PIR Center and CSIS conducted a series of joint seminars

MOSCOW, DECEMBER 24, 2020. PIR PRESS. “This was a journey. Thank you for taking the journey with us. You had so many good ideas, and we are looking forward to capturing those ideas and putting forward some new ideas”, ‒ Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, USA).

On November 12, November 18, December 2, and December 9, a series of joint seminars between PIR Center and the CSIS under the general title “Reducing Nuclear Risks During Great Power Competition” took place online. Dozens of Russian and American experts took part in the seminars.

Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center Director, and Heather Conley, CSIS Senior Vice President, made welcoming remarks. The series of events included four sessions:

  • “U.S.-Russia Arms Control Stocktaking Post-U.S. Election:  Where We Are and Where We Are Going?” (moderated by Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center Director);
  • “Broadening the Scope of Arms Control:  New Strategic Systems, “Non-Strategic” Arsenals, Conventional Long-Range Precision Strike, Hypersonic Missiles, Missile Defense and Space Capabilities” (moderated by Evgeny Buzhinsky, Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board);
  • “Strategic Stability, Nuclear Doctrines and Nuclear Risk Reduction”;
  • “Future Arms Control Architecture: How to Go Multilateral? What Does it Look Like and How Does the Russian-US Relationship Shape It?".

The seminar participants raised a wide range of issues. At the first seminar, the experts focused their attention on identifying positive and negative trends in the Russian-American dialogue on arms control. The participants assessed the prospects for the potential signing of a new Russian-American agreement on arms control. The second seminar addressed the issue of a possible broadening of the existing arms control framework. The experts analyzed the consequences of the proliferation of new types of weapons and assessed the prospects for developing alternative arms control mechanisms. At the third seminar, participants evaluated the state of strategic stability, identified sources of escalation risks in Russian-American relations, and presented their proposals on reducing nuclear risks. The focus of the fourth seminar was on the prospects for multilateral arms control. In particular, the experts raised the issue of the potential involvement of China and other permanent members of the UN Security Council in the dialogue.

During the seminars, short presentations were made by such experts as Evgeny Buzhinsky, Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board, Andrey Baklitsky, PIR Center Consultant, Dmitry Stefanovich, Research Fellow at the Center for International Security at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Andrey Malov, Member of the PIR Center Advisory Board, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Chairman of the Duma's Committee on Education, Dmitry Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, Alexey Arbatov, Head of the Center for International Security at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center Director.

PIR Center Director Vladimir Orlov and CSIS Senior Vice President Heather Conley took stock of the series of seminars. The PIR Center Director expressed hope that the dialogue would result in a concrete understanding of the areas in which effective cooperation can be developed. “We all seem to be interested in the final product, not in the process,” stated Vladimir Orlov.