The first Timerbaev debates were held


ZVENIGOROD, OCTOBER 6, 2020. PIR PRESS. “I met Roland Mikhailovich, or I should rather say, Roland Makhmutovich Timerbaev, more than 50 years ago. He practically was my mentor, who made me a specialist in disarmament”, – Victor Slipchenko, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Envoy.

The agenda of the XX Anniversary PIR Center International School on Global Security includes new formats. One of them is Timebaev debates, an event dedicated to Roland Timerbaev’s (1927-2019) Birthday. Roland Timerbaev was an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, a member of the PIR Center Advisory Board, an outstanding diplomat, mentor, and teacher of the PIR Center team.

The key topic of the debates was “Will the world be more secure without nuclear weapons?” As Roland Timerbaev used to say, “We are just starting to understand and comprehend our nuclear past, and many nuclear history questions need to be answered before we will be able to build an image of our nuclear future”. The debates were moderated by Sergey Semenov, PIR Center’s Nonproliferation & Russia Program Coordinator. “The debates are named after Roland Timerbaev, a man who made a huge contribution to the development of the NPT and was at the origin of PIR Сenter’s creation. Roland Mikhailovich never perceived himself as a classic of nonproliferation, and his works as a dogma of the sphere. And the best way to honor his memory is not to engage in quotemanship, but to argue about the issue of nuclear weapons, which was the basis of Amb. Timerbaev's professional life”, he said.

School participants expressed absolutely opposite positions and argued, but they all were united by the same idea - the idea of a safe world. Victor Slipchenko, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Envoy, and Vladislav Chernavskikh, MGIMO-MIIS-PIR Dual Degree Master Program “WMD Nonproliferation, Nuclear Policy and Global Security” graduate also participated in the debates. Victor Slipchenko reminded everybody that back in 1990 when Soviet NGOs did not participate in international scientific conferences, Roland Timerbaev advocated the creation of a Soviet NGO that would deal with nuclear nonproliferation. Research fellows of the Ural Federal University Kamran Guseynov and Ekaterina Lapanovich took part in the debates virtually through Zoom.

Today when the ability to hear your opponents is highly in demand, Timerbaev debates are extremely relevant and important for training the new generation of specialists and excellent diplomatic negotiators just like Roland Timerbaev.

The Roland Timerbaev’s archive, which includes his works, monographs, periodicals, and other materials about the WMD and global security, was opened at the PIR Center’s office at the Diplomatic Academy. School participants also had the chance to get acquainted with the archive, which was partly brought to Zvenigorod.

The XX Anniversary School was also marked by the presentation of Amb. Timerbaev’s book called “Some thoughts and notes” redacted by his son Andrei Timerbaev. This book contains the diplomat's thoughts on nuclear weapons and the nuclear issue in general, about Russia and its future, about women and friends. This book is of great value for everyone, including experts in the field of nuclear nonproliferation, PIR Center employees who knew and deeply respected Roland Timerbaev, and School participants, young professionals who were not personally familiar with this outstanding man, however, now they can absorb his wisdom and learn something new from his books.