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Heather A. Conley, Vladimir Orlov, Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky, Cyrus Newlin, Sergey Semenov and Roksana Gabidullina
The Future of U.S.-Russian Arms Control: Principles of Engagement and New Approaches image

As one of its first security policy decisions, the Biden administration agreed to extend the New START Treaty for five years with no conditions.  The New START Treaty represents one of the last remaining vestiges of international arms control architecture and one of the few areas of potentially prod...

Natalia Romashkina, Dmitry Stefanovich, Alexey Markov

The monograph is devoted to topical issues of international security and strategic stability in the context of accelerated development of information and communication technologies. It justifies the importance of ensuring international information security. The monograph examines the possibility of ...

The Valdai Discussion Club

February 9, 2021.

 

Autonomous weapons are moving from engineering concept to army arsenals all around the world, and reports on their combat use are becoming more frequent. The first surprise about drones is that non-government military groups were the first to use them i...

Surviving in a Deregulated Strategic World image

Russian-American strategic relations are entering uncharted waters with the demise of the arms control regime; rapid technological revolution; the rise of nuclear multipolarity; the asymmetry of the two countries’ positions amid their growing confrontation and an increasing likelihood of military con...

Now when the U.S. presidential elections are over the fate of the START Treaty and nuclear arms control, in general, has become clearer.

The New START treaty is set to expire on February 5, 2021, and only a few months ago there was little doubt that it would be the end of it. The Trump administratio...

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PIR Center Advisory Board

Akhtamzyan, Ildar A. image
  • Affiliation : Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Position : Assistant Professor
  • Expertise :
    Nuclear nonproliferation, historical aspects
    Nuclear power in the Middle East
Biography :

PhD. in Historical Sciences. Graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1979 and since that time has been working for that Institute as a graduate student, lecturer, senior lecturer, associate professor of the History of international relations and foreign policy Department. Author of the first national course on nonproliferation (MGIMO). Participated as a lecturer in the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute. Author of more than 60 publications in Russia and abroad on the history of international relations, arms control and nonproliferation, including two books of collected documents related to these problems. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

Alexandra Kulikova image
  • City : Belgium
  • Expertise :
    Information security
    Cyber security
    International aspects of Internet development
    National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

Alexandra Kulikova has served as Head of Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at ICANN between 2017 and 2020.

She joined ICANN in 2015 as GSE Manager, starting in September 2017 Kulikova led the development and implementation of the ICANN GSE regional projects engaging with various stakeholder groups on a variety of topics regarding the role of ICANN in regional and global internet governance, global DNS security, stability and resiliency issues and DNS industry development.

Prior to ICANN, she ran the research programme on “Global Internet governance and international information security” at PIR Center think-tank. Kulikova sits on the Editorial Board of the Chatham House's Journal of Cyber Policy. She holds an MSc degree (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in media and communication governance and a graduate degree (Hons) from Moscow State Linguistic University in linguistics and intercultural communication.

Antipov, Sergey V. image
  • Affiliation : Associate Professor, Head of Department, Nuclear Safety Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
Biography :

Doctor of Technical Sciences. Head of Department of Nuclear Safety Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences. Formerly, Head Adviser of Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russian Federation. 2004-2006 - Deputy Head of Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russian Federation. 2003-2004 - Deputy Minister of Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation Double winner of the Kurchatov Prize. Author of more than 50 scientific articles and reports. Participant in the Chernobyl cleanup operation. Research interests: nonproliferation, physical protection, accounting and control of nuclear materials, nuclear submarine dismantlement issues within the program the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Scientific coordinator of the Nonproliferation Project in the RRC Kurchatov Institute. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

Arbatov, Alexei G. image
  • Affiliation : Acad., Russian Academy of Sciences, Head, Center for International Security, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Historical Sciences. Head of the Center for International Security at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). Member of the research council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation. Head of the research council department on strategic planning at Security Council of Russian Federation. Member of the Carnegie Moscow Center's research council. Author of many monographs, coauthor of over 30 joint publications, numerous analytical papers, articles and booklets on international security, disarmament, and military policy published in Russia and abroad. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

Baev, Pavel K. image
  • City : Oslo, Norway
  • Affiliation : Prof., Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Biography :

In 1979 graduated from Moscow State University (Political Geography) and worked in a research institute of the USSR Ministry of Defence. After receiving PhD in International Relations from the Institute of USA and Canada (Moscow) in 1988, he worked at the Institute of Europe (Moscow) until October 1992, when he joined PRIO. In 1995-2001 he was a co-editor of Security Dialogue, a quarterly policy-oriented journal produced at PRIO, and in 2000-2004 he was the head of the Foreign and Security Policies program. Author of several books, among them The Russian Army in a Time of Troubles (London: SAGE, 1996). His articles on the Russian military posture, Russian-European relations, peacekeeping and conflict management in Europe appeared in numerous respected academic journals. Dr. Baev also prepares weekly comments for Eurasia Daily Monitor. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2007.

Baranovskiy, Vladimir G. image
  • Affiliation : Acad., Russian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Directorate, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of History. Since 1973 worked for the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) RAS. Since 1998 - Deputy Director of the IMEMO. Full professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Russian MFA. In 1992-1996, manager of a project in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sweden). PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

Barzegar Kayhan image
  • City : Iran, Tehran
  • Affiliation : Director, Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies
  • Position : Director
Biography :

Ph.D.  in International Relations from Islamic Azad University in Tehran. Has a B.S. in Political Science from Tehran University, an M.S. in Political Science from Shahid Beheshti University. 2002-2003 - Post-doctorate Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. 2007-2011 - Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (Project on Managing the Atom/international Security Program). Since 2010 - a Research Associate at the MIT Center for International Studies. Currently - a Director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (IMESS) in Tehran and a faculty member and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University. Participated in numerous international conferences on Iran's regional policy, the politics of Iran’s nuclear program, Iran-U.S. relations, and Iran-Arabs relations. The Editor-in-Chief of Discourse: An Iranian English Quarterly. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2015.

Cirincione, Joseph image
  • City : Washington D.C.
  • Affiliation : President, Ploughshares Fund
Biography :

President of the Ploughshares Fund. Cirincione had previously served as Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, and for eight years as the director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (2007) and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (2006). He is on the adjunct faculty of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he teaches in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has written over 200 articles on defense issues, produced two DVDs on proliferation, appears frequently in the media, and has given over 150 lectures around the world in the past two years. He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia University Press, Spring 2007). He is the co-author of Contain and Engage: A New Strategy for Resolving the Iranian Nuclear Crisis (March 2007), two editions of Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (2005 and 2002), Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (March 2005) and WMD in Iraq, (January 2004). He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is an honors graduate of Boston College and holds a Masters of Science with highest honors from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He is happily married with two children. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2009.


Danilov, Dmitry A. image
  • Affiliation : Head, Department for European Security, Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Biography :

Ph.D. in Economics, Professor. Graduated from Moscow State University in 1982. Prior to 1988 - Senior Researcher at the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. He is a member of PIR Center Advisory Board. Author of over 150 publications. Fluent in French and English. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2011.


Dhanapala, Jayantha image
  • City : Sri Lanka
  • Affiliation : Member, Supervisory Council, International Luxembourg Forum
Biography :

Before 2007 he was a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs and a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the USA and to the UN Office in Geneva. He is a member of the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). As a Sri Lankan diplomat Dhanapala served in London, Beijing, Washington D.C., New Delhi, and Geneva and he has represented Sri Lanka at a number of international conferences chairing several of them including the historic NPT Review and Extension Conference of 1995. Dhanapala is also a former Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. Jayantha Dhanapala is a member of the Board of Sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and a governing board member of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Dr. Dhanapala was Sri Lanka's official candidate for the post of Secretary-General of the United Nations, before withdrawing from the race on 29 September 2006. From 2007 - President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

Dvorkin, Vladimir Z. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : Professor, Major General (retired), Chief Research Associate, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Professor. Major General (Ret.), Doctor of Technical Sciences, a top military expert, General Dvorkin was one of the main authors of the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces and Strategic Missile Forces policy documents. He participated as an expert in the preparation of the SALT II, INF, START I, and START II treaties for many years, and made a noticeable contribution to the formation of the Soviet and Russian position at the negotiations on the limitation and reduction of strategic weapons. He participated in the testing of the first Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines and the first submerged launches of ballistic missiles. He is an active member of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences, the Academy of Military Sciences, the Russian Engineering Academy, the International Engineering Academy, and the Academy of Cosmonautics. He is the author of more than 350 academic papers and numerous articles. His academic interests include missile dismantlement issues, combating terrorism, and nuclear safety and security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2003.

Eggert, Konstantin von image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : Journalist
Biography :

Famous Russian journalist. Before September of 2013 - Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Kommersant FM radio station, before March of 2013 - political observer at the Kommersant FM radio station. He took interviews from numerous politicians including Sergey Lavrov and Vaclav Havel. Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations (London, United Kingdom), member of editorial board of the Carnegie Moscow Center's journal Pro et Contra. Earlier - Head of the BBC Russian service. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2006.

Einhorn, Robert image
  • City : USA
  • Affiliation : Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Biography :

Before joining Brookings in May 2013, served as the U.S. Department of State special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control, a position created by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009. Between 2001 and 2009, was a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where directed the Proliferation Prevention Program. Prior to joining CSIS, was assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation from 1999 to 2001, deputy assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs from 1992 to 1999, and a member of the State Department policy planning staff from 1986 to 1992. Between 1972 and 1986, held various positions at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), including as ACDA’s representative to the strategic arms reduction talks with the Soviet Union. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2007. 

Eleukenov, Dastan S. image
  • City : Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • Affiliation : Dr., Director, International Security Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Biography :

Candidate of Physics and Mathematics. Formerly, Director of the Kazakhstan branch, Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

Fedorov Alexander Valentinovich image
  • City : Moscow
  • Expertise :
    Information security
Biography :

Alexander has a Ph.D. in Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Following his studies at Moscow State University, he worked in various government agencies, where he worked on disarmament and WMD nonproliferation issues. More recently he has been actively studying and working on international and information security. He is the editor and co-author of the monographs Information Challenges in National and International Security and Superterrorism: New Challenge for a New CenturyPIR Center Advisory Board member since 2001. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012. 

Fedorov, Valery V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : VCIOM
  • Position : Director General, Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM)
Biography :

Doctor of Political Science. Valery Fedorov was born in 1974. Graduated from Moscow State University (Department of Philosophy). Holds a PhD in Political Science from MSU (2008) with an emphasis on History and Theory of Political Science. Worked in the Institute of Mass Political Movements at the Russian-American University (1991-93), the Centre for Political Trends (1993-2003), Institute of Social and Political Research of the Russian Academy of Science (ISPI RAN) (1997-2003), Centre for Social Information ISPI RAN (2003-2006). Since September 2003 has been Director General of the VCIOM, where he also heads Expert Council. Valery Fedorov is the member of VCIOM Board of Directors (since 2006). He is also the Chief Editor of the "Monitoring. Social and Economic Changes" scientific journal (since 2003). In 2008 Valery Fedorov was awarded the Medal of the Order of Merit for Motherland II class. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2011.

Feoktistov Dmitry, V. image
  • City : Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Position : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Argentina
Biography :

Ph.D. in History. Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990. From 1993 to1996 served as the Second Secretary at the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. From 1996 to 2000 – First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN. From 2000 to 2004 – First Secretary, Counselor of the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. From 2004 to 2010 – Counselor, Senior Counselor and Head of the Political Office at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN. In May-September 2010 served as Head of the Counter-Terrorism Department of the Department on New Challenges and Threats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Argentina since 2018. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2012.

Gabuev, Alexander T. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Head, Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program, Carnegie Moscow Center
Biography :

MA in Chinese History. Graduated from Moscow State University (2009). MA in Stock Markets and Investments, Higher School of Economics (2013). Started his career at Kommersant daily newspaper in 2007 working as a senior diplomatic reporter, covered Russia’s relations with Asian powers and the connection between Russian business interests and foreign policy. Was a member of Dmitry Medvedev’s president press corps. Was deputy foreign editor at Kommersant and a member of the editorial board of the Kommersant publishing house2012-2014 – deputy editor in chief, Kommersant-Vlast magazine. Was a nonresident visiting research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), a lecturer on Chinese energy policy and political culture at the Moscow State University. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2015.

Gottemoeller, Rose image
  • City : США
  • Affiliation : Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the CNS; Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the CISAC; Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Biography :

Rose Gottemoeller was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, on April 6, 2009. She was the chief negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation. Since 2000, she had been with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She most recently was a senior associate in the Carnegie Russia & Eurasia Program in Washington, D.C., where she worked on U.S.–Russian relations and nuclear security and stability. She also served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from January 2006 – December 2008. Before joining the Endowment in October 2000, Ms. Gottemoeller was deputy undersecretary for defense nuclear nonproliferation in the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously, she served as the department's assistant secretary for nonproliferation and national security, with responsibility for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States. In 1994-1997, deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, United Kingdom). In 1993-1994, director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs of the U.S. National Security Council. Research interests: nuclear nonproliferation and strategic security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

Ji, Zhiye image
  • City : Beijing, Moscow
  • Affiliation : President, Chinese Academy of Contemporary International Relations
Biography :

Permanent member of China's Society for Eastern European and Central Asian Studies, advisor on international issues at the information center of Central Television of China. Director of Institute of Russian Studies, China. Main areas of activity including organization and leading of a number of state research projects. Author of numerous books and articles, including “General Structure of Global Strategy”, “Assessment of International Strategy and Security Situation”, “Shanghai Organization of Cooperation”, “Russia's Think-Tanks” and others. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2007.

Johnson, Rebecca image
  • City : London, UK
  • Affiliation : Founding Director, Acronym Institute
Biography :

PhD.  With a background in physics, an MA in Far Eastern studies and a PhD in international relations, she has monitored treaty developments, including the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) from 1994 to the present. With a varied background that has included grassroots activism, campaign organising and consultancy work for the United Nations, the European Union and other government bodies, she was senior advisor for the International WMD (Blix) Commission 2004-06 and is currently Vice Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). She also serves as a special advisor to various international organisations.The United Nations in May 2009 published her book on civil society and government strategies to achieve the CTBT, titled Unfinished Business. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

Kalinina, Natalia I. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Senior Researcher, Center for International Security, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO
Biography :

Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor. One of the leading experts in the field of chemical and biological disarmament. Experienced scientist, auditor, multilateral person, whose reasearches in biologics, chemistry, policy, economy are of invaluable contribution to the science and for further reasearch perspectives.  From 1994 to 2007 worked for central organs of political departments of the Russian Federation, including the post of Assistant to the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation in 2003-2004. and Deputy head of the inspection of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation in 2005-2007. 

Kibaroglu Mustafa image
  • City : Istanbul, Turkey
  • Affiliation : Dean, MEF University; Chairman, BiLGESAM
  • Expertise :
    Nuclear nonproliferation, historical aspects
    Political and military aspects of international security
    Iranian nuclear program
    Tactical nuclear weapons in Europe
    Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
    Middle East
    Nuclear disarmament
Biography :

Prof. Kibaroglu used to teach courses on “Arms Control & Disarmament” and “Turkish Foreign Policy” in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara from 1997 to 2011. Prof. Kibaroglu was a Research Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva (1995); International Atomic Energy Agency Fellow at the University of Southampton (1996); Post-doctoral Fellow at the Monterey Institute in California (1996/97); and Sabbatical Fellow at the Belfer Center of Harvard University (2004/05). Prof. Kibaroglu is the co-author of Global Security Watch – Turkey (2009) by Praegers in the United States, and the co-editor of Defence Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism (2010), Bioterrorism: Threats and Deterrents (2010), Responses to Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism (2011), Defence Against Terrorism (2011), and Analysis and Strategies to Counter the Terrorism Threat (2011) by IOS Press in Netherlands. He is also the author and co-author of numerous chapters in books as well as articles in academic journals, such as Security Dialogue, Nonproliferation Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Journal, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, and Middle East Policy. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2013. A faculty member in the Department of Political Science and International Relations in the MEF University (Istanbul) since July, 2014. 07/14

Kirichenko, Elina V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Senior Researcher, North America Research Center, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Doctor of Economics. Member of the IMEMO Academic Council and the editorial board of the journal Mirovaya Economika i Mezhdunarodniye Otnosheniya. Research interests: globalization, nonproliferation of WMD, export control policy. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

Kortunov, Andrey V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Director General, Russian International Affairs Council
Biography :

Doctor of History. PIR Center Advisory Board member. Graduated from Moscow State University of Foreign Affairs in 1979. In 1982 - 1995 - Junior research associate, then Senior research associate, the Head of Department 1995-1997 - Deputy Direcrtor, The Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, RAS. Scientific interests - international relations, donestic and international policy of Russia, Russian-Anerican relations. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2003. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010.

Kovchegin Dmitry image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Independent consultan
  • Expertise :
    Nuclear safety
Biography :

Graduated from the Moscow Engeneering and Physics Institute, program on security, accounting and controls of nuclear materials and nonproliferation. 1999 - intern at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). Worked as a Research Fellow at PIR Center (1999-2002) and the Belfer center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Since 2004 supports implementation of multiple nuclear security cooperation programs in Russia and other FSU countries as a consultant in the Moscow office of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. and as independent consultant since 2013. Member of PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Cooperation in Mass Destruction Weapon Nonproliferation and Physical Nuclear Safety (2012-2015). Member of PIR Center Advisory Board since 2015.

Kozhokin, Evgeny M. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Vice-Rector for Research, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

Doctor of History. Since 1994 he served as the Director of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies (RISS). He has also been a Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation from February 2009 to July 2010. MGIMO Professor since September, 2014. MGIMO Vice-Rector for research since April, 2015. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2010.

Krasnov, Alexey B. image
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Member of the Advisory Board
Biography :

Corresponding member of the Tsiolkovsky Academy of Cosmonautics. Executive secretary of the Space Committee, Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation with the U.S. Participant in negotiations with NASA on the Mir-Shuttle program, cooperation agreements with the U.S., ESA, Japan, intergovernmental agreements on ISS. Head of the Russian Space Agency’s Manned Space Flight Programs since 2004 till 2015. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2003.

Kuchinov, Vladimir P. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Member of the Central Board, Nuclear Society of Russia
  • Expertise :
    Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
    Nuclear energy sector
    Nuclear safety
Biography :

In 2008-2018 - Advisor to the Director General, Rosatom State Corporation for Atomic Energy. In 1998-2002 - Deputy Head, since 2002 - Head of the Department of International and Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Atomic Energy and the Federal Agency for Atomic Energy. In 2004-2008 Head of the section for International cooperation of Federal Agency on Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation. In 1991-1994 - Advisor to the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna. Employee of the IAEA in 1980-1985 and in 1994-1998. In 1969 he graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute as an engineer-physicist. 

Ladygin, Fedor I. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Colonel General, Deputy Chairman, Union of Military Intelligence Veterans
Biography :

Colonel-General (ret.), Advisory Board member. Formerly he was an Adviser of the Global Consulting Group. For more than 40 years, worked in the Soviet/Russian Armed Forces' agencies. In 1992-1997, chief of the Main Intelligence Administration (GRU) of the RF Armed Forces General Staff. In 1990-1992, he participated, as the chief of the International Treaties Department of the Armed Forces General Staff, in the preparation of treaties and agreements in the area of arms control and disarmament, including: START-I; Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty; Open Skies Treaty; Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

Lebedev, Vladimir V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Adviser to the Mayor of Moscow
Biography :

PhD in history. State Councillor of Russian Federation, 3rd class. In 1980, graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). In 1985, defended his PhD thesis on the topic "Social practices in the activities of the impact of US diplomacy". 1981-1996  served at the Central Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and on missions abroad. 1996-1998  worked in the Presidential Administration, the last position held — Assistant Secretary on Foreign Affairs of the Russian Security Council. 1979-1981 — fellow of The Center for International Studies at MGIMO. 1998-1999  Deputy Director of the Center for Russia's national security at the Moscow State University. Since 1999 works at the Moscow government. 2000-2013  Deputy Head of Department of International Relations of Moscow, Deputy Head of the Department for External Economies and International Relations of Moscow. Since 2013  Advisor to the Mayor of Moscow. In 2013, became a director of the Moscow Compatriot House. Author of several papers on theory and history of international relations. Author of the Encyclopedia of protocol and etiquette. Research interests: the settlement of conflicts and crises; Russian national security; theory and practice of foreign policy and diplomacy. Member of the Advisory Board of the PIR Center since 2000. Advisor to the Mayor of Moscow; director of the Moscow House of Compatriots.

Lewis, Patricia image
  • City : London, UK
  • Affiliation : Research Director, Chatham House
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Dr. Lewis served as Deputy Director and Scientist-in-Residence at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Before she for ten years worked as the Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva, Switzerland. She also previously was the Director of VERTIC, the Verification Research and Training Centre in London, UK. A dual national of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Dr. Lewis holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Nuclear Structure Physics from the University of Birmingham. Dr. Lewis has lectured in Physics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, from where she also carried out research at the Australian National University in Canberra, and as a visiting lecturer at Imperial College London. She has also worked as a volunteer at the Rehabilitation Centres for Children, and at the Thakurpukur Cancer Centre in Kolkata, India. Dr. Lewis has published and spoken widely on aspects of science, verification, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

Lukatsky, Alexey V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Сisco Systems
  • Position : Business Consultant on Information Security
  • Expertise :
    Information security
Biography :

In 1996, Alexey Lukatsky graduated from Moscow Institute of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation (MIREA) in "Applied Mathematics" (specialty - "Information Security"). He is a member of the Central Bank working group on developing security standards for the National Payment System (NPS) (382-П). Lukatsky is a member of Subcommittee 1 (“Protection of Information in the Credit and Financial Sphere”) of Technical Committee 122 “Standardization of Financial Services,” a member of Subcommittee 127 (“Methods and Means of Providing IT Security”) of Technical Committee 22 “Information Technology” and a member of Technical Committee 362 “Information Protection” (also part of the Federal Service for Technical and Export Controls) in the Federal Agency for Technique Regulation and Metrology. Member of the Advisory Board on the protection of personal data subjects’ rights in Roskomnadzor. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. 07/14

Lukyanov, Fedor A. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Chairman, Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy
Biography :

Chairman of the Presidium of Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, member of Presidential Council on Human Rights and Civic Society Institutions. Worked as a correspondent, commentator and editor for numerous Russian printed and electronic media, he is an international columnist with the Vedomosti and Kommersant daily, and Gazeta.ru online source; leading national radio stations and TV channels. His monthly “Policy line” column appears in The Moscow Times and “Geopolitics” column in Russian edition of Forbes magazine. As commentator of Russian foreign policy he is widely contributing to the most influential media in the U.S., Europe and China. Graduated from Moscow State University 1991 and holds a degree in Germanic Languages. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2010.

Lysenko, Mikhail N. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (retired), Associate Professor, International Law Department, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Position : Associate Professor
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. From 2008 to 2014 Mikhail Lysenko was Head of International Relations Department at Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation. Previously, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the New Zealand (2004-2008). In 2000-2004 held the position of Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament. Was in diplomatic service from 1977 to 2008, has worked at the Soviet Embassies and Russian Embassies in the U.S., Canada and the New Zealand. In 1977 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Candidate of Law. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

Malov, Andrey Yu. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Associate Professor, International and National Security Department, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

PhD in History. Graduated from Maurice Thorez Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages. Worked at the Committee of the Soviet Youth Organizations. In 1991-1994  a researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Economic Strategies, Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1992 – a visiting scholar in Western International University (Phoenix, Arizona). Serves at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1994. Participated in the OSCE activities in Nagorny Karabakh (1994-1996) and Bosnia and Herzegowina (1996-1998). Works on arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament issues at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1998. Participated in the negotiations on multilateral disarmament.

Margelov, Mikhail V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Vice-President, Joint-Stock Company Transneft
Biography :

In 2014 Mikhail Margelov was appointed Vice President of Transneft, JSC. Representative of the Pskov Region Administration to the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly. In the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), he is a member of the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee), the Political Affairs Committee and the Sub-Committee on the Middle East. In March 2011 Mikhail Margelov has been appointed as Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on the cooperation with African countries. From December 2008 until March 2011 he served as the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Fedration on Sudan. Until 2005 Mikhail Margelov was the Vice-Chairman of the PACE. Before 2000 - the head of the group of political observers of Russian Information Agency Vesti. In 1986 graduated from Moscow State University. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

Medrish, Mikhail A. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Business Development Director, JSC AMT-Group
  • Expertise :
    Cyber security
Biography :

One of the most authoritative members of the Russian Internet community. Was the technical leader of the first Russian project of mass broadband Internet access services and IP TV. 1995-2000 — headed the Internet project of the Combellga Internet provider, which was in Russia’s top ten in terms of revenue at the time. 2001-2003 — technical director of MTU-Intel. At the same time headed the technical service of Russia’s first project on granting broadband Internet access using ADSL technology (later known as Stream). Organized Russia’s first IP TV testing (later known as Stream TV). 2004-2005 — Deputy General Director, ROSNET. 2006-2011 — technical director of Akado-Stolitsa, Russia’s largest operator in the market of the B2C services for the Internet and cable digital television, with an audience of up to one million people. 2001-2010 — a member of the Coordination Center for TLD RU Board. Took an active part in the drafting of Russia’s first Internet normative documents on data transmission and telematics and the elaboration of technical requirements to LESS online. Since 2014 head Internet Support Foundation. A member of the Council of Europe's Committee of experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom. A member of PIR Center Advisory Board since 2015.

Miasnikov, Evgeny V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Lecturer, General Physics Department, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Biography :

Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Eugene Miasnikov was graduated from the Department of Aerophysics and Space Research of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in 1985. In 1989 he got his Ph. Degree in Physics from MIPT. His dissertation was devoted to the problem of polarized laser light propagation in ocean water. Subsequently, until the end of 1991, he worked in the Scientific Production Association "ELAS" (Zelenograd) as an expert in remote sensing of the ocean from airborne and space platforms. In 1992, Eugene was a visiting fellow at the Defense and Arms Control Studies Program (currently, Security Studies Program) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied current state-of-the-art of submarine detection and its impact on strategic stability in the world. Since 1992 Evgene Miasnikov has been working in the Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies, and an active participant of the Center's research projects. In 2011 Eugene was elected the Director of the Center. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2011. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2013.

Mostinskiy, Sergey B. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Advisor, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations, Vienna, Austria (2016-2018
Biography :

Ph.D. In 1975, graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute, specializing on “aircraft engineering”. In 1981, graduated from research degree from Moscow Aviation Institute. 1975-1983, after graduation worked as an engineer, Junior Engineer, senior Research Fellow in the “aircraft engineering” department at Moscow Aviation Institute. He also was the head of student construction department, Senior Research Fellow, and research manager. In 1983-1992, was outplaced to the All-Union Research Institute of systemic problems of the USSR committee for science and technology and Academy of Science, where he worked as a senior research fellow, head of section, chief deputy, head of department. 1989 –1992, 1996-1998 – expert, advisor of the USSR delegation (since 1990 of Russian delegation) on military security and disarmament issues, Vienna, Austria. 1992 – 1995 – advisor, member of delegate of the Russian Federation in Geneva Conference on restriction of conventional armament,  Geneva, Switzerland. 1998 – 2003 – advisor of the Permanent Representative of Russia to NATO,  Brussels, Belgium. Since 2003 to 2006 – deputy director of Division for International Cooperation and Internationalization of Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor). January – October 2007 – Director of the Department of International Cooperation of TENEX. Since 2008 to 2013 – director of international cooperation department of OJSC "Rusnanotech", director of international cooperation department of OJSC “Rusnano”. Since 2014 – Advisor to President of OJSC “E4 Group”. He speaks English and French fluently. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2015.

Müller, Harald image
  • City : Frankfurt, Germany
  • Affiliation : Senior Researcher, Frankfurt Institute of Peace Problems
Biography :

Dr., Prof., Director of the Peace Research Institute (Frankfurt, Germany). Member of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters of the UN Secretary General. Member of the Advisory Board of the German Federal Security Academy. Professor of the John Hopkins University (Bologna, Italy). Professor of International Relations, University of Frankfurt Research interests: international security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1997.

Murogov Victor M. image
  • City : Obninsk, Russia
  • Affiliation : Chairman, International Union of Veterans of Nuclear Energy and Industry
  • Expertise :
    Nuclear energy sector
    Nuclear safety
    IAEA
Biography :

Professor of State Technical University of Nuclear Power (Obninsk), Chief Scientist of Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Institute (Moscow), Director of Russian Association Nuclear Science and Education (RANSE).Graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Engineering in 1961. In 1989 he received Doctor's degree in Nuclear Physics. From 1996 to 2004 the Deputy General Director of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and represented the Russian Federation in IAEA. During this period he also worked as the Head of Department of Nuclear Energy of IAEA, General Manager of IAEA MP 1 – “Nuclear Power, Fuel Cycle and Nuclear Science”. In 2000-2003 a Project Manager for the NPRO International Project. In 2008 he became the Director of International Center Nuclear Education, MEPhI(Moscow). PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2009.

Mursankov, Sergey G. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Leading specialist, Department of Information & Analysis, Skolkovo Foundation
  • Expertise :
    Military cooperation
    Military-technical cooperation between Russia and other countries
Biography :

Served at various departments and units of the Defense Ministry for about 30 years, on foreign post assignments for almost 10 years. His latest position was in one of the analytical units of the General Staff of the Armed Forces. Over 4 years was a member of the Permanent Delegation of Russia to the Conference on Disarmament, participated in the Russian delegation on the Convention on Certain Weapons and the BTWC. In 2006 - the deputy director of the PIR Center for Development and External Relations. Then worked as deputy director of analytical center, United Aircraft Corporation and as senior consultant on international relations at Department for information-analytical work, Renova Group. Now works as leading specialist at Information-analytical department, Skolkovo Foundation. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2010.

Naumkin Vitaly V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Prof., Acad., Russian Academy of Sciences, Academic Director, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Biography :

PhD in History, Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1968, he graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology of the Institute of Asian and African countries of Moscow State University (later Institute of Oriental Languages), where he specialized in the study of the history of Arab countries and the Arabic language. In 1966-1967, he had an interned at Cairo University and  American University in Cairo (Egypt). In 1968-1970 he served as an officer in the Soviet Army, taught at the Military Institute of Foreign Languages of the Defense Ministry. Since 1972, he began teaching medieval history of the Arab world, Islamic studies and modern political development of the Arab countries in the IAAC MSU. In 1972-1977, worked at the Graduate School of Social Sciences in the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen. Twenty years of his career devoted to the Institute of Oriental Studies under the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he was the Head of Department of the Arab Countries, then served as Deputy Director of the Institute, and throughout 1994-2009 – Head of the Center for Arab Studies. He is also President of a non-profit NGO “Center for Strategic and Political Studies,” Editor-in-chief of the “Vostok/ORIENS” journal, member of the advisory Scientific Council under the Security Council of Russia. He leads the Department of Regional Studies at the Faculty of World Politics at Moscow State University. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2018.

Nikitin, Alexander I. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Director, Center for Political and International Studies
Biography :

Doctor of Political Science, Prof. Full professor of the Political Science department of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), professor of the RF Academy of Military Sciences. Previously, research officer of the Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies of RAS, member of the USSR mission to the UN. Research interests: international security, nuclear disarmament policy, resolution of regional conflicts. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

Parkhalina, Tatiana G. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Deputy Director, Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION); Director, Center for European Security Studies, INION
Biography :

Doctor of History, Advisory Board member Deputy Director of the Center for European Security Studies at the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION), RAS. Editor-in-chief of the analytical bulletin Evropeyskaya Bezopastnost: Sobytiya, Otsenki, Prognozy. Research interests: European security, European integration processes, foreign policy of Russia and Western European countries. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

Ponomarev-Stepnoi, Nikolai N. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Acad., Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
Biography :

Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof., Advisory Board member Academician. Academician Ponomarev-Stepnoi is a leading world specialist in nuclear power units. Born in 1928. In 1952 graduated MEPhI and joined the Kurchatov Institute, where he passed all positions from an engineer to the first deputy director and vice president (1987). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Atomnaya Energiya journal, member of the Editorial Board of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Dr. Ponomarev-Stepnoi is a winner of numerous awards, include the Lenin and the State Prize. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

Potter, William image
  • City : Monterey, US
  • Affiliation : Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Biography :

Doctor, Professor. Member of the international relations division of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Adviser on nonproliferation to the UN Secretary General. Research interests: nonproliferation in the former Soviet Union.

Radchuk, Alexander V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Advisor to the Chief of General Staff, Russian Armed Forces
Biography :

Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2012. Dr., Prof., Advisory Board member. Graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Faculty of Professional Development and Advanced Training of Military Academy of General Staff, Russian Academy of State Service under the President of the Russian Federation. He saw different duties in the Central Institute for Scientific Research of the Russian Defense Ministry. Radchuk Alexander is the author of more than 130 scientific works on the issues of strategic stability, nuclear deterrents. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2009.

Rauf Tariq image
  • City : Vienna, Austria
  • Affiliation : Member, International Advisory Board, International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastroph
Biography :

In 2012-2014 - Principal at Global Nuclear Solutions, Inc. Until 2012 - Head of verification and security policy coordination at the IAEA. Scientific Secretary, IAEA Director General's Expert Group on Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (2004/2005). Director of the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program, at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, from September 1995 until February 2002. Advisor and Non-Proliferation Expert with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada), and to the House Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Parliament of Canada), 1990-2002. Senior Associate at the former Canadian Center for Global Security (the Canadian Center for Arms Control and Disarmament) in Ottawa, 1986-1995. Expert Advisor to the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction, 1995. Consultant with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization since 2018. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2013.

Rogachev, Ilya I. image
  • City : Pretoria, South Africa
  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of South Africa and Kingdom of Lesotho
Biography :

Born in 1962. In 1984 graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Mr. Rogachev has extensive experience in leading positions in the Ministry's central office and abroad. In 2001 -2004 he served as Deputy Director of the Department of New Challenges and Threats Issues. From 2004 untill 2009 Mr. Rogachev served as the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations at the UN Headquarters in New-York. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2011.

Rozhkov Oleg V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Deputy Director, Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

Diploma in International Relations, Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations, USSR (1985). Deputy Director, Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, MFA of the Russian Federation since August 2018, Deputy Governor to the IAEA Board of Governors since October 2018. Career diplomat with the Russian Federation Foreign Service, has the rank of Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, with assignments: 2010-2018 – Director, On-Site Inspection Division, Provisional Technical Secretariat of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization; 2005-2010 - Deputy Director, Department for Disarmament and Security Affairs, MFA of the Russian Federation, Member of the Russian Delegation to the 2005 NPT Review Conference, Deputy Head of the Delegation to 2010 NPT Review Conference; 2004-2005 - Head of Global Partnership Division, Department for Disarmament and Security Affairs, MFA; 2002-2004 - Counsellor, Senior Counsellor (nuclear non-proliferation, CTBT, Global Partnership), Department for Disarmament and Security Affairs, MFA; 1998-2002 - First Secretary (CTBTO PrepCom), Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna; 1994-1998 - Second Secretary, First Secretary, Department for Disarmament and Security Affairs, MFA, Expert of the Russian delegation to the CTBT negotiations in Geneva; 1986-1990 - Attache, USSR Embassy in Myanmar; 1985-1986 - Asst. Attache, South Asia Department, MFA.

Rybachenkov, Vladimir I. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Independent expert
Biography :

Candidate of Technical Sciences, Advisory Board Member Dr. He was a Counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, USA. Advisor of the Department on Disarmament and Security Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2000.

Sachkov, Ilya K. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Director General, Group-IB
  • Expertise :
    Information security
    Cyber security
Biography :

Ilya graduated with honors from the Department of Information Security, Faculty of Informatics and Operating Systems at Bauman Moscow State Technical University. He is the founder of GroupIB, the Russia leader in investigating computer crimes and incidents. He has been the head of the company since 2003. Ilya is a member of a number of international associations, including the International Information Systems Forensics Association (IISFA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and the Honeynet Project. Additionally, Ilya is a board member at the Russian Information Systems Security Professional Association (RISSPA), the RAEC Committee on Cybercrime, State Duma expert committees, the Council of Europe, and the OSCE in cybercrime. He is also a member of the judging panel for the ZUBR Prize (Strengthening Security in Russia). In 2010, he became the first Russian laureate of the Digital Сrimes Consortium’s international conference prize for his contributions to the international exchange of best practices in computer criminal investigations. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. 06/14

Safranchuk, Ivan A. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Associate Professor, Department of World Politics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

PhD in Political Science. 1998 - graduated from MGIMO University of the MFA of Russia. 1997-2001 - a research associate at PIR Center, then PIR Center "Nuclear Arms Control" project director. From 2001 to 2006 served as a head of Moscow office of the Center for Defense Information. Since 2003 he has taught at MGIMO (currently assistant professor of international political processes of MGIMO). Since 2007, publishes "The Great Game: politics, business, security in Central Asia" journal. Author of more than 40 scientific and methodical works in Russian and more than 20 scientific papers in foreign languages, published in Russia, USA, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Norway and Sweden on the Russian-American and Russian-Chinese relations, nuclear policy, nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, European security, Central Asia, Afghanistan, private military companies, and energy.

Satanovsky, Yevgeny Y. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : President, President, The Middle East Institute (MEI)
Biography :

Candidate of Economics, Advisory Board member Founder and President of ARIEL GROUP; President of the Institute for Middle East Studies; Vise-President of the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC); Member of the Russian Society of Friends of Arab States; Member of the Center for Oriental Literature of the Russian National Library; Author of the monographs: Israel in Contemporary World Politics: Probable Strategic Adversaries and Strategic Partners, 2001; The Economy of Israel in the 1990s, 1999; and more than 50 articles published between 1987 and the present in academic collections and periodicals in Russia, Israel, and the US. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2006.

Savel
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Head, Strategic Studies Department, Center for International Security, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2012. Doctor of Economic Sciences, Doctor of Political Sciences. Professor of International Policy Faculty, Moscow State University. The author of more than 70 publications, including “The big five. Arms Control Decision-Making in the Soviet Union”, co-authored with N. Detinov (USA, 1995) and “Political and Military-Strategic Aspects of Start-1 and Start-2 Treaties” (Moscow, IMEMO, 2000). In 1989-1991 participated in Soviet-American START-1 negotiations (Defense and Space Talks) representing the Academy of Sciences as an Adviser to the Soviet Delegation. Dr. Savel'yev is a well-known specialist in the field of Russian-American strategic relations, arms control, nuclear doctrines and strategy, national security and decision-making. Research interests: military economy, international security and arms control. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

Sinaysky, Alexander S. image
  • City : Luanda, Angola
  • Affiliation : Lieutenant General (retired)
Biography :

Lieutenant-General (Retired), PhD Political Sciences, Professor. In the Armed Forces since 1969. In 1973 graduated from the Novosibirsk Higher Military-Political Combined Arms School, in 1981 - Combined Arms Department of the Military Political Academy named after Lenin, in 1984 - postgraduate course, and in 1992 - PhD (Department of International Relations) of the Military Political Academy. In 1993 he graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies (London, UK). He served as deputy company commander of the 2nd Guards Taman Division battalion, taught at the Department of International Relations of the Military Political Academy named after Lenin. He was the head of the Department of the Military University of the Ministry of Defense, Deputy Chief for Academic Affairs and Research of the Military University. Since 1992 Alexander Sergeevich is on the military-diplomatic service. Since 1999 - Secretary of the Council of Defence Ministers of the CIS. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. 07/14

Soltanieh Ali Asghar image
  • City : Tehran, Iran
  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (retired), Advisor to Vice President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran
  • Expertise :
    Nuclear power in the Middle East
    Political and military aspects of international security
    Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
    Iranian nuclear program
    Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Within the last 30 years has been involved as a nuclear physicist and senior diplomat, in the capacity of special envoy, delegate, chief negotiator, and invited speaker, in numerous international events on disarmament and international security. 1980-1990 — Director, Nuclear Research Centre to the Atomic Energy Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran (AEOI). During this period, was also Resident Representative of Iran to the IAEA. 1990-1996 — director of both Education and Manpower Mobilization Department of the AEOI and the Nuclear Engineering Department of the Organization. 1996-1999 — Advisor to the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic and Secretary of the National Authority of the Chemical Weapons Convention. 1999-2002 — Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Iran to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva. A Chief Negotiator for the Additional Protocol to the Biological Weapons Convention. After the end of his mandate became Deputy Director-General for International Political Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran. At the same time — Member of the negotiating team in the talks between Iran and the group EU3 on the Iranian Nuclear Program. 2006-2013 — Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to the IAEA and Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organizations in Vienna, including OPEC and OPEC Fund. During this assignment was a President of the UNIDO Board; Vice President of several annual sessions of the General Conference of IAEA; Chairman of the Asian Group in the UN in Vienna etc. Currently — Advisor to the Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization H. E. Ali Akbar Salehi; Associate Professor in Nuclear Physics, Disarmament and International Security at the Faculties of Science and International Relations in various universities respectively. Published several papers on the topics related with the nuclear energy, nuclear arms control and nonproliferation. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2015.

Squassoni Sharon image
  • City : Washington D.C., US
  • Affiliation : Research Professor, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Biography :

Received B. A. in political science from the State University of New York at Albany, M. A. in public management from the University of Maryland, and M. A. in national security strategy from the National War College. 1992-2001 — served in the executive branch of the U. S. government, worked in the Nonproliferation Bureau and the Political-Military Bureau at the Department of State and in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. 2002-2007 — advised Congress as a senior specialist in weapons of mass destruction at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Library of Congress. 2007-2009 — a senior associate in the Nuclear Policy Program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Since 2010 — Director and Senior Fellow, Proliferation Prevention Program at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Worked briefly as a reporter in the Washington bureau of Newsweek magazine. A member of BulletinScience and Security Board. Was a member of Sustainable Partnership with Russia Group. The recipient of various service awards and a MacArthur fellowship, has published widely, and a frequent commentator for U.S. and international media outlets. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2015.

Sumsky Victor V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Director, ASEAN Center, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2012. Director of the ASEAN Center at the Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations (MGIMO-U), and Chief Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, RAS. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2012. Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2018.

Toloraya Georgy D. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Executive Director, Russian National Committee on BRICS Research
Biography :

Doctor of Economics, Professor. Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Graduated from Moscow State University of Foreign Affairs in 1978. In 1978-1980 and 1984-1987 was a member of USSR trade promotion office in North Korea. In 1980-1990 was a  junior research associate and research associate of the Institute of Economy of World Socialist System of Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Taught in Moscow State University of Foreign Affairs since 1981. In 1990-1991 was an Executive Secretary of the USSR Chamber of Commerce and IndustryUSSR-South Korean Economic Copperation Council in 1990-1991. In 1991-1993 was a Korean Department Manager in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 1993-1998 Minister-Counsellor of the RF Embassy in the Republic of Korea, in 1998-2003 Deputy Director of 1st AsianDepartment of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2003-2007 RF Council-General inSidney, in 2007-2008 Invited Research Fellow of the Brukings Institute, Washington. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2013.

Trenin, Dmitry V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Director, Carnegie Moscow Center
Biography :

Candidate of Historical Sciences. He retired from the Russian Army in 1993. From 1993-1997, Trenin held posts as a Senior Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Europe in Moscow. He served in the Soviet and Russian armed forces from 1972 to 1993, including experience working as a liaison officer in the External Relations Branch of the Group of Soviet Forces (stationed in Potsdam) and as a staff member of the delegation to the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms talks in Geneva from 1985 to 1991. He also taught at the war studies department of the Military Institute from 1986 to 1993. Dmitry Trenin received his Ph.D. from the Institute of the USA and Canada in 1984. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

Trubnikov, Vyacheslav I. image
  • Affiliation : Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Position : Board member, Honorary Member of the Trialogue Club International
Biography :

General of the Army, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Hero of the Russian Federation. In 1967 graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with the Diploma of referent for Eastern countries. Since 1973 Member of the Russian Union of Journalists. Director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service in 1996-2000. First Deputy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in CIS countries in 2000-2004. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to India in 2004-2009. PIR Center Executive Board member since 2014 and Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2012.

Tuzmukhamedov, Bakhtiyar R. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Member, UN Committee Against Torture
Biography :

Professor, honoured jurist of the Russian Federation. Born in 1955, graduated from MGIMO in 1977, from Harvard Law School in 1994. Judge Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov was Counsellor of the Court, Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. Worked as Professor of International Law at the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow of the Russian Foreign Ministry until his appointment  in 2009 as judge of the Tribunal. Dr. Tuzmukhamedov is a Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Moscow Journal of International Law, member of the International Humanitarian Law Institute Council. Earlier he acted as a speaker of The Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament Law of the International Law Association and bacame a member of the Editorial Board, International Review of the Red Cross. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2001.

Ubeev, Aleksey V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Visiting Instructor, Dual Degree Master Program on WMD NonProliferation Studies, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

Candidate of Technical Sciences. Until 2011 he was Deputy director of the Department of international collaboration, the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency. Previously, deputy Head of the Department of External Affairs JSC Atomstroyexport. Graduated from D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology in Russia and Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, holds degree of PhD. Worked as a head of department, pro-rector for scientific research of East-Siberian State Technologic University. Participated in elimination of accident consequences on Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986. From 1994 worked for Russian MFA, headed the sector of IAEA in its Permanent Mission in Russia attached to international organizations in Vienna, former Head of Nuclear Security department, nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and international partnership in peaceful use of atomic energy of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament, MFA of Russia. Participated in development of the important international agreements in the field of nuclear nonproliferation and security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2009. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Cooperation in Mass Destruction Weapon Nonproliferation and Physical Nuclear Safety since 2012.

Vasiliev Victor image
  • City : Rome, Italy
  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Plenipotentiary Representative, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to FAO and other UN Agencies
Biography :

In 1989-1993 served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR (Russia). 1993-1997; 2000-2004  two terms in the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in New York. Last position  Senior Counselor for political affairs (specialization on the Security Council). 2004-2007 — Deputy Director of the Department of International Organizations of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Participated as a member of the Soviet/Russian delegations at various international fora, including NPT Review Conferences in 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010, the UN Disarmament Comission sessions, etc. 2005-2006  a governmental expert in the Group of Governmental Experts on verification in all its aspects. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group. Since September, 2013 — Ambassador-at-large of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since October. 2013 — Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation to the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Since April, 2018 — Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to FAO and other UN agencies in Rome.

Volchinskaya, Elena K. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Associate Professor, Chief Specialist for Information Law, Federal Notary Chamber
  • Expertise :
    Information security
Biography :

Ph.D. in Economics. From 1995-2012, she worked as a staff member for the State Duma Committee on Security, where she was in charge of legislation on information security. Elena participated in the development and polishing of draft legislation in data protection law and information security, including “On Commercial Confidentiality,” “On Personal Data,” “On Electronic Signatures,” and others. In addition to work on legislation, Elena is the author of more than 120 monographs, academic papers, and reports, including The Internet and Transparency (1999, co-authored), Protection of Personal Data: Legal Regulatory Experience (2001), and Development of Legal Groundwork for Information Security (2005, multiple authors). Elena is one of the initiators and supporters of conducting the international forum “Information Security in the Global Information Society” (Infoforum) under the auspices of the State Duma Committee on Security, and she is currently the program director of the Organizing Committee Infoforum. Member of PIR Center Advisory Board Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012. Member of PIR Center Advisory Board since 2015.

Voronkov, Vladimir I. image
  • City : New York, USA
  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nation, Head of the new United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office
Biography :

Before 2011 - Director of Department of European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. In 1975 he graduated from Moscow State University. Since 1989 he works in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, occupying different diplomatic posts in Russia and abroad. In 2000-2002 he was the Minister Counsellor in the Russian Embassy in Poland. In 2002-2005 Vladimir I. Voronkov worked as Deputy Director of Personnel Department (MFA, Russia). In 2005-2008 he performed duties of Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation in OSCE. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2009.

Vorontsov Alexander image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Associate Professor, Head, Korea and Mongolia Department, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • E-mail : [email protected]
Biography :

Holds a PhD in History. He is a senior staff member at the International Center for Korean Studies at Moscow State University and a visiting professor at Osaka University of Economics and Law. From 2000 to 2002, Vorontsov worked at the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang (DPRK). His current research includes contemporary Korean history, Korea in international relations. Vorontsov has participated in a number of international conferences on Korea-related topics and is the author of over 150 publications. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2013.

Yakushev, Michael V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Executive Vice-President for Cooperation with Public Authorities, PJSC VimpelCom
  • Expertise :
    International legal regulation in cybersecurity area
    Information security
    International aspects of Internet development
    Internet identification
    National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

Mikhail is an experienced attorney and specialist in the field of information security. He is the  PayPal IRM Director, earlier - vice president of the Mail.ru Group and previously served as president of the Coordination Center of the Russian Top-Level Domain (RU), DST Advisors Managing Director. Mikhail focuses on information rights issues, including access to information. He has co-authored the drafts of most of Russia's legislation on information technology. Previously, he was employed at Microsoft Russia, where he was responsible for the corporation's cooperation with governmental authorities in Russia and other CIS states. Mikhail represented the Russian Federation in the G8 working group on legal issues, and in 2004, he was a member of the working group on Internet governance established by the U.N. Secretary-General. Mikhail served as the Chair of PIR Center's Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance under the Center's Advisory Board in 2012-2014. 

Yakushkin, Dmitri D. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Communications Director, Russdragmet
Biography :

Renowned expert in mass media, public relations, and democratization of civil society. Experienced journalist and analyst. Has worked in international journalism for more than 20 years, specializing in politics; has worked with leading newspapers and television companies in Russia and abroad. In 1998-2000 served as deputy director of the Russian Presidential Staff and President Boris Yeltsin's press secretary. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. 07.14

Yarnykh, Andrey Yu. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Head of Strategic Projects, Kaspersky Lab
Biography :

An experienced expert in the field of information security. In ICT sector since 1996. Works at Kaspersky Lab since 2001. A board member of the Regional non-governmental organization “Internet technology Center”, an expert on virus detection at Hotline Friendly Runet” and Russian Safer Internet Centre”. Chairs the Commission on Information Security and Cybercrime of the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). A member of PIR Center Advisory Board since 2015.

Yesin, Viktor I. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Colonel General (retired), Senior Researcher, Institute for US and Canadian Studies
  • Expertise :
    START Treaty
    Missile Defense
    Nuclear disarmament
Biography :

Colonel-General (ret.), Candidate of Military Sciences, Prof., PIR Center Advisory Board member. Graduated from the F.E. Dzerzhinski Military Academy and The General Staff Academy of the Armed Forces. In 1959 started working in Military Forces. For over 40 years, worked in the Soviet/Russian Defense Ministry's agencies. In 1998-2002 chief of the Russian Security Council Administration. Formerly, Сhief of the Strategic Missile Forces General Staff. Research interests: reform of armed forces, strategic stability. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

Zagorski, Andrei V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Director, Department of Disarmament and Conflicts Regulation, Center for International Security, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Doctor of History. Leading expert in European security and Russia's relations with NATO and European organizations such as the OSCE, the EU, and the Council of Europe. Also specializes in post-Soviet studies, arms control, and Russian foreign policy. Participated as an expert of Soviet delegations at several meetings held under the framework of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). Was there at the beginning of independent, non-governmental research in the area of weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation and arms control in Russia. Active in research, consulting, and teaching; associate dean for research at the Russian Foreign Ministry's Moscow State Institute of International Relations 1992-1999. Author of more than 200 publications that have come out both in Russia and abroad. Very experienced publisher and editor. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. 07/14

Zulkharneev, Albert F. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Advisor to Director
  • Expertise :
    Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
    Foreign policy of the Russian Federation
    International security policy of the Russian Federation
    Сivil and expert diplomacy
  • E-mail : [email protected]
Biography :

Deputy Head of the Projects’ Department at Executive Office of the All-Russia People's Front (ONF) since November 2019. In 2007 – 2019 member of staff in PIR Center. PIR Center Education and Training Program Director, PIR Center Executive Director in 2013-2015. PIR Center Director in 2015-2019. Consultant to PIR Center since October 2019. In 2015 – 2020 Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Graduated from PhD studies at the Faculty of World Politics and World Economy of the National Research University - Higher School of Economics. In 2008 graduated with Master degree from the International Relations Department of the Ural State University and got Master degree in History from Central European University (2007, Budapest, Hungary). In 2003-2005 participated in international courses of Farsi language and literature. In August - December 2011 scholar of the Program for teaching and research at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.  Participant of sessions of the Preparatory Committee for the NPT Review Conference 2012-2013 and 2017 - 2020 and the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The organizer of the PIR Center International School on Global Security, the programs for improving professional skills of Central Asian specialists, the course on global security of the international session of the youth forum "Seliger",  the joint educational course of the PIR Center and MGIMO "nonproliferation of WMD" and a Dual Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies (MGIMO - Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey - PIR Center). Member of PIR Center Advisory Board. 01/21

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