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What could be the starting points for re-launching conventional arms control (CAC) in Central Europe? Evgeny Buzhinskiy, Chairman of the PIR Center’s Executive Board and Chairman of the Trialogue Club International, former head of the International Treaty Directorate at the Russian Ministry of Defen...

The current crisis around Qatar formally began on June 5 when the Persian Gulf monarchies led by Saudi Arabia, as well as Egypt and a number of other states declared a diplomatic blockade and imposed sanctions against Doha. Its development has already led to the formation of a (situational) bipolar ...

In the title, itself, we have the answer, if there is some logic in what is going on that means it is good. Of course, logic in the activities of Russia but not in the situation itself. The situation is not logical at all. I am going to be brief because it is a huge region, and everything is evolvin...

In this issue of Russia Confidential, we continue our review of highlights of the 4th Moscow Conference on International Security attended by leading security experts, military specialists, and decision-makers from 86 countries.
The focus of this issue is on information security - which was for the f...

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PIR Center Expertise for Media

Baklitskiy, Andrey A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Research Fellow of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Expertise :
Nuclear power in the Middle East
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Middle East
Biography :

Graduated from the Faculty of the International Relations of the Urals Federal University. Holds specialist degree in regional studies and simultaneous interpreter diploma. In the years 2008-2009 took a course at the University of Seville (Spain). PIR Center intern in May-July, 2011. In 2011-2013 PIR Center Internet Project Director, Information Program Director since 2013. In 2014-2017 PIR Center "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director. Took part in the sessions of the NPT Preparatory Committee in 2013-2014. Editor of PIR Center White Paper "Ten Steps toward a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East". The sphere of scientific interest includes international security, bigger Middle East, nuclear energy sector and nonproliferation.  09/17

Buzhinskiy, Evgeny P. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Chairman of the Executive Board; Chairman of the "Trialogue" Club International
Expertise :
Political and military aspects of international security
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Military cooperation
Russia-NATO relations
START Treaty
Missile Defense
Military Use of the Outer Space
European security
Biography :

Lieutenant-General (Retired), Ph.D. Military Sciences. In the Armed Services since 1968. Graduated from the Military Institute, M.V. Frunze Military academy. 1976-1992 – served in different positions as officer of the General Staff. From 1992 to 2009 – served in positions of: Senior Officer, Deputy Head of Direction, Head of Direction, Deputy Head of Department, Head of Department of the International Treaty Directorate of the Main Department of International Military Cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Defense. In 2002 he was appointed on the position of Head of the International Treaty Directorate – Deputy Head of the Main Department of International Military Cooperation of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. In 2009-2015 - PIR Center Consultant, then Senior vice-president. PIR Center's Chairman of the Executive Board since 2014. Lecturer of International School on Global Security since 2010, lecturer of PIR Center and MGIMO University Joint Module “WMD Nonproliferation and International Security” since 2013. Deputy CEO of "Vega Radio Engineering Corporation" since 2009. CEO Advisor of "Vega Radio Engineering Corporation" since 2017. Member of Russian International Affairs Council. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group and PIR Center International Expert Group. 06/17

Demidov Oleg V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
International legal regulation in cybersecurity area
Social media
Cyber security
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

Oleg Demidov graduated from the School of Public Administration at Moscow State University of Lomonosov in 2010. Currently, Oleg has been working on his Ph.D thesis at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University). In 2011-2012, he held the position of Project Coordinator at Center for Political and International Studies (CPIS) under the International Federation for Peace and Conciliation. Since 2012, he has served as an expert to the Commission on Information Security and Cybercrime at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). In 2013-2014, he held the position of Director of the Program International Information Security and Global Internet Governance at PIR Center. 

Since 2011 Oleg has been participating in the international project “A Twenty-First Century Concert of Powers” conducted by Frankfurt Peace Research Institute (PRIF) (through 2014). He is the author of a number of research articles on information security, cybersecurity, and global internet governance in PIR Center’s Security Index journal and other editions. Oleg serves as the Secretary of the Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance under PIR Center Advisory Board. In March 2014 Oleg became a member of the Research Advisory Network (RAN) under the Global Commission on Internet Governance (CGIG). PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2015. 06/17


Kolbin Alexander S. image
City : London
Affiliation : CargoLogicAir
Position : Advisor to the President
Expertise :
Tactical nuclear weapons in Europe
Russian nuclear policy
Nuclear disarmament
Arms control
Biography :

Currently, Alexander is the Advisor to the President of the CargoLogicAir Compaby (international business in air logistics sector), PIR Center's Consultant, Chevening Scholar at the King's College London (MA Program in Non-Proliferation & International Security). Until 2017 - military analyst, then Head of the International Organizations Affairs Division at Volga-Dnepr Group; until 2013 - "Russia and Nuclear Non-Proliferation" Program Coordinator at PIR Center. In 2012 - Guest Researcher at SIPRI. In 2011 graduated from the National Research Tomsk State University with major in International Relations. Winner of the PIR Center's International Summer School in 2010. 06/17

Kozyulin, Vadim B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Project Director, Project on Asian Security; Project Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project
Expertise :
Central Asia
Illegal arms traffic
Small arms and light weapons
International initiatives on illegal arms traffic
Military-technical cooperation between Russia and other countries
Biography :

Candidate of Political Sciences, Professor of the Academy of Military Science. 1990 graduate of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO). Former officer of the Soviet/Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Kozyulin worked at Moscow News Review, later was a representative of the Republic State Enterprise "Kazspetsexport" in Russia. In 2000-2002 Dr. Kozyulin accomplished the Management of Military and Technical Cooperation Program in the Russian Academy for Foreign Trade and defended a thesis on Military Technical Cooperation as a Mechanism of Regional Stability in Central Asia. He maintains close contacts with CIS and foreign export companies. His research interests are Arms Trade Treaty, Russia's military and technical cooperation with foreign countries, stability in Central Asia and Afghanistan. PIR Center Research Fellow since 1994. PIR Center Asian Security Project Director and Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project Director since 2017. 06/17

Kulikova Alexandra image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Internet Corporation for Assiigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Position : Global Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Expertise :
Social media
Information security
Cyber security
International aspects of Internet development
National and international cyber strategies
Global Internet governance
Digital diplomacy
Biography :

PIR Center Consultant since 2015, PIR Center Program Coordinator for Global Internet Governance and International Information Security in 2014-2015.

Alexandra's research interests include global internet governance and security, stability and resilience of the Internet unique identifier system, as well as international information security, cyberstability challeges, communications privacy and data protection online. 

In 2012-2014 she participated in the London School of Economics Media Policy Project research group as a research assistant contributing to the ongoing study projects in the field of media policies in the UK and EU.

Alexandra holds MSc degree from the London School of economics and Political Science in media and communication governance and graduate degree from Moscow State Linguistic University in theory and practice of intercultural communication and teaching foreign languages and cultures. In 2006 she did an internship with the Council of Europe Language Policy Division in Strasbourg, France. 06/17

 Publications archieve 

Orlov, Vladimir A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Special Advisor
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Russian-US security relations
Foreign policy of the Russian Federation
Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
International security policy of the Russian Federation
Russian-European security relations
Russian foreign policy and the Middle East (including the Gulf region)
Nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East
BRICS's perspectives on peace and security
Assessment of best international practices on fighting corruption 
Building new European security architecture
Biography :

Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov is expert in international security and Russia’s foreign policy. His research areas include major threats and challenges to international security, primarily, nuclear nonproliferation.

Dr. Orlov founded PIR Center, a private think-tank dealing with global security and foreign policy, in 1994 and was the institute’s Director (President) until April 2015 when he decided to step down as PIR Center’s CEO while remaining on Center’s Executive Board and concentrating on specific nuclear nonproliferation and other projects as Center’s Special Advisor.

Since 2014, Dr. Orlov is the Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Dr. Orlov is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (since 2015).

Dr. Orlov is a member of the Trialogue Club International, which he founded in 1993. He is the founder (in 2006) of the Centre russe d'etudes politiques, a Geneva-based research and consultancy association.

Dr. Orlov is a member (since 2014) of the Advisory Board of the Government of the Russian Federation. He is a member (since 2014) of the Advisory Board on the Corruption Prevention under the Anti-Corruption Directorate at the President’s Office of the Russian Federation.

He is a member of the Russian National Committee for BRICS Studies Research Council; Advisor to the Russian delegation at the NPT Review Conferences (2010; 2015) and at the sessions of the NPT Preparatory Committee (2012-2014); a member of the Russian Council of Foreign and Defense Policy (SVOP); a member of International Nuclear Energy Academy (INEA); a member of the Russian Pugwash Committee under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); a member of the Washington Quarterly Editorial Board.

In 1994, Dr. Orlov founded Security Index journal (until 2007 published under the title Yaderny Kontrol). He was its editor-in-chief until 2015, and currently is a member of journal’s Editorial Board.

Dr. Orlov is constantly engaged in teaching and educational activities, giving lectures and expert comments on Russian foreign policy and on nuclear nonproliferation within Russia and abroad. His initiative culminated in establishment (in 2016) of the International Dual Degree MA Program in Nonproliferation and Global Security Studies – a joint project by the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO) of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and PIR Center. He serves as academic consultant to the program and teaches Russian foreign and security policy as well as nuclear nonproliferation at MGIMO. He also gives lectures in Geneva, Bishkek, and Monterey. Vladimir Orlov is executive editor and co-author of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Textbook in two volumes.

He is the author (or coauthor) of more than a dozen books and monographs and nearly three hundred research papers, essays, and columns. Articles by Dr. Orlov have been published in Security Index journal, International Affairs (Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn) journal, Russia in Global Affairs magazine, the Washington Quarterly journal, and Seguridad Internacional journal, among others. His columns and comments regularly appear at the Kommersant daily newspaper. Dr. Orlov is on Twitter (Orlov_pircenter) and Facebook (VladimirAOrloff), and his blog is on PIR Center’s website (www.pircenter.org/en). (04/17)

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Polikanov, Dmitry V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Security Index Editorial Board Member
Expertise :
Russia-NATO relations
Missile Defense
Foreign policy of the Russian Federation
Biography :

PhD in Political Sciences. In 1998 graduate with merit from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Holds the title of Associate Professor from the Russian Academy of Sciences and the title of Full Professor of the World Distributed University of the European Informatization Academy. In 2003-2006 - Director of International and Public Relations of the All-Russan Public Opinion Research Center. In 2006-2007 - Director of Market Research and Public Opinion in The PBN Company. Since 2012 - Director of the Bureau for Strategic Communications. Author of over 100 publications on conflict management, peacekeeping, arms control, international relations and foreign policy (in Russian and foreign languages). Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the International Sociological Association, the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center Research Council, PIR Center Vice President. 06/17

Shakirov Oleg I. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
European security
OSCE
Digital diplomacy
Biography :

Graduated from the South Ural State university, international department (2010). In 2015, recieved Master's degree from the John Hopkins Schoool of Advanced International Studies. In 2011-2012, worked as a news editor at the International Broadcasting section of RIA Novosti. PIR Center intern in September-December 2012. In summer 2014, interned with the UN Department for Political Affairs. Expert on Foreign Policy and Security, Center for Strategic Research. 06/17

Starchak, Maxim V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University (Canada)
Position : Research Fellow
Expertise :
Russia-NATO relations
Central Asia
Nuclear disarmament
International security policy of the Russian Federation
Nuclear and missile industry
Arms control
Defense spending
BRICS's perspectives on peace and security
Biography :

Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University (Canada). In 2013-2016, PIR Center Consultant. In 2016-2017, IMEMO Research Fellow. Graduated from the Irkutsk State University. Passed training courses in MGIMO (University) of the MFA of Russia, 2011, 2013, CTBTO Preparatory Commission, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. In 2013-2014, Research Fellow at Laboratory of military economy of Gaidar Institute. From 2011 to 2013, Executive Director of the Center for strategic estimates and forecasts. From 2011 to 2013, Research Fellow at the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies. From 2009 to 2013, expert of the project "Security Index in Central Asia," Institute of political solutions (Kazakhstan). In 2010-2012, Head of the Analytical Directorate, Expert at Foundation for advanced studies "Bastion". From 2006 to 2011, Vice President, Head of the Research Group on International Security and Conflicts at SD RuPSA. From 2011, expert of Eurasia Heritage Foundation. Editor of the White Paper of the PIR Center "Towards nuclear disarmament: NTP article VI and Implementation of the 2010 Review Conference Decisions". Executive Editor of the Conference Proceedings of III & IV Moscow Conference on International Security of the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation, 2014, 2015. The awards winner of MGIMO-University, Moscow State University, Institute of Oriental Studies, Rosatom, Federation for Peace and Conciliation, National Committee on BRICS Research, NATO Information Office in Moscow. 06/17

Sveshnikova, Yulia V. image
City : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Iranian nuclear program
Middle East
Iran
Biography :

PhD in History. Graduated from the Law Faculty at the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (HSE) (2010), accomplished PhD program at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at HSE (2013), MA in Muslim World Issues at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC) at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) (2016). Studied language at the Imam Khomeini International University (2011). Education Program Coordinator at PIR Center (2010). Research Fellow at HSE (since 2010). Area of expertise: Iran domestic politics, Iran nuclear program, Islamic culture and sociocultural development of Muslim countries, Malaysian politics. Proficient in Russian, English, and Persian. 06/17

Zulkharneev, Albert F. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Director
Expertise :
Central Asia
Water and energy security
Biography :

Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Graduated from the Faculty of World Politics and World Economy of the National Research University - Higher School of Economics. In 2008 graduated with the 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. Since 2007 was intern in the  PIR Center. In August - December 2011 scholar of the Program for teaching and research at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. PIR Center Education and Training Program Director, PIR Center Executive Director in 2013-2015. PIR Center Director since April, 2015. Participant of sessions of the Preparatory Committee for the NPT Review Conference 2012-2013 and the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The organizer: of the PIR Center International School on Global Security, of the programs for improving professional skills of Central Asian specialists, of the course on global security of the international session of the youth forum "Seliger", of 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). 06/17

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