The Anniversary XX PIR Center International School on Global Security 2020 is open for applications


MOSCOW. FEBRUARY 1, 2020. PIR-PRESS. – The Anniversary XX PIR Center International School on Global Security 2020 is open for applications. The School will take place from 6 to 14 June in Zvenigorod, Moscow region.

The Anniversary XX PIR Center International School for the young specialists is to be held from 6 to 14 June 2020. The School is organized by the PIR Center in cooperation with the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The participants will get first-hand information about key events and trends in traditional areas of international security, understand in detail new challenges and threats, consider the features of the formation of the Russian approaches and those of other countries and international organizations to solve regional and global problems.

"Of all the educational programs in which I have participated, the PIR Center School is distinguished, in my opinion, by a more in-depth and versatile educational activities program, a wide range of topics. The lecturers of the School are high-class professionals, major experts in their research fields. Even though the number of participants in the School is quite wide – from civil servants and experts to students – there is no large gap between them, since all students have demonstrated a high level of qualification. The organization of the program can be estimated as "excellent", – Timur Shanava, the School 2019 participant, Counselor to the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia said.

Key topics for the International School 2020:

  • WMD nonproliferation and nuclear threat reduction – global and regional agenda. Future of the NPT. WMD in the Middle East. North Korea and security in East Asia. The Iran deal.
  • New challenges of chemical and biological safety. Future of the CWC, OPCW and BWC.
  • Arms control and new arms race. START, INF, missile defence, weapons in outer space.
  • Digital transformation, global Internet governance, information security and cyber security.
  • Emerging technologies – real and mythical opportunities and threats (artificial intelligence, lethal autonomous weapons).
  • International law in new technological and political realities.
  • New trends in terrorism and military conflicts.
  • Russia and its neighbors, Europe, Middle East, Central Asia and Afghanistan.
  • Russian foreign policy and defence priorities. Russia and the West. Russia and the East. Russia and the World.

25 diplomats, researchers, military officers, journalists, civil servants, PhD students, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the School, which is open for everyone from all over the world who is actively interested in global and regional security issues.
The School is an excellent opportunity for those who study Russia and the Russian language abroad for a deep immersion in a linguistic, cultural and professional environment established by leading Russian experts in the field of international relations.

Working language of the School is Russian. Participants should be fluent in both Russian and English.

The deadline for the submission of applications is April 6, 2020.

Detailed information on the International School on Global Security 2020 could be found on the project's website

The PIR Center International School on Global Security 2020 is held with the support of the Presidential Grants Foundation, the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, and the "Russkiy Mir" Foundation.

On all questions regarding the School, please contact the PIR Center Educational Program Director Yulia Sych by telephone +7 (499) 940 09 83 or by e-mail