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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...

Vladimir Orlov: “Russia and the United States should resume a comprehensive dialogue on global nuclear proliferation threats” image

On January 19, 2021, Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Director of the PIR Center, gave an interview to Security Index journal.

 

SECURITY INDEX: In your recent op-ed column, co-authored with Sergey Semenov and published by Kommersant Daily, you stated that “Russia and the United States, as major nuclear-weapo...

Vladimir Orlov, Sergey Semenov

PIR Center experts Vladimir Orlov and Sergey Semenov discuss the prospects for the Russian-American dialogue on arms control.

President Trump`s legacy in arms control resembles smoldering ruins. And the ruins are covered with a dense fog. For the first time since the end of the Cold War Moscow and W...

Russian International Affairs Council

July 1, 2020

 

For Russia, the military developments and strategies of the United States recreate those challenges and threats that the USSR associated with President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Adopted in 1984, the SDI programme involved...

Towards Global Security Through Equal Rights and Consensus image

The international relations system has been in the process of transformation since the early 1990-s. Today one may unequivocally say that the unipolar project, which has been constructed by the USA with the help of its allies, did not materialize.  There began the construction of a more just multipo...

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PIR Center Staff

Baklitskiy, Andrey A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Arms control
Biography :

A Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security at the MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry, a Consultant at PIR Center, a member of the Deep Cuts Commission and expert at Valdai Club International. He has previously served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, PIR Center «Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation» Program Director and the Editor-in-Chief of monthly e-bulletin “Yaderny Kontrol” (“Nuclear Control”). Mr. Baklitskiy was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2019-2020. He taught courses on nuclear nonproliferation and emerging technologies at the MGIMO University and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He regularly contributes to Russian and international media and has authored numerous articles and reports. Mr. Baklitskiy graduated from the Urals Federal University with a specialist diploma in regional studies. His expertise includes nuclear arms control, nuclear non-proliferation, Iranian nuclear program, and US-Russian strategic relations. 09/20

Bondareva, Maria A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

She is a fourth-year student at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and a PIR-Center intern since July 2020. Participated in the International UN Model, organized jointly by MGIMO University and ANUDI, Madrid in July 2020. She was an exchange student in Lisbon, Portugal for the autumn semester in 2019. Completed a course of German and Germany’s foreign policy in Göttingen, Germany in August 2019. Attended the Portuguese language and politics course in Coimbra, Portugal in June-July 2018. Recipient of the Russian Presidential Grand and Shodiev scholarship. Speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, German. Her research interests include the nuclear nonproliferation regime, the Iranian nuclear program. 09/20

Degtyarev, Nikita S. image
City : Yekaterinburg
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Coordinator, Information & Publications Program, Yaderny Kontrol editor
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Tactical nuclear weapons in Europe
Nuclear disarmament
Biography :

Graduate of the Faculty of International Relations of the Ural Federal University. He has been working at the PIR Center since September 2019. He has held the positions of intern, consultant. He completed an internship at Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in Yekaterinburg in the summer of 2018. A participant in the Writing and Science school for young nonproliferation experts (organized by Ural Federal University with the support of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority) and the PIR Center course at the Ural Federal University "The future of global security and nuclear nonproliferation". He is a grant specialist in Young Middle East Researchers Association (Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg). His research interests include NATO nuclear sharing arrangements, nuclear nonproliferation regime, nuclear weapon ban campaign. 07/20

Karnaukhova, Elena A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Assistant to Director on Special Projects & Education and Training Program Coordinator
Biography :

Holds bachelor’s and master’s honours degrees in International Relations with major International Security from the School of World Politics of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2018, 2020). In 2015-2018 was the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper «Non Paper» of the MSU School of World Politics. Since 2020 has been a 1-year post-graduate student and the coordinator of Master program on International Security of the MSU School of World Politics. Interned in State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (2015), Russian Parliamentarian Club (2015), Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation (2017), Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (2016, 2018), Trade Delegation of Russia in the UK (2017, 2018), JSC Russian Export Center. In 2020-2021 worked as an Analyst, International Development, in Russian Export Center. Academic interests: geopolitics in Central Asia, new world order, military-political cooperation, theory of military-political coalitions, arms control, nuclear factor in international relations, international security and Russian foreign policy, applied international analysis.

 

Kholodnov, Evgeny V. image
City : St. Petersburg
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

2nd Year Student for the master’s program Strategic and Arms control Studies, International Relations department, St. Petersburg State University. Presented his research on the International Conference for students, aspirants, and young scientists “Prospect Svobodiy-2016”, based on the Siberian Federal University. Worked as the chief-specialist at the accreditation department, the Executive Directorate of the “Winter Universiade-2019” in Krasnoyarsk, was responsible for the preparation and conduct of the World Championships – National Teams Boys 19 (WU2019 Test Event) for more than 120 people. Had internships in the Foreign Relations Department of the Governor of Krasnoyarsk Region and the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Investment Policy, and Economic Development of the Governor of Krasnoyarsk Region. Worked as a foreign trade manager in the private company on the import of goods from China. Has been having an internship at the PIR-Center on the NPR program since June 2020. Writes his blog on the website of the PIR-Center, also has publications in the monthly bulletin “Yaderny Control” (“Nuclear Control”). Languages: Russian (Native), English (Proficient), Chinese (Mandarin, elementary). Spheres of scientific interests: issues of nuclear weapons and disarmament, arms control, military innovations and technologies, strategy and politics, hypersonic weapons. 10/20

 

 

Kolbin Alexander S. image
City : London
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Tactical nuclear weapons in Europe
Russian nuclear policy
Nuclear disarmament
Arms control
Biography :

Head of Market Expertise Department at VDG, PIR Center Consultant. Until November 2020 - Director for International Organizations Affairs, Volga-Dnepr Group (New York, NY, United States). Until 2018 – Advisor to the President and CEO of the Volga-Dnepr Group. Until 2013 – “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Coordinator, PIR Center Research Fellow. In 2012 – Guest Researcher at the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In 2017, as a Chevening scholar, graduated from King’s College London with MA in Non-Proliferation and International Security (with Merit). In 2011 graduated from National Research Tomsk State University with major in “International Relations”. Winner of the PIR Center’s 2010 Summer School in International Security. 07/20

Kozyulin, Vadim B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Program Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Program
Expertise :
Russia-NATO relations
Central Asia
Illegal arms traffic
Military-technical cooperation between Russia and other countries
Cyber security
Arms control
Biography :

In 1990, he graduated from MGIMO University. He worked in the Foreign Ministry of the USSR/Russia, in the Moscow News newspaper. In 2000-2002, he studied Management in the Military-Technical Cooperation course at the Russian Foreign Trade Academy.  Since 1994 he is a Research Fellow at the PIR Center. Research Fellow of the Center for Global Studies & International Organizations of the Institute for Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He is a Member of the Expert Council on the International Humanitarian Law of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, participant of the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons Systems (IPRAW), participant of the Russian-American Dartmouth dialogue. He has more than 300 publications on international security issues. His research interests include military artificial intelligence, new weapons systems, arms control, Russia's military-technical cooperation with foreign states, strategic stability, Russia-US and Russia-NATO relations, Central Asia and Afghanistan, and illicit arms trade. 09/20

Kulibaba, Nadezhda S. image
City : Saint Petersburg
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

Ph.D. candidate at St Petersburg University, International Relations and World Politics Program. Graduate of the Master Program “Strategic and arms control studies”, School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University (2020). She holds a BA degree in International Relations from SPBU. Participated in European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (2018), the Moscow Conference on Non-Proliferation (2019) and the International Scientific Seminar “Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Impact of the Treaty on the International Non-Proliferation Regime and Assessment of the Current Situation” (2019). Before joining PIR Center Nadezhda was an intern in Rosatom Technical Academy (2019) and an intern in the Russian Foreign Ministry Representative Office in Saint Petersburg (2017). She speaks English and Spanish. Academic interests: nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, nuclear risk reduction. 09/20

Kvartalnov, Artem A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program and Information & Publications Program
Biography :

Graduate student at the School of International Relations of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (2020 – present). Obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the School of Governance and Politics of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (2020). Won the student competition “Higher League” in International Relations (2020, Higher School of Economics, Moscow), the International Youth Competition “Horizon-2100” (2020), the Youth Essay Contest “European security Architecture and the Prospects for its Formation in the Context of Russia-NATO-EU Relations” (2019). In 2019, participated in a study visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons. Attended the 9th Chinese-Russian Summer School on International Relations “Deterring Protectionism and Promoting Diversity in Changing Political Landscape” (Moscow, Higher School of Economics, 2019). In 2019 interned at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Speaks English, German and Spanish. Scientific interests: international security, European security, identity politics, integration processes. 10/20

Larionov, Konstantin O. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

Holds a B.A. degree in International Relations (2020) from Ural Federal University. Took part in International Summer School at the University of Málaga, Málaga, Spain (2019). Interned at the Legislative Assembly of Sverdlovsk Region (2019) and at Expertise Center «Ural-Eurasia» (2019). Completed English courses at Stafford House International, London, UK (2014). Took part in more than 10 conferences on nuclear nonproliferation and global security issues and had his contributions published in the proceedings of the majority of the conferences. Participated in the VI Yekaterinburg UN International Model and in the II Science Diplomacy School "The NPT: Preserving the Legacy", hosted by MEPhI Science Diplomacy Club and MGIMO International Security Club. Speaks English and Spanish. Research interests: Russian-American cooperation in the field of arms control, the European security architecture, nuclear safety of the Asia-Pacific region, the impact of modern technologies on the international arms control regime. 10/20

Lata, Vasily F. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : PIR Center Consultant, Security Index Editorial Board Member
Expertise :
START Treaty
Missile Defense
Military Use of the Outer Space
Biography :

Lieutenant-General (ret.), Doctor of Military Sciences, Professor. Dr. Lata has worked in the Soviet/Russian Defense Ministry's agencies for over 35 years, including as the deputy chief of the Defense Ministry's Military Policy Administration in 1992-1994. After that, chief of operations, deputy chief of the Strategic Missile Forces Supreme Staff. Full member of the Academy of Military Sciences. Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of Strategic Missile Forces. Professor of the Missile Forces and Artillery Department, Military Academy of the General Staff. 06/17

Legigand, Alexis image
City : Paris
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Russian from St. Olaf College in the United States (2019). During this time, Alexis was an exchange student at the Novgorod State University (2017) and he took part in a volunteering project in Japan at the Asian Rural Institute (2019). He is now completing a Master’s degree in International Relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and will graduate in June 2021. His specialization is “Multilateral Diplomacy”, which is being taught jointly with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). In 2018, completed an internship at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology and, more recently, at the Russian International Affairs Council. Speaks French, Russian and English. Scientific interests: Russian-American dialogue, issues of global governance and sustainable development. 10/20

Podolskaya, Yana M. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Assistant to the Director
Expertise :
IAEA
National security
Biography :

Candidate of geographical sciences, Yana graduated from geography faculty of Moscow State Pedagogical University and defended her PhD thesis under supervision of V.P. Maksakowskiy. In 2012, Yana was awarded a scholarship of the President of the Russian Federation for post-graduate students. In 2012-2013, she was a guest researcher at the Institute of Austrian and International Tax Law of Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria). In 2015 - 2017 Yana held several positions from intern to project assistant within the technical cooperation programme of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in UN Headquarters in Vienna. She accomplished several professional development courses and was certified in TC project management, monitoring and evaluation (UNIDO 2015, IAEA 2016-2019); International Public Sector Accounting Standards IPSAS (IAEA 2016); Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement FAFA (UNIDO 2017); procurement and technical specifications writing (Project Performance International 2018; UNDP 2018-2019). In 2017-2019, Yana served as an associate project officer for the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme in Europe and Central Asia (Austria). Yana is a member of the United Nations - Nuclear Young Generation as of 2018 and alumna of the 2019 Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp co-organized by the Nuclear Energy Agency at Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development NEA/OECD (Paris, France). At current time, Yana occupies a position of an assistant to the Director of PIR Center and is a student at Kutafin Moscow State Law University majoring in Law and National Security. Yana speaks English and German languages. Her research interests include, but are not limited to project management, national security, treaty law, nuclear law. 11/20

Sebekin, Sergei A. image
City : Irkutsk
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Program
Biography :

Candidate of historical sciences. In 2017 he graduated the master's programme of the Irkutsk State University with a degree in International Relations. In 2020 he graduated the postgraduate course of the Irkutsk State University. Participant of 10th National Youth Forum “Seliger 2014”. Grant-aided student of the Oxford Russia Fund 2014-2015. Participant of “East Russia–Japan Expert Education Program” (RJE3), Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan). Participant of international and all-Russian conferences. The author and the organizer of the conference "Terrorism in the modern world". Irkutsk, June 15, 2013. PIR Center intern. Participant of the XX International School on Global Security. Research interests: humanitarian problems of cybersecurity; national conceptions and strategies of cybersecurity; theories of cyberwar; cyber deterrence doctrine; the applicability of international law to cyber conflicts; artificial intelligence and the future of international relations, the impact of high technologies on international relations. 10/20 

Semenov Sergey image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Coordinator, Nonproliferation & Russia Program – Junior Research Fellow, Yaderny Kontrol edtor
Biography :

In 2019 graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Since 2019 has worked in PIR Center, first as an intern and then as a consultant and “Yaderny Kontrol” newsletter editor. Worked at James Martin CNS as a graduate research assistant. Interned in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. In 2017-19 presided over MGIMO Foreign Affairs Club. Speaks English, Spanish, and French languages. Academic interests: arms control, NPT review process, U.S. nuclear forces modernization. 12/20

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

Senior Expert at the Center for Advanced Governance, Consultant at PIR Center, Expert of the Russian International Affairs Council. Member of the Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security. Since 2017, he has been PIR Center’s contact person for the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, and in 2018, he was involved in the implementation of the Network’s project focused on the future of conventional armed forces control. In 2016-2019 he worked as an Expert on Foreign Policy and Security at the Center for Strategic Research. In 2010, he graduated from the International Faculty of the South Ural State University. In 2015, he received his Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. His research interests include European security and conventional arms control and the impact of digital technologies on international security. 07/20

Shutyak, Nikita V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program and Information & Publications Program
Biography :

Holds a B.A. degree in Law (2016) from MGIMO University. Interned at the Russian Foreign Ministry, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department (2015), the State Duma of the Russian Federation - Eurasian integration (2016) and theLegislative assembly of Novosibirsk Region (2014). Also worked as an interpreter and legal advisor at International arms and hunting exhibition IWA OutdoorClassics (Munich) (2011-2018) and finished MIGMO Reserve Officers Training Course: linguistic support of military operations (English) (2013-2016). Currently is a student of the Double Degree M.A. Program MGIMO - Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey in the sphere of WMD nonproliferation (2020-2022). Work experience: Deloitte CIS Private Clients Services - Consultant 1st year (2016-2017); Hellenic Bank (Cyprus), Moscow Representative Office - International banking officer (2017- 2018); JSC «ALFA-BANK» - Lead expert in the Compliance department (2018-2020). Speaks English and German. Research interests: WMD nonproliferation, the U.S. ways of countering WMD proliferation, WMD and non-state actors. 10/20

Sveshnikova, Yulia V. image
City : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Biography :

Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham Malaysia. 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). Proficient in Russian, English, and Persian. Area of expertise: Iran domestic politics, Iran nuclear program, Islamic culture and sociocultural development of Muslim countries, Malaysian politics, political processes in Southeast Asia. 10/20

Sych Yulia A. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Educational Program Director
Biography :

Holds an M.A. degree in International Relations with major in International Security (2017) and a B.A. degree in International Relations with major in Geopolitics and Diplomacy (2015) from Lomonosov Moscow State University. Completed a training program in international protocol and cross-cultural communications at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration – RANEPA (2017). Took part in International Summer School “Russia-EU-USA in a global world” at Link Campus University, Rome, Italy (2017). Interned at the Central Engineering Research Institute of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) (2013), at the State Duma of the Russian Federation (2015) and at the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) (2017). Worked as a Project Administrator at Rusatom Service JSC (2018). PIR Center`s Project Coordinator in 2018-2019, Educational Program Director of PIR Center since October 2019. Speaks English and Italian. 07/20

Zaytsev, Vyacheslav A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Chief Accountant
Biography :

Graduate of the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI). In 1972-1980, senior engineer, team leader and chief of the laboratory, Atominform Central Research Institute. In 1980-1983, chief of the laboratory, Voskhod Research Institute. After completion of accounting courses in 1983, worked in the Reserve Fund for Nongovernmental Pension Funds. Chief accountant of the PIR Center since 1996. 10/20

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
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). 01/21

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