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Interview with Evgeny Buzhinskiy, a retired Russian lieutenant-general, Ph.D. Military Sciences, chairman of the Executive Board of PIR Center, about the first successful test of the new intercontinental ballistic missile RS-28 Sarmat on April 20 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

 

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Interview with Evgeny Buzhinskiy, a retired Russian lieutenant-general, Ph.D. Military Sciences, chairman of the Executive Board of PIR Center, about the first combat use by Russia of the Kinzhal hypersonic missile at the ammunition depot of the Ukrainian army in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.

 

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PIR Center conducted an interview with Nikolay Spassky, Deputy General Director-Director of the International Activities Unit of the state Corporation Rosatom. We discussed aspects of Russian-Iranian cooperation in the framework of the JCPOA negotiations, as well as the prospects and priorities of ...

For nearly a week, for the first time in nuclear history armed conflict has been underway in a country with operational nuclear power plants, thus creating the potential for catastrophic damage to these nuclear facilities with the real risk of radioactive contamination that could easily be transpor...

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The virtual summit between Presidents Putin and Biden of December 7, 2021, did not address strategic stability and nonproliferation issues in detail as both presidents concentrated on Ukraine-related topics. Yet, strategic stability dialogue and prevention of proliferation of nuclear weapons remain ...

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Graduated from Moscow State University in 1974. Received PhD in Historical Science. From 1974 to 1987 worked at the Institute for the USA and Canadian Studies (ISKRAN), the Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 1987 works at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Participated in the work of the UN expert groups on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Register of Conventional Arms. Wrote many research papers on disarmament, export control and arms trade.

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Entered the German Foreign Service in 1980. Among other positions, Mr. Ludeking served as Deputy Head of the German Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament; Chairman of the Verification Working Group at Chemical Weapons Negotiations; Head of Economic Affairs Department at the German Embassy in London; Director of Conventional Arms Control, and Director of Nuclear Arms Control and Non-Proliferation at the German Foreign Office.

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Since the launch of the G8-led Global Partnership in 2002, Troy Lulashnyk has been Director in Canada's Global Partnership Program. Currently, he is responsible for overseeing the nuclear and radiological security portfolio, the nuclear submarine dismantlement portfolio, the chemical weapons destruction portfolio and the implementation of the Canada-Russia Global Partnership Treaty. Prior to 2002, he was the Senior Policy Advisor on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament at Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs.

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In 1977 graduated from Technical faculty, University of cryptography and telecommunications, in 1982 post graduated from University of cryptography and telecommunications. In 2001 obtained MBA in Kingston University, London, United KingdomHe has 25 years experience of development and implementation on information security systems for governmental and business structures. Author of ideas, manager for development and marketing promotion famous software. Also developed and successfully implemented strategies for a number of companies. Published more than 70 articles on theoretical mathematics. Has many articles on computers and security are published in media.

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With a 10-year experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and review of arms export controls and small arms and light weapons (SALW) control initiatives, Mr Mariani has managed and implemented several advocacy and research programs, which have played an important role in drawing attention to the proliferation and misuse of SALW in South, Central and Eastern Europe. He has also taken part in high-level international advocacy across Europe, working with governments, regional and international organizations (such as the EU, OSCE and UNDP) and civil society organizations.

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City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center Executive Board member, Consultant ANO ASPECT-CONVERSION
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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. He was awarded the Order of Military Merit and the Order of Courage.

He was born on May 20, 1937, in the village of Novotomnikovo, Morshansky district, Tambov region. He graduated from an elementary four-grade school in Voronezh, a seven-year school, and a secondary school in 1954.

Evgeny Petrovich had served in the Soviet Army since 1954. Graduated from the Military Academy of Communications named after S. M. Budyonny (Leningrad) in 1959. Since 1959, he served in the units of the 12th Main Directorate of the USSR Ministry of Defense (responsible for the operation, storage, maintenance, transportation and disposal of nuclear ammunition): military engineer, head of the group, head of the department, since 1979 - chief engineer of the compound (Vologda region), since 1981 - commander of the compound (Vologda). Graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in 1993.

Since April 1989 - First Deputy Head of the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the USSR. Since July 16, 1992 - Head of the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The period of service in these leadership positions fell at the time of the collapse of the USSR. General Maslin ensured the export of nuclear ammunition and top-secret equipment to Russia, first from the countries of Eastern Europe, and then from the former Soviet Union republics that became independent states. An active participant in negotiations with the United States on security, arms reduction and mutual control of nuclear weapons.

Since 1997, Evgeny Petrovich has retired. However, he continued to be active, was a major expert in the field of nuclear weapons safety and in matters of their safe disposal. Author of a large number of publications on these issues. Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

Evgeny Petrovich's acquaintance with the PIR Center was curious — it was not Maslin who found PIR Center, but PIR Center in the person of the director, Vladimir Orlov, found Evgeny Petrovich: "I wasn't going to work at all after a very hard service and just enjoyed the rest. He called me, and we walked around Petrovsky Park for a long time, in general, he charmed me. That's how I ended up at PIR Center. General Maslin worked as a senior advisor to PIR Center, then as a PIR Center Executive Board member. He remained a member of the Board - the highest body of our organization - until the last day of his life.

In 2002, U.S. Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar awarded him the Medal for Services in the field of WMD proliferation threat reduction and contribution to the development of the Joint Threat Reduction Program (Nunn-Lugar Program). 

Thanks to his experience, Colonel General Maslin had always played an important role in improving the effectiveness of the physical protection of the nuclear arsenal of the Russian Federation. Evgeny Petrovich was also actively engaged in teaching, giving lectures and reports to students, young specialists, military and diplomats in Moscow, Geneva, Washington, etc.

He was also actively engaged in public activities: a member of the Boards of the Club of Business People, a member of the Board of the Vologda Community, president of the H. S. Ledentsov Rodnik Foundation.

In April of 2017, Evgeny Maslin gave a speech during the debates “Will the world be safer without nuclear weapons?”, which were part of the seventeenth International School on global security, organized by PIR Center. After having heard both debating sides, Colonel General Maslin shared his own view: “Will the world be more secure without nuclear weapons? First, we need to understand what is “safer”, and what is “world”. For example, in the case of the nuclear war, will the penguins in Antarctica suffer? Of course, they will. Therefore, if we think of the world in terms of the whole planet, then it is high time for humankind to stop threatening each other (with nuclear weapons as well) and start dealing with universal problems. However, in the current situation the world would not be any safer, this is my deepest conviction”.

Evgeny Maslin commented his speeches in the following way: “Whenever I give a presentation on some conferences, I always start with the following: “Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! I would like to say, that first of all am a practitioner. So, I apologize for the fact that my expressions or my views would be slightly different from the generally accepted in the scientific world. Because everything about the nuclear security I know not from the books, but from my own experience”. In his interaction with young specialists at the School Colonel General Maslin also drew on his rich practical experience, which is simply priceless for the new generation of experts.

Evgeny Maslin also participated in the round table “What kind of world does Russia need, and what kind of Russia does the world need?”. His views on the issue Colonel General Maslin expressed in the following way: “Patriotism — is not so much praising and admiration of one’s Motherland, but rather an aspiration to make it better, not so many right words and considerations, but rather right deeds. Right actions of everyone on one’s own place. To raise the children as decent people, give them education, prepare for the responsible life — that is patriotism”.

In an interview in 2014, "The meaning of life is to live" (in Russian) Evgeny Maslin told PIR Center about himself and his life, advised how a senior lieutenant should cope with the post of lieutenant colonel, shared how knowledge of Kipling and Yevtushenko helps in negotiations with the Americans and explained whether it is worth shooting down asteroids with nuclear charges.

The last text prepared by Evgeny Petrovich was an understanding of the Russian-American dialogue on nuclear nonproliferation, which he made at the request of PIR Center: "If young people on both sides of the Bering Strait are thinking about how we can straighten Russian-American relations, not everything is lost," he writes. This text in Russian and English is being published today for the first time, and the book where it is published still smells of printing ink.

To preserve the memory of Evgeny Petrovich Maslin and to honor the talented statesman, PIR Center placed on its website a Colonel General Evgeny P. Maslin Memory Gallery.

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1998 - 2003: CEA Technological Research Division: Head of CEREM (Center for materials research and new technologies, staff 650); 1990 - 1998: CEA Defense Applications Division (DAM): Head of the materials development service in the nuclear technology department.

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Doctor of Philosophy. Worked at Institute of the USA and Canada Studies (1975 – 1989). Since 1989 works at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affaires. He was also a visiting lecturer in Norway and the USA, a head of Soros Foundation's different international projects. He is a member of editorial boards of several research journals and research associations.

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Former officer of the KGB First Main Division (foreign intelligence). Has worked in the Soviet intelligence services for more than 30 years, including work in Mexico, Vietnam, Libya and Nicaragua. In 1985-91 he chaired the Department at Andropov Institute (currently – Academy of Foreign Intelligence). He is an expert in international security and counter-terrorism; one of the authors of Russian federal law “On Fight against Terrorism”. At present he heads the National Anti-Criminal and Anti-terrorist Foundation.

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Affiliation : Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education, Chairman of the Management Board, Russkiy Mir Foundation
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President, Policy Foundation. Since 2007 Vyacheslav Nikonov has been the Executive Director of the Management Board at Russkiy Mir Foundation. Since 1993 Mr. Nikonov has served as President of the “Polity” Foundation and in 2003 he became President of the 'Unity for Russia' Foundation. Vyacheslav Nikonov is active in many political and policy organizations. He is president of Club – 93; Vice-President of the Association of Political Consultancy Centers; Deputy Chairman of the Editorial Board, "Russia in Global Affairs;" Member of the Board, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy; Member of the Board, Russian Public Policy Center; and a member of the Advisory Council, Carnegie Endowment (Moscow Branch). He is also editor-in-chief of "Russia's Strategy." From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Nikonov was a member of the State Duma, where he served as the chairman of the Subcommittee for International Security and Arms Control. In 1997-2001 Vyacheslav Nikonov was a member of the political Advisory Council under the President of the Russian Federation, the Human Rights Committee under the President of the Russian Federation and the Presidential Expert Council on Political Extremism. Since 2011 - member of State Duma of RF.

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In 1972 obtained a university degree in nuclear engineering; he has more than 30 years of working experience in nuclear plants operation and management. The author of more than 30 papers presented worldwide. Since 1988 he was member of many International Working Groups. Since 1993 he has been involved in nuclear projects in East European countries financed, in particular, by the EU. In 1999 he was nominated Engineering Director of Sogin. In May 2003 he was nominated Director of “Russia Project”, dealing in particular with the Global Partnership activities, which see Sogin as the coordinator of the Italian contribution to the Program. In January 2006 he was nominated Director of External Projects Directorate of Sogin, maintaining the previous duties and responsibilities.

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Professional diplomatic official. Works in Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1981. Occupied posts in Tunisia, Syria, France. Author of a number of publications concerning Israeli-Arab conflict, Islam, European integration, globalization.

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Chairman of the All-Russia Union of Public Associations «Civil Society for the Children of Russia». Chairman of the Presidium of the All-Russia Public Movement «Civil Worth». In1989, she became a people's deputy of the USSR, member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. In 1993 she was elected as a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation from Kaluga oblast. Worked in the Committee for Social Policy. In December 1995 she was re-elected as a deputy of the State Duma . In 2000 she became the first female presidential candidate in Russia's history. In July 2002 she was assigned by the President of the Russian Federation to the post of the Chairman of the Civil Rights Commission under the President of the Russian Federation (since November 2004 - Chairman of the Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation).

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City : Monterey, US
Affiliation : Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury 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.

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City : Vienna, Austria
Affiliation : Member, International Advisory Board, International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastroph
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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.

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After receiving Ph.D in Law from Ecole Nationale d'Administration in 1981, joined French Ministry of Interior. In 1986 was seconded to Ministry of Foreign Affaires of France where he held various positions including Head of the Political affairs sub-directorate, United Nations Directorate; Spokesperson, Director of information and communication of MFA of France; since 2003 - Permanent Representative of France to the Conference on Disarmament.

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Dennis Romano was named senior vice president – business development of Washington Group International's Defense Business Unit in 2002. He directs all business development and planning activities in three market segments: Threat Reduction, Defense Infrastructure and Homeland Security. Clients include the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and related agencies.

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In the first 10 years of professional activities was involved in R&D projects on metallurgy and physics of nuclear fuels and reactor structural materials. In the following years participated in various international projects on: Nuclear and radiation safety, including the International Nuclear Safety Programme (INSP) to make safety assessments of Soviet-designed nuclear power plants (IAEA, Russian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (GAN), Operational safety of NPPs (World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), Development of a Russian nuclear submarines decommissioning strategy (IBRAE RAS), Development and implementation of a Rosatom nuclear materials and services export strategy (JSC “Techsnabexport” (TENEX).

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City : Jeddah
Affiliation : Chairman and Founder, Gulf Research Center, President of Sager Group Holding
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Chairman and Founder, Gulf Research Center, President of Sager Group Holding, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In November 2003, Dr. Sager was appointed as a member of the Makkah Province Council. In addition, he serves as a member on the advisory board of the Arab Thought Foundation; the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the Faculty of Economics and Administration of King Abdulaziz University; the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); the German Orient Foundation; and on the advisory group for the 4th Arab Human Development Report for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Dr. Sager has special research interest in Gulf strategic issues and is a regular contributor and commentator to international and regional media. He is the author of numerous publications. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010.

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Held various positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Rand Corporation, and Harvard University, where he received a PhD in Government in 1984. From 1987 to 1995, held various positions at the Department of State. As Deputy to the Ambassador-at-large for Korean Affairs, Robert Gallucci, he was one of the US negotiators of the 1994 US–DPRK Agreed Framework. Worked in the Department of State as Director of the Office of Regional Non-proliferation Affairs in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs and as Special Assistant to the Ambassador-at-large for Non-proliferation and Nuclear Energy Policy, Richard T. Kennedy. Served as Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Non-Proliferation at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. Directed the Institute's Non-Proliferation Programme. From 1996 to 2000, he served as Special Assistant to President Clinton and Senior Director for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls at the National Security Council.

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Graduate from Leningrad State University and Post-graduate course at F.E. Dzerzhinsky Higher Naval Engineering School. Worked at Sevastopol Higher Naval Engineering School (headed the School in 1971-1984), Naval Academy, Scientific and Engineering Committee of the Navy, Institute of High Temperatures of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Since 1990 works at Nuclear Safety Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (IBRAE RAN). Doctor in Engineering Sciences, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : President, President, The Middle East Institute (MEI)
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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.

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City : Tehran, Iran
Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (retired), Advisor to Vice President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran
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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
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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.

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City : Moscow
Affiliation : Deputy Director General, Rosatom State Corporation for Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation
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Doctor of Political Science, Ph.D. in History. Born in 1961. After graduation from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1983 Nikolay Spassky worked in various diplomatic positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Deputy and First Deputy Director, 1992-1994; Director of the North America Department from February 1994; Member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Board from December 1995; Joint Russian Ambassador to Italy and San Marino, 1998-2004; Assistant Secretary to the Russian Security Council, 2004-2006. Nikolay Spassky holds the diplomatic rank of Plenipotentiary Ambassador, First Class. He is also the co-founder of the Centre russe d'études politiques. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2009. Member of PIR Center Editorial Board.

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Affiliation : Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (1987-1990), India
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Joined the Department of Atomic Energy of India in 1955. From early 1987 to his retirement in 1990, Dr. Srinivasan took over as Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary Department of Atomic Energy. Dr. M.R. Srinivasan had a major role in the selection of all nuclear power sites from Tarapur onwards. Since 2002 he has served as a Member of the National Security Advisory Board concerned with advising the Government on national securityissues.

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Expert on international relations, arms control, science and technology policy and Israeli foreign and defense policy. He is a consultant to the Israeli Defense and Foreign Ministry for the multilateral negotiations on regional security arms control, and has published widely on these subjects. Fellow at the SIPRI Project on Decision Making in Defense Procurement and the United States Institute for Peace Working group on conventional arms control for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Col Ben Steyn is responsible for the development and implementation of policy and guidelines on the defence against chemical and biological weapons and radio-active materials in the SA National Defence Force, the management of research and development in this field as well as the provision of specialist advice on the subject to the SA Government Agencies. He acted as specialist advisor to the South African Delegation in negotiations to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention from 1992 to 2001 and still fulfils this role in other activities on the Biological Weapons Convention. He was involved in the management of the anthrax incidents between October 2001 and January 2002 on a national and local level. Previously he held various positions in the SA Defence Force since his qualification as a medical practitioner in 1977.

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After receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University he immigrated to Israel (1969). His main fields of interest are political philosophy, comparative politics - especially Israeli politics. He has authored and edited some 12 books (and dozens of articles) relating to political thought, modern ideologies and Israeli politics. He has been a visiting professor at the universities in the US, Germany and China.

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Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Doctor of Political Science, Prof., PIR Center Advisory Board member. Member of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences, Administrative Council of the Russian Association of Political Science, Committee for International Relations of the European Consortium for Political Research. Member of the editorial board of the international relations journal "Global Society", international editorial board of the French journal "Strategique".

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Dr. Bryan Wells joined the Ministry of Defence in 1988. He served as Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence 1989-1992, and held a range of other posts, including Deputy Director of NATO Policy 1997-1999. Following a secondment to the Lord Chancellor's Department (now Department of Constitutional Affairs) as Head of Administrative Justice in 1999-2002, he took up the post of Director, Counter-Proliferation and Arms Control at the MOD in August 2002. His responsibilities include policy on arms control treaties and export regimes, PSI, and particular countries of proliferation concern; he is also UK Commissioner to UNMOVIC.

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1975-1988 - Australian Foreign Service, postings in Stockholm, Hanoi, Brussels. 1988-1990 – Private Secretary, Australian Foreign Minister. 1992-1995 - Program Officer, International Peace and Security, The Ford Foundation, New York. Since 2000 - Assistant Professor, University of Southern California. Since 2006 - Principal Officer, Strategic Planning Unit, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations.

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Graduated from Graduate School of the English Department, Beijing Foreign Languages Institute in 1965. Before taking the current position, he was Director of Division of International Politics and Vice President of China Institute of international Studies. He also served as Political Counselor and Ministry-Counselor in the Chinese Embassy in the United States. He was a visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London. His research interests include the US diplomacy and defense, international security, disarmament and arms control, Asia-Pacific security, relations between the US and USSR (Russia), and Sino-US relations.

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Graduated frоm Moscow State Institute of International relations, PhD in Political Sciences (1998). In 1978-1979 worked at TASS news agency. Since 1983 till 1990 was in charge of TASS Department in Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In 1998 – 2001 worked in Russian Embassy in DPRK. In 1992-1998 and 2001 -2003 - Senior research fellow in Korean Studies Center of Far East Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. Published more than 50 research papers and participated in numerous conferences. The main research areas are Russian-Korean relations, security issues in Korean peninsula, DPRK political development.

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