RF President approves the Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation.



On June 25, at 20:00 in Zvenigorod (Moscow region), as part of the Maslin Fest, the PIR Community is holding the First Charity Auction in support of the PIR Center Education & Training Program. Among the lots on display: unique materials from the 1990s, bibliographic and research rarities from our storerooms, books and magazines with autographs of the authors. To participate in the auction, it is enough to register for the Maslin Fest.


On June 22, 2022, the XXI International School on Global Security for young professionals from Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was visited by Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia. He noticed the fundamental theses of the Russian foreign policy doctrine and assessed the current situation of the Russian Federation on the world stage and prospects for the development of relations with partners.


In an Vladimir Orlov's interview, director of PIR Center, with Jorge Ferrer, a journalist of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the issues of the risks of using nuclear weapons against the background of the Ukrainian conflict are touched upon. We also talked about how the Chekhov's gun differs from nuclear weapons, whether Russia will use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, whether European children can sleep peacefully now, American or Russian nuclear weapons pose a great danger to global security, whether there is reason for optimism today and which race will replace the current unwise human race.


On June 19, the official opening of the XXI International School on Global Security took place. The director of PIR Center Vladimir Orlov and the coordinator of Education & Training Program of the PIR Center Elena Karnaukhova addressed the students of the School with a welcoming speech. He stressed the importance of holding face-to-face scientific and educational events and suggested to forget about "zooms" for a while, and tune in to active, live communication. The participants of the School will have an exciting 9 days full of discussions on pressing issues of global security.

90th anniversary of Amb. Yuri Nazarkin

On March 12, Amb. Yuri Nazarkin, member of PIR Center’s Advisory Board, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR and Russia, Professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, celebrated his 90th anniversary.

Nazarkin’s services to Russia’s security and prosperity are hard to overstate. Yuri Konstantinovich devoted almost forty years of his life to serving the Soviet and Russian state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and later in the Russian Security Council. Candidate of Historical Sciences and Doctor of International Relations with a specialization in the history of disarmament, Amb. Nazarkin made an invaluable contribution to the development of a number of international treaties to limit or ban weapons of mass destruction. In particular, Yuri Nazarkin took part in negotiations that led to the signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, and the Seabed Arms Control Treaty.

In 1989–1991, Amb. Nazarkin led the Soviet delegation in negotiations with the United States on nuclear and space weapons, which resulted in the conclusion in 1991 of the START Treaty. Yuri Konstantinovich shared his experience in the book “On Diplomatic Routine and Other Stories”, published by MGIMO, and more recently in an open-access article for “Russia in Global Affairs.”

While living in Switzerland, which is the center of international meetings and negotiations in the field of nonproliferation, disarmament and security, Yuri Konstantinovich continues to promote Russian-American dialogue on nuclear issues. After retiring from civil service, Amb. Nazarkin has worked at various times at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces, the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations. One of Amb. Nazarkin’s recent papers on the future of Russian-American relations in the field of arms control is also available on PIR Center’s website.

PIR Center is grateful to Amb. Nazarkin for many years of cooperation. We are glad to have such an experienced mentor and senior comrade who has made an invaluable personal contribution to the modern international security architecture.