Amb. Vyacheslav Trubnikov

Summary of remarks by Amb. Vyacheslav Trubnikov

PIR Center International School of Global Security, 2019


We should not become preoccupied with military security to the exclusion of all else. The future security architecture should be viewed from all the numerous and often conflicting vantage point...

In 2019, the third session of the 2020 NPT Review Conference Preparatory Committee will take place in New York. Malaysian diplomat, Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, was chosen to serve as its Chair. In its interview to PIR Center Consultant Andrey Baklitsky for Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control) bullet...

On October 20, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the United States is going to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). Many experts assumed that that Trump’s decision was caused not by the accusations that Russia violated the treaty but by concerns about Ch...

Russian and American experts have widely assumed that on July 16, 2018, one of the issues that may come up during the Russia-US summit in Helsinki is arms control. Unlike many other issues, it would also be a less controversial topic for the US administration battled by the accusations of “collusion...

On July 16, 2018, the presidents of Russia and the United States will meet in Helsinki for the first US-Russian summit since Donald Trump assumed the presidency. The cyber domain is likely to be included in the agenda of the upcoming meeting.

Direct Russia-US cyber dialogue is currently suspended si...

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Cadisch, Marc image
  • City : Geneva
  • Affiliation : Director of the SPIEZ LABORATORY
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Marc Cadisch studied pharmacy at the University of Bern. He obtained his doctorate in organic chemistry from the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). Before becoming director of the SPIEZ LABORATORY he worked in private industry. During this time, he continued his further education at the University of St. Gallen, where he was awarded the "Executive MBA HSG". In 2002, he was appointed as the director of the SPIEZ LABORATORY. He assumed this post on 1st April 2003.

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

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

Eleukenov, Dastan S. image
  • City : Stockholm, Sweden
  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Kingdom of Sweden
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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, Yuri image
  • City : Rome, Italy
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : PIR Center Executive Board Member and Security Index Editorial Board Member
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Candidate of History, Professor. Member of the Czech Association of International Affairs, Professor of the Metropolitan University Prague. Erlier was an Associated Fellow in Royal Institute of International Affairs (also known as Chatham House, United Kingdom). Leading expert on international security issues, including energy security and arms control. His name and numerous publications on strategic armaments, tactical nuclear weapons, anti-missile defense, and missile warning systems are well known both in Russia and abroad. Headed the team of authors and wrote several chapters in the UNDP's annual Human Development Reports for the Russian Federation. Professor at MGIMO. Also worked at King's College in London, doing research and teaching within the Program on Post-Communist Security Studies. PIR Center Board Member and Security Index Editorial Board Member.

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

Maslin, Evgeny P. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : Counsellor, Aspect-Conversion. PIR Center Executive Board member, Security Index Editorial Board Member
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Colonel General (Ret.), one of the founders of Russia's programs for international cooperation in the dismantlement of surplus armaments, an accomplishment recognized by the award of several government honors, including the Order of the Red Star, Order for Service to the Fatherland, and many medals. A leading expert on nuclear security, nuclear weapons reductions, and verification mechanisms. Laureate of the Russian State Prize. Worked in USSR/Russian Ministry of Defense organizations for more than 40 years, including from 1992-1997 as head of the Russian Ministry of Defense 12th Main Directorate, which is responsible for the security of nuclear munitions. Author of many publications in Russian and English, including articles on nuclear security, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, and nuclear nonproliferation.

Mau, Vladimir A. image
  • Affiliation : Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
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Doctor of Economics. Member of the Board of Directors of the Gazprom company. Doctor of Economics, Professor. Recognized by the Russian Federation as an economist of distinction. Participated in the drafting and realization of economic reforms in Russia, holding a variety of government posts. Served as an advisor to the Russian prime minister in 1992-1993, and from 1997-2002 headed the Russian government's Working Center for Economic Reform. Currently a member of the Presidential Council on Science, Technology, and Education. Author of over 20 monographs, books, and learning aids and more than 400 brochures, academic articles, and popular essays. Academic interests include political economy, history of Russian economic thought and economic reforms, economic policy history and theory, and comparative analysis of economic policy.

Mettan, Guy image
  • Affiliation : Executive Director of the Swiss Press Club
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Guy Mettan is journalist, artist and Swiss politician, member of PDC. He was a director and editor-in-chief of Tribune de Genève in 1992. In 1996, Guy Mettan created "Business Club Romand" in Zurich. In 1998 Mr. Mettan presided "le Fondation EMA" whose goal is to provide South countries with a better access to capitals, technologies and international markets and "Association ASEMA". In the same year, Tribune de Genève being purchased by the Edipresse group, Guy Mettan left his post. He started a career of a politician and gets the post of city counselman of Geneva in 1999. In 2001 Mr. Mettan was appointed vice-presedent of the Swiss-West Africa Chamber of Commerce, and in 2005 of the Swiss-Russian Joint Chambers of Commerce (JCC), and president of the Geneva Red Cross in 2006. Also Guy Mettan is the President of the Grand Conseil of the Geneva canton and president of the Swiss Press Club, of which he is a charter member. Honorary member (Membre d’Honneur) of the Centre russe detudes politiques.

Müller, Harald image
  • City : Frankfurt
  • Affiliation : Research Department "International Security and World Order", Peace Research Institute Frankfurt; Goethe University of Frankfurt
  • Position : Member of the Executive Board, Head of Research Department; Professor of International Relations
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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.

Nazarkin, Yury K. image
  • City : Bogis-Bossey
  • Position : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR/ Russia
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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Professor of Geneva School of Diplomacy. Previously Representative of the USSR to the Conference on Disarmament, the chief negotiator of the START 1 Treaty, Assistant Secretary to the Russian Security Council. Honorary member (Membre d’Honneur) of the Centre russe detudes politiques.

Orlov, Vladimir A. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Special Advisor
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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. 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. Honorary member (Membre d’Honneur) of the Centre russe detudes politiques. Member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (till 2019).

Palazzolo (Shadrina), Ekaterina image
  • City : Geneva
  • Affiliation : Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
  • Position : Senior Board & External Relations Officer
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Ekaterina Palazzolo obtained an MA in Diplomatic Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Westminster (UK) in 2002. Prior to joining the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, she worked in the Russian private sector, and had internships at the U.S. Department of Interior and the Chatham House (RIIA). Served as CEO of the Center for Policy Studies in Russia.


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Potter, William image
  • City : Monterey
  • Affiliation : Founder and Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
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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.

Providoli, David image
  • Affiliation : Attorney-at-Law
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Holder of the Law degree from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, in 2003 Mr. Providoli received a Qualification as notary public in Valais and Qualification as solicitor in Switzerland. In 2005 he obtained an Associate position with a mid tier law firm in Geneva with assignments in international commercial arbitrations. Mr. Providoli acted as Legal counsel to a financial group based in Turkey. Starting from 2009 he is acting as an independent attorney at law with a main focus for the financial community (banks, funds and asset managers). In this latest position, activities cover commercial litigations and legal advice. David Providoli has a strong interest in start ups and small companies, and is a member of an Angel Finance network with a European reach out.

Risi, Cosimo image
  • City : Bern
  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Italy in Switzerland
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Cosimo Risi was born 1951, in Salerno, Italy. Cosimo Risi is Permanent Representative to the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Minister Plenipotentiary at the Italian Misnitry of Foreign Affairs he previously worked as Head of Unit for the External Relations to EU and WTO at the Directorate General for Multilateral Economic and Financial Cooperation of the Italian MFA, and as responsible for the European Neighbourhood Policy at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union, and lately as Italian Coordinator of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Mr. Risi teached International Relations at the Institut Supérieur du Management Public et Politique in Brussels and is now adjunct professor of International Relations at University of Salerno and at the European College of Parma. He also teaches International Cooperation at the University of Trieste and is Coordinator of the editorial board of “Europae”, Quarterly of European Affairs. In september 2013 Cosimo Risi became an Ambassador of italy to Switzeralnd.

Satanovsky, Yevgeny Y. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : President, Institute for Middle East Studies
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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.

Stepanova, Ekaterina A. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Position : Head of the Peace and Conflict Studies Unit
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Ph.D in Political Science, head of the Group on peace and conflict studies and leading research associate at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), RAS. Specializes on armed conflicts and conflict management research, terrorism, other types of collective violence, ideological extremism, political economy of conflicts, and network structures. In 2007-2009 was Leader of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Armed Conflicts and Conflict Management Project. Author of 180 scientific papers in ten languages, six monographs, including "Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict" (Oxford Univ. Press, 2008). Her book “The Role of Illicit Drug Business in the Political Economy of Conflicts and Terrorism” (Moscow, 2005) has won the medal for young scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Serves on editorial boards of the following journals: "Global Governence", "Terrorism and Political Violence" (St Andrews Univesity, UK), "The International Journal on Conflict and Violence", "Security Index" (PIR Center), and "The road to peace and security". Gives lectures for the international programs at the European University in St. Petersburg (EUSP) and Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Member of the PIR Center Executive Board member, the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the Russian-American expert group on Afghan drug trafficking, and the expert and methodological group Global Peace Index. Personal web-page:

Stoudmann, Gerard image
  • Affiliation : Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Human Rights in Crimea
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Ambassador Gérard Stoudmann studied law at the University of Lausanne and International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. At the beginning of career Gérard Stoudmann served as Personal Adviser to Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, President of the Swiss Confederation and Minister of Economy. Later Gérard Stoudmann was Managing Director of the St-Gallen Foundation for International Studies, University of St-Gallen and of the “St-Gallen International Management Symposium”. In 1997, Gérard Stoudmann was appointed Ambassador and elected Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw. Later he was Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. In 2006 Ambassador served as UN High Representative for the Elections in Cote d'Ivoire, an appointment by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In 2009 - 2015 served as Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Organizational Development and Reform of the Organization. Honorary member (Membre d’Honneur) of the Centre russe detudes politiques.


Logo_Trialog_Ru_copy_1.jpgTrialogue Club International is a meeting place for diplomats, experts, businessmen, journalists and the source of exclusive information on Russian foreign policy and global security. Selected members of the Centre russe d'études politiques are also the members of Trialogue Club. The meetings of the Club take place four times a year in Moscow plus one time a year abroad and are based on a keynote speech by a leading governmental or nongovernmental expert from Russian or a foreign country. It gives a perfect chance to obtain necessary information through the extensive Q&A sessions.


Yakushkin, Dmitri D. image
  • Affiliation : Communications director for the management company Russdragmet.
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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