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“The joint comprehensive plan of action is contributing to regional and global peace; it needs the support of all parties to the agreement. We were unanimous that although the deal is not perfect, there appears to be no chance of securing a better one at present. It looks highly unlikely that either side could be compelled to enter a new negotiation which would lead to a different result. It is this or no deal in the near future. And the latter would bring us back to a path that could easily lead to miscalculation and a new disaster in the Middle East”, – Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Special Advisor to the PIR Center, a member of the GRF International Task Force.
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“Both strategic stability and global security rely heavily on confidence. The inherent dual-use nature of all emerging technologies can undermine this confidence and has the potential to trigger arms races”, Jarmo Sareva, Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).
International Summer School on Global Security 2013
International Summer School on Global Security 2013 will take place June 30 – July 13, 2013.
The PIR Center Summer School is a unique platform where young politicians, diplomats, military, civil servants, journalists, scholars, and students expand the scope of their professional knowledge and further their education. The participants are those who today work in national and international security, and tomorrow will be making important decisions and forming foreign end international policy.
Participants receive the most complete information on key events and tendencies in international security straight from the source, become familiar with the details of new challenges and threats, and examine the particular qualities of the approaches taken by Russia, other countries, and international organizations to solve regional and global problems.
Key topics for the 2013 Summer School:
* CIS countries in new domains of international security
* Technology of the future, global security and development. The influence of information, military, energy, and other technologies on world politics and economics.
* Challenges of the 21st century facing multilateral cooperation in regional and international security. Security mechanisms in Eurasia. Russia-NATO and CIS countries -NATO relations.
* WMD nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament – sustainability of existing regimes and the search new forms of international cooperation.
* Cyberspace and the internet: a new dimension of international politics and global security. Cyberweapons of today and tomorrow.
* Nuclear energy in new regions and nuclear security threats.
* Outer space for war and peace. The future of outer space exploration. Issues surrounding the military use of space.
* International crime: battle with corruption, money laundering and terrorism financing, human trafficking, drug and arms trafficking, and cybercrime.
* The dynamics and perspective of Russian foreign and defense policy.
* The Iran situation – effect on security in the CIS and around the world.
* Security in Central Asia and the situation in Afghanistan.
* Forming the security architecture in East and Southeast Asia
* Russian-American relations – in search of a new modus operandi.
The courses include lectures, seminars, situational analysis, foresight, and debates.
Students will have the opportunity to discuss the most pressing issues in Russian foreign policy with senior officials from the Security Council, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Russian Federal Assembly. From 2010-2012, summer school presenters included Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly I. Antonov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey A. Ryabkov, Deputy Director General of Rosatom Nikolay N. Spasski, and others. Senior representatives from CSTO, NATO, and other international organizations are also a part of the Summer School program.
Constructive meetings with well-known scholars and journalists are also included in the framework of the Summer School program. There will also be two thematic excursions, as well as a reception with PIR Center experts and alumni of PIR Center educational programs.
Participants. The Summer School accepts 25 diplomats, officers, civil servants, international relations scholars, journalists, graduate students, and undergraduate students under the age of 35 years from Russia, as well as countries in the CIS, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Lecturers. Leading Russian and foreign experts, representatives from federal agencies, research centers, and think tanks who study international relations, including MGIMO Associate Professor Ildar A. Akhtamzyan, PIR Center Senior Vice President Evgeny P. Buzhinsky, the Russian Energy Agency Academic Director Leonid M. Grigoriev, Chief Research Associate at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) Natalia I. Kalinina, Chair of the State Duma’s Committee on Education Vyacheslav A. Nikonov, PIR Center President Vladimir A. Orlov, CEO of “Group-IB” Ilia K. Sachkov, Leading Research Associate at IMEMO Ekaterina A. Stepanova, Member of IMEMO Directorate and former Director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (1996-2000) Vyacheslav I. Trubnikov, PIR Center Executive Board Chairman Michael V. Yakushev, and others.
The Summer School will take place is the hotel “Gallery” (Abramtsevo, Sergievo-Posad region, Moscovskaya oblast). The PIR Center will cover accommodation and meal costs and provide any necessary handouts and literature. Travel to/from Moscow and visa expenses are covered by the participant or his/her organization. The PIR Center can consider covering travel expenses for participants from Central Asia and other regions on an individual basis.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
Applicants for the 2013 International Summer School on Global Security should submit the following documents to the organizers:
Resume (in Russian or in English, with first and last name in both languages);
* Letter of Recommendation from your organization’s director or your advisor (in either Russian or English);
* Cover Letter (in Russian), in which you should explain your goals for participation in the program.
The organizers may ask to interview the candidate (in person or by phone)
The candidate’s resume should contain the following information:
* Last name, first name, patronymic;
* Date of birth;
* Education (including the name of the institute and year of graduation);
* Current position & place of work or study;
Previous work experience;
* Area of expertise;
* List of conferences attended, titles of presentations;
* List of publications, plus text of one publication in electronic form or with a link to the text online;
* Knowledge of foreign languages;
* Contact information;
* Photograph (in an electronic file, to post on the site if selected to participate)
Candidates for participation in the program should not be older than 35 years as of July1, 2013.
Please send applications to the Director of the PIR Center Education & Training Program Albert Farkhatovich Zulkharneev by email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The organizers will confirm that the application has been received.
The working language of the Summer School is Russian. Participants should be fluent in Russian.
Deadline for submitting an application is May 15, 2013.
The PIR Center will cover accommodation and meal costs and provide any necessary handouts and literature. Travel to/from Moscow and visa expenses are covered by the participant or his/her organization. The PIR Center can consider covering travel expenses for participants from Central Asia and other regions on an individual basis.
For more information about the Summer School, please contact the Director of the PIR Center Education and Training Program Albert Zulkharneev by phone +7 (495) 987-1915, fax +7 (495) 987-1914, or email email@example.com.