2007
CNS Researcher Speaks on Nuclear Terrorism at Russian Duma
- On September 27, an international seminar on Countering Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism was held at the Russian State Duma. CNS researcher Cristina Chuen provides an overview of the presentations and recommendations made at the event.
A CNS Feature Story by Cristina Chuen.
Posted: June 1, 2007
Russia Tests a New Ground-Launched Cruise Missile and a New Strategic Missile on the Same Day
- On May 29, 2007 Russia tested two new missiles, immediately igniting considerable controversy and speculation. The tests were advertised as a response to Eastern European missile defense but are they?
A CNS Feature Story by Nikolai Sokov.
Posted: May 24, 2007
Russian Nuclear-Powered Submarine Dismantlement and Related Activities: A Critique
- A look at the development of the Strategic Master Plan for Northwest Russia (SMP), examining the perspectives that are informing
the choice of project priorities, transparency issues, coordination, timing, and cost-effectiveness.
A CNS Feature Story by Cristina Hansell Chuen.
Posted: May 22, 2007
Russian Nuclear Industry Reforms: Consolidation and Expansion
- On April 27, 2007, the Russian president signed a decree ordering the creation of Atomenergoprom, an integrated corporation that will be the basis for the consolidation of Russia's nuclear industry, as well as expansion plans both at home and abroad.
A CNS Feature Story by Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova.
Posted: December 2006
[RUSSIAN] The Process of Nuclear Arms
Reduction and Arms Control in US-Russian Relations [PDF format]
- A monograph published in Russia by A. Dyakov, Yevgeni Myasnikov, and Nikolai Sokov. [In Russian]
Updated: September 8, 2006
Central Asian States Establish Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone Despite U.S. Opposition
- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan signed a treaty establishing a Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone on September 8, 2006. While not perfect, the treaty merits support as a commitment to nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.
A CNS Feature Story by Scott Parrish and William Potter.
Posted: July 26, 2006
CNS Analysis of the Russian Government's White Paper on WMD Nonproliferation
- For the first time in over a decade, the Russian government has published a White Paper on Nonproliferation, which seeks to present a detailed overview of Russia's policy and initiatives in that area.
A CNS Feature Story by Nikolai Sokov.
Posted: July 20, 2006
The Russian Federation and Nonproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Delivery Systems: Threats, Assessments, Problems and Solutions
- CNS translation of a Russian government white paper on nonproliferation policy.
Posted: July 18, 2006
Preventing the Next Chernobyl: The Item Missing from the St. Petersburg Summit
- A CNS opinion piece by Dr. William Potter.
Posted: February 23, 2006
An Alleged "Nuclear Device" in Western Kazakhstan Is a Non-nuclear Installation
- On 14 February 2007, Kazakh parliamentarian Tokhtar Aubakirov announced Kazakhstan still possessed a nuclear explosive device. However, the device is actually a research installation for high-pressure physics experiments.
A CNS Feature Story by Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova.
Posted: February 20, 2006
Two CNS analysts, one from South Africa and one from Russia, give their perspectives on the Iranian nuclear crisis:
- Defusing The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Carrot and Stick Approach
- Jean duPreez examines the potential consequences of the IAEA Board decision to report the issue to the U.N. Security Council, with a particular focus on Iran's reactions, and argues that a diplomatic solution along the lines of the Six-Party talks is needed or the crisis is likely to spiral out of control.
- Prospects of Russian Mediation of the Iranian Nuclear Crisis
- Nikolai Sokov analyzes the Russian position vis-a-vis Iran, and predicts the policies Moscow is likely to adopt under various scenarios.
Posted: November 9, 2005
The Future Shape of Russia's ICBM Force Clarified
- The November 1, 2005 test of a road-mobile Topol-M ICBM with a
maneuverable warhead and new information released simultaneously shed
light on the land leg of the Russian strategic triad.
CNS Feature Story by Nikolai Sokov.
Posted: March 24, 2005
Kyrgyz Government Ousted
- On March 24, 2005, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Bishkek to denounce
election results and demand the resignation of President Askar Akayev. Security forces
withdrew and let the protesters seize the main government building. Kurmanbek Bakiyev, a
former prime minister and one of the key leaders of the political opposition to Akayev,
stated the opposition would maintain order and vowed to hold new elections.
A CNS Feature Story.