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I believe that during the last months, we have been witnessing very serious changes inside Syria and around Syria. So, I will start with some truth inventory of the main developments that can help us to understand what is going on. The first issue that I would like to stress is that we are still wit...

Andrey Baklitskiy

The future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) may soon be clarified. There is little doubt in Tehran that US will withdraw from the JCPOA. PIR Center consultant Andrey Baklitskiy, who had recently visited Teheran for participating in Russian-Iranian Dialogue, shares his view on the fu...

On November 29 North Korea conducted yet another missile launch in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Earlier, on September 3 it made its sixth nuclear test that was much bigger than any other conducted before. The UN Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran undergoes sharp cri...

Anastasia Ponamareva, Sergey Ponamarev

On November 22 Russian president Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Sochi with president of Iran Hassan Rouhani and president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The talks were devoted to the Syrian settlement process, taking into account the joint work in the Astana format. As known, since the beginning ...

On November 13-17, 2017, Geneva hosted the first meeting of the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). The international community becomes more and more concerned about the prospect of fighting robots to be used in war, as well as of the terrifying idea of a super...

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Security Index journal Editorial Board

Brilev, Sergei B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Rossiya TV Channel
Position : Deputy Director
Biography :

Well-known journalist, and analyst. Has interviewed high-ranking government officials, politicians, and prominent public figures, including the Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev. His professional accomplishments have been celebrated by many awards. Winner of the TEFI-2001 national television prize as the best TV news journalist and winner of the Best Pen in Russia prize (2002). An active member of London's Foreign Press Association. Since 2004, member of the Russian Television Academy.

Dvorkin, Vladimir Z. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Chief Research Associate, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Professor. Major General (Ret.), Doctor of Technical Sciences, a top military expert, General Dvorkin was one of the main authors of the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces and Strategic Missile Forces policy documents. He participated as an expert in the preparation of the SALT II, INF, START I, and START II treaties for many years, and made a noticeable contribution to the formation of the Soviet and Russian position at the negotiations on the limitation and reduction of strategic weapons. He participated in the testing of the first Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines and the first submerged launches of ballistic missiles. He is an active member of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences, the Academy of Military Sciences, the Russian Engineering Academy, the International Engineering Academy, and the Academy of Cosmonautics. He is the author of more than 350 academic papers and numerous articles. His academic interests include missile dismantlement issues, combating terrorism, and nuclear safety and security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2003.

Eggert, Konstantin von image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Journalist
Biography :

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.

Evstafiev, Dmitry G. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Department of Integrated Communications, The Higher School of Economics
Position : Professor
Biography :

Doctor of Political Science. Prof., National Research University - Higher School of Economics, earlier - vice president of KROS Public Relations Development Company. Leading expert on the military and political facets of Russian national security, U.S. foreign and military policy, and regional aspects of nuclear nonproliferation. In 2001-2008 worked as Director of the Techsnabexport (TENEX) Public Relations Department and Deputy Director General of the National Laboratory for Foreign Policy. An experienced editor, he is a co-author of several books and monographs, and an author of several articles as well as publications in Russian and foreign academic and political press. In 1995-2003 he was a PIR Center senior research associate. PIR Center Security Index Editorial Board Member. 12/17

Fedorov, Yuri image
City : Rome, Italy
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : PIR Center Executive Board Member and Security Index Editorial Board Member
Biography :

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.

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

Maslin, Evgeny P. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Counsellor, Aspect-Conversion. PIR Center Executive Board member, Security Index Editorial Board Member
Biography :

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.

Mursaliev, Azer A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Editor-in-Chief of the Kommersant Publishing House, Security Index Editorial Board Member
Biography :

Renowned journalist, columnist, and analyst. Author of vivid, profound articles on contemporary political topics. One of the leading specialists in the sphere of energy security. Has already worked for Kommersant publications for about ten years, forming policy on the coverage of international affairs for one of the most authoritative and influential publications in Russia – the newspaper Kommersant. In 2005-2008 worked as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Kommersant newspaper.

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

Prikhodko, Sergei E. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Deputy Prime Minister, Chief of the Russian Government Staff, Security Index Editorial Board Member
Biography :

In 2004-2012 - Aide to the Russian President on foreign policy and international relations issues. Coordinates the work of the President's Foreign Policy Directorate. Former head of the Russian Presidential Administration's Foreign Policy Directorate and deputy head of the Russian Presidential Administration. In 1997-1998, aide to President Boris Yeltsin on international relations. Counselor of state, first class. Chevalier of the golden plaque of “Public Recognition” (1999).

Ryabkov, Sergey A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Russian Foreign Ministry
Position : Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. In 1982, graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Served at several positions both at the central office of the Russian Foreign Ministry and abroad. In 1995-1999, was the Head of the OSCE Unit of the Department of European Cooperation. In 1999 – 2001 – Senior Counsellor (political) of the Russian Embassy to the U.S. In 2002-2005, served as the Minister Counsellor (Deputy Chief of Mission) of the Russian Embassy to the U.S. In 2005-2008 – the Director of the Department of European Cooperation. Since 2008 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Security Index Journal Editorial Board member.

 

Seslavinskaya, Yuliya S. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Project Coordinator
Biography :

M.A. in Dual Degree Programme on International Security from Sciences Po Paris and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) (2016), B.A. in International Relations (MGIMO-University, 2014). Interned at PIR Center (2013), at the International Organisations Department of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2014) and at GR-Department of Rambler&Co (2016). Worked as reporter at the Russian State Duma for TASS News agency and as assistant to the editor-in-chief of "Security Index" Journal. "Kommersant" Journalism Academy Alumni (2017). Research interests: secessionism and world sovereignty system, social and political implications of digital technologies, the role of media in covering international globalisation processes. Speaks French and English. 03/18


Spassky, Nikolai N. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Deputy Director General, Rosatom State Corporation for Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation
Biography :

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.

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
Biography :

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: http://www.estepanova.net/

Yakushev, Michael V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PJSC "VimpelCom"
Position : Executive Vice-President for Cooperation with Public Authorities
Expertise :
International legal regulation in cybersecurity area
Information security
International aspects of Internet development
Internet identification
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

Mikhail is an experienced attorney and specialist in the field of information security. He is the  PayPal IRM Director, earlier - vice president of the Mail.ru Group and previously served as president of the Coordination Center of the Russian Top-Level Domain (RU), DST Advisors Managing Director. Mikhail focuses on information rights issues, including access to information. He has co-authored the drafts of most of Russia's legislation on information technology. Previously, he was employed at Microsoft Russia, where he was responsible for the corporation's cooperation with governmental authorities in Russia and other CIS states. Mikhail represented the Russian Federation in the G8 working group on legal issues, and in 2004, he was a member of the working group on Internet governance established by the U.N. Secretary-General. Mikhail served as the Chair of PIR Center's Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance under the Center's Advisory Board in 2012-2014. 

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