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18.10.2021

On October 4, PIR Center within the Dual Degree M.A. Program Global Security, Nuclear Policy and WMD Nonproliferation, developed jointly by MGIMO, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS, USA) and PIR Center, held an open lecture by Dr. William Potter, Director of James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (USA), on the topic: «The Evolving Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: Challenges and Opportunities». The event was held under the auspices of the PIR Center project to create a scientific and educational platform NONPROLIFERATION.WORLD, which will become a single scientific, educational and communication portal for the current and future generation of experts in the field of international security.

08.10.2021

The research is aimed at analyzing the military-technical aspects of strategic offensive arms control. By reviewing the nuclear doctrines and the available open-source data on the two countries’ respective nuclear arsenals, the author analyzes the impact of the New START Treaty implementation on the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals as well as discusses the potential implication of the two countries’ nuclear forces modernization programs on the future arms control agreements. The paper is structured into four sections, discussing the state and development of Russian and U.S. nuclear forces in 2011-2021, the two countries’ nuclear forces modernization plans and relevant discussions within expert and policymaking communities.

07.10.2021

AUKUS, Russian-American talks in Geneva, JCPOA, gender in international security, CTBTO - these and other topics were touched upon and explored by our authors in the new issue of the electronic journal "Yaderny Kontrol". 

Debates

Debates rules

General rules:

All participants are divided into three groups: affirmative and negative teams (2 speakers for each) and the audience. All participants will acquire the topic (resolution) of the upcoming debate in advance, but the debating groups positions will be provided only 45 minutes before the event start. Both groups prepare all cases in advance, i.e. speeches, including sets of arguments and supports (statistics, specific data, laws, regulations, rules, expert opinions) both for affirmative and negative teams. After the finishing of keynote delivery by the debaters, the discussion goes on between the audience members. They realize their vote twice – prior to the debates and after. The winning team is determined by the difference of voters for the position after first and second vote.

Time-limit:

Determination of the affirmative/negative positions in provided 45 minutes before the start of the first round.

  Participants

Time

Content

The first vote goes before the speakers performance

The speech of the first speaker of affirmative team

10 min.

Resolution definition, arguments declaration

 

The speech of the first speaker of negative team

10 min.

The reaction to the speech of affirmation team, negation team arguments declaration

The speech of the second speaker of affirmative team

10 min.

Revelation of the affirmation case, support arguments entering

The speech of the second speaker of negative team

10 min.

Revelation of the negative case, support arguments entering

Discussion between the audience members

30-40 min.

The discussion is hosted by an expert, attendees announce new arguments or present a new vision of the declared problem

Answer of affirmative team

 

5 min.

Affirmative team responds to the questions from the Audience or beats negative team arguments and restore their own

Answer of negative team

5 min.

Negative team responds to the questions from the Audience or beats afiirmative team arguments and restore their own

Break (by the decision of the moderator)

 

10 min.

 

Concluding speech of affirmative team

5 min.

The team summarizes the stated arguments in support of their position and indicates the negative team case fallacy

Concluding speech of negative team

5 min.

The team summarizes the stated arguments in support of their position and indicates the affirmative team case fallacy

Specification (detailing)

During the first four speeches, each speaker may be interrupted not more than twice by questions from the audience or from the opposite team. However, the speaker may like to take a question and answer it maximally brief, as well as able reject the appeal. In case if the speaker agrees to answer, he should not ask counter questions, thereby transforming the elaboration in the discussion.

In the last round (summarizing) can take be taken by both team members or by one of them according to prior mutual decision.

One minute before the expiration of each speech timekeeper notifies the speaker.

After the last round the moderator announces the start of voting, the results of which reveals which performance was more convincing for the audience.

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