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  • Position : Advisor to Director
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Affiliation : Rector of Moscow's State Institute of International Relations
  • Affiliation : Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
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Memorandum of Understanding signed between MGIMO University, PIR Center and Monterey Institute of International Studies

20.11.2014

MOSCOW, NOVEMBER 20, 2014. PIR PRESS – «I believe that the choice of the subject of the programme is of particular importance at this day and age. I am certain that through academic partnership we shall make our invaluable contribution to increased global security at various levels», – MGIMO Rector  Anatoly Torkunov.

On October 25, 2014 in Montreux (Switzerland), MGIMO University, the PIR Center and the Monterey Institute of International Studies signed a Memorandum of Understanding, confirming their interest in developing academic cooperation. This event inaugurated trilateral cooperation on an effort to develop a Dual-Degree Master’s Program in Non-Proliferation Studies.

The signing ceremony was attended by Director of PIR Center Vladimir Orlov, Rector of MGIMO  Anatoly Torkunov and Head of the Russian Studies Program of the Monterey Institute Anna Vasilieva.

Apart from signing the Memorandum, substantial issues related to the proposed launch of a Dual-Degree Program were discussed by the University Director for Master’s Training Andrey Baykov, two Vice-Rectors of MGIMO Alexandra Khudaykulova and Vladimir Morozov, Executive Director of PIR Center Albert Zulkharneev. William Potter, the Director of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) participated in the event via video conference.

In his welcome speech, MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov underscored: «I believe that the choice of the subject of the programme is of particular importance at this day and age. I am certain that through academic partnership we shall make our invaluable contribution to increased global security at various levels».

The program will be designed so that students will have an opportunity to study in both Moscow and Monterey. The partners also will seek opportunities to arrange internships for students in the program in the principal locations for international decision making in the field, such as in Geneva and Vienna.

Beginning in 2013, PIR Center and MGIMO organize a joint module “WMD Nonproliferation and International Security” for the English-taught MGIMO-University M.A. program “Governance and Global Affairs”. Lectures and seminars for students are conducted in English by leading Russian experts in the field of nonproliferation, nuclear energy, arms control, international and regional security.

For any questions related to PIR Center Educational and Training Program please contact PIR Center Projects coordinator Ekaterina Sizikova by email sizikova at pircenter.org , phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or fax +7 (495) 987 19 14.

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