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In an Vladimir Orlov's interview, director of PIR Center, with Jorge Ferrer, a journalist of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the issues of the risks of using nuclear weapons against the background of the Ukrainian conflict are touched upon. We also talked about how the Chekhov rifle differs from nu...

PIR Center conducted an interview with Professor Mustafa Kibaroglu, Ph.D in International Relations, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences at the MEF University in Istanbul, a PIR Center Advisory Board member. We discussed the possibility of exporting U.S. nuclear tec...

Today, on May 20, Colonel General, PIR Center Board Member, Advisor to ANO «Aspect-conversion» Evgeny Petrovich Maslin would have turned 85 years old. He was going to celebrate this anniversary as beautifully and cheerfully as he did 5 years ago, when he celebrated his 80th birthday... On this speci...

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.

 

Yesterday Russia tes...

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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Kmentt, Alexander image
City : Vienna
Affiliation : Director for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Nuclear disarmament
Biography :

Ambassador Alexander Kmentt is an Austrian diplomat with a specialization on non-proliferation and disarmament issues. He has previously served as a Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Previous disarmament responsibilities in the Austrian Foreign Ministry include Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and Deputy Director for Disarmament Affairs. During the Austrian EU Presidency in 2006, he chaired the EU Working Group on Non-Proliferation. Alexander Kmentt holds a Law Degree from the University of Graz and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Cambridge University, UK.

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

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

Tóth, Tibor image
Affiliation : Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).
Biography :

 

Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO). Served as Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva and the Conference on Disarmament since 2003, a position he had also held from 1990 to 1993. In the years from 2001 to 2003, he was Ambassador-at-Large for Nonproliferation and Critical Technologies with the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1997 to 2001, he was the Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN and other international organizations in Vienna. From 1997 to 2001 he served as Governor on the Board of Governors of the IAEA. He participated in all follow-up conferences of the Biological Weapons Convention and in the NPT Review Conferences in 1980, 1985, 1990 and 2005. From 1982 to 1992 he took part in the negotiations of the Chemical Weapons Convention and played a crucial role in the Preparatory Commission for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from 1993 to 1997. Since the establishment of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO in November 1996 and through 2004, he was the Chairperson of Working Group A, the subsidiary body of the Commission responsible for budgetary and administrative matters.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Zulkharneev, Albert F. image
City : Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Affiliation : Rossotrudnichestvo
Position : Deputy Head of the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo - Russian House in Bishkek
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Foreign policy of the Russian Federation
International security policy of the Russian Federation
Сivil and expert diplomacy
Biography :

Since December 2021, Deputy Head of the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo - Russian House in Bishkek. In 2019 – 2021 Deputy Head of the Projects’ Department at Executive Office of the All-Russia People's Front (ONF). 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 in 2019-2021, then Advisor to Director of PIR Center. In 2015 – 2020 Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Graduated from PhD studies at the Faculty of World Politics and World Economy of the National Research University - Higher School of Economics. In 2008 graduated with Master degree from the International Relations Department of the Ural State University and got Master degree in History from Central European University (2007, Budapest, Hungary). In 2003-2005 participated in international courses of Farsi language and literature. In August - December 2011 scholar of the Program for teaching and research at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.  Participant of sessions of the Preparatory Committee for the NPT Review Conference 2012-2013 and 2017 - 2020 and the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The organizer of the PIR Center International School on Global Security, the programs for improving professional skills of Central Asian specialists, the course on global security of the international session of the youth forum "Seliger",  the joint educational course of the PIR Center and MGIMO "nonproliferation of WMD" and a Dual Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies (MGIMO - Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey - PIR Center). Member of PIR Center Advisory Board. 12/21

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