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  • Affiliation : Associate Professor, Department of World Politics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
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  • Affiliation : Head, Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program, Carnegie Moscow Center
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PIR Center welcomes new members of Advisory Board

19.11.2015

MOSCOW, NOVEMBER 19, 2015. PIR PRESS – “Over the years of our close cooperation, I ascertain that discussions promoted by PIR Center with the involvement of experts from different areas, like national administration, academic and military communities as well as non-governmental pundits, contribute to nonproliferation initiatives and to countering new challenges and threats to peace and security. PIR Center’s brainchild is in high-demand, and the Advisory Board conclusions and recommendations are important for ensuring our country’s interests and security. I acknowledge my willingness to become a member of the Advisory Board and participate in its work” - Victor Vasiliev, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation to the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

PIR Center Advisory Board has undergone changes – new members accede to the Board after the invitation from PIR Center’s founder Dr. Vladimir Orlov.

Ivan Safranchuk, Associate Professor of MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Editor-in-Chief of “Great Game: Politics, Business, Security in Central Asia” magazine continue his cooperation with PIR Center as the member of the Advisory Board. Dr.  Safranchuk is one of leading Central Asia and Afghanistan experts in Russia. In 1997-2001, he was a research associate of PIR Center and PIR Center “Nuclear Arms Control” project director. Currently Dr.  Safranchuk is an author of the Security Index Journal and a lecturer of the PIR Center’s International School on Global Security.

Victor Vasiliev, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation to the Collective Security Treaty Organization, joined the Advisory Board. “Over the years of our close cooperation, I ascertain that discussions promoted by PIR Center with the involvement of experts from different areas, like national administration, academic and military communities as well as non-governmental pundits, contribute to nonproliferation initiatives and to countering new challenges and threats to peace and security. PIR Center’s brainchild is in high-demand, and the Advisory Board conclusions and recommendations are important for ensuring our country’s interests and security. I acknowledge my willingness to become a member of the Advisory Board and participate in its work” – Ambassador Vasiliev stated.

Alexander Gabuev, Senior associate and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, accession to the Board will facilitate PIR Center's studies in the regional security field. In 2007-2014, Mr. Gabuev worked at the Kommersant publishing house; he covered Russian policy in Asian and CIS countries, was a member of Dmitry Medvedev’s president press corps; was a deputy editor-in-chief of Kommersant-Vlast magazine and member of the editorial board of the Kommersant publishing house.

PIR Center’s project “Iranian nuclear program: Russia’s interests” will be strengthened with the following new Advisory Board members’ expertise: Advisor to the Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Asghar Soltanieh and Director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (Tehran) Kayhan Barzegar.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh is a reputed Iranian diplomat, former Ambassador of Iran to the IAEA and Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organizations in Vienna. He was the chief negotiator in numerous international events on disarmament and international security, including the NPT RevCon and International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

Kayhan Barzegar has a profound expertise in nonproliferation in the Middle East. He also is a faculty member and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University (Tehran).

Both experts in recent years were visiting Moscow on invitation of PIR Center, spoke at the think tank’s venue and contributed to a more balanced understanding of the current state and prospects of Russian-Iranian dialogue on international security.

Leading professionals in nuclear security joined the Advisory Board, namely Sharon Squassoni, Director and Senior Fellow, Proliferation prevention program at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Sergey Mostinskiy, Advisor to the President at E4 Group, and an independent researcher Dmitry Kovchegin.

Sharon Squassoni served in the Nonproliferation Bureau and the Political-Military Bureau at the Department of State and in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, advised Congress as a senior specialist in weapons of mass destruction at the Congressional Research Service. Ms. Squassoni is a member of Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. She was a member of Sustainable Partnership with Russia Group, formed by PIR Center on the day when the New START Treaty was signed.

Sergey Mostinskiy in 1989-2003 was an advisor to the USSR delegation (since 1990 - of Russian delegation) on military security and disarmament issues, Vienna, a member of Russian delegation in Geneva Conference on restriction of conventional armament, an advisor of the Permanent Representative of Russia to NATO in Brussels. As a Director of the Department of International Cooperation of TENEX he participated in the Gstaad Process – an informal forum organized by PIR Center and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy to establish a tripartite dialogue between Russia, the USA and Europe.

Dmitry Kovchegin is a former PIR Center’s Research Fellow, in 1990s he stood at the origins of the “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program and cooperates with the PIR Center from then onwards. Currently he is a consultant at PIR Center. Mr. Kovchegin was a Research Fellow at the Belfer center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. In 2004-2012 he was a Project Consultant for the Russian-US program of cooperation in improving the security, accounting and controls at Russian Nuclear facilities at the Moscow office of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc

Knowledge and experience of cybersecurity experts that joined the Advisory Board – namely, Elena Volchinskaya, Chief data protection law officer at the “Center of innovation and information technologies” foundation, the Federal chamber of notaries; Oleg Demidov, PIR Center consultant and a member of the Research Advisory Network under the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG RAN); Mikhail Medrish, head of Internet Support Foundation, Coordination Center for Russian CC TLDs Board Member; Andrey Yarnykh, Head of Strategic Projects, Kaspersky Lab – will allow PIR Center propel the research under the “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security” project to the next level.

Elena Volchinskaya in 1995-2012 consulted members of the Committee for Security at the State Duma, drafted legislation in cybersecurity, privacy and IT-sector.

Oleg Demidov formed PIR Center’s program “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security” and was its director. In 2015 he produced a report “Global Internet Governance and International Security in the Field of the ICT Use” for PIR Center that was presented in Geneva (the report is to be published in Russian by the end of 2015). Mr. Demidov has published widely, and is a frequent commentator for Russian and international media outlets.

Mikhail Medrish is one of the most authoritative members of the Russian Internet community. He worked at the biggest Russian companies of the ICT-sector: Combellga, MTU-Intel, Akado-Stolitsa, Stream and Stream TV. Mr. Medrish was the technical leader of the first Russian project of mass broadband Internet access services and IP TV, took an active part in the drafting of Russia’s first Internet normative documents on data transmission and telematics and the elaboration of technical requirements to LESS online.

Andrey Yarnykh apart from working at Kaspersky Lab chairs the Commission on Information Security and Cybercrime of the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). He is a board member of the Regional non-governmental organization “Internet technology Center”.

“I am glad to welcome such virtuous experts in the Advisory Board. From the very foundation of the PIR Center the Advisory Board was giving a big boost in academic and practical understanding of the international security processes, helped us to chart a course – where should we go further. Though it is not just an aid for out projects and endeavors, it is an inspiring academic flower garden, especially for the young PIR Center fellows. Today 72 individual and 10 corporate members from 15 countries and two international organizations form an indispensable amalgam of knowledge and experience” – PIR Center founder, Dr. Vladimir Orlov says.

PIR Center welcomes the new Advisory Board members. Recommendations, experience and knowledge of the experts will grant an invaluable help for organization development and will lend a weighty contribution to finding new prospective research and education dimensions of the Center.

Additional information on the Advisory Board you can find on the PIR Center website. For comments from PIR Center's experts, please, contact us by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15, fax: +7 (495) 987 19 14.

             

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