Initiative of the Russian President Vladimir Putin on the creation of global infrastructure to provide equal access of all interested parties to nuclear energy (EurAsEC summit)



The Security Index Occasional Paper Series came out with the new report "Future of arms control: views from Russia" that consists of two articles: “U.S.-Russia arms control: where we are and where we are going” by Evgeny Buzhinskiy and “Broadening the scope of arms control: new strategic systems, “non strategic” arsenals, conventional long-range precision strike, hypersonic missiles, missile defense and space capabilities” by Dmitry Stefanovich.


On January 19, 2021, Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Director of the PIR Center, gave an interview to the Security Index journal. He shared his views on the great potential of the Russian-US cooperation in the framework of the NPT, threats of nuclear proliferation, suggesting how to make the P5 framework practically useful, and what is the role of China, the United Kingdom and India in the nonproliferation regime.


PIR Center experts Vladimir Orlov and Sergey Semenov discuss the prospects for the Russian-American dialogue on arms control.

Biographies of the US-Russian high-level working group on the Iranian nuclear issue

Gawdat Bahgat

Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies

Dr. Gawdat Bahgat is professor of National Security Affairs at the National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Study. He is an Egyptian-born specialist in Middle Eastern policy, particularly Egypt, Iran, and the Gulf region. His areas of expertise include energy security, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, counter-terrorism, Arab-Israeli conflict, North Africa, and American foreign policy in theMiddle East. Bahgat’s career blends scholarship with national security practicing. Before joining NESA in December 2009, he taught at different universities. Bahgat published eight books including Energy Security (2011), International Political Economy (2010), Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East (2007), Israel and the Persian Gulf (2006), and American Oil Diplomacy (2003). His work has been translated to several foreign languages. He served as an advisor to several governments and oil companies.


Andrey Baklitskiy

“Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Coordinator, PIR Center

Graduated from the Faculty of the International Relations of the Urals Federal University. Holds specialist degree in regional studies and simultaneous interpreter diploma. In the years 2008-2009 took a course at the Universityof Seville (Spain). Member of the Russian and International Conferences on international security and nuclear nonproliferation. Participated in 2013 Preparatory Committee for the NPT Review Conference. Mr. Baklitskiy is the editor of PIR Center White Paper "Ten Steps toward a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East". In 2011-2013 PIR Center Internet Project Director. PIR Center Information Program Director since 2013. Mr. Baklitskiy also coordinates PIR Center Project “Shaping Russia’s Agenda for BRICS”.  The sphere of scientific interest includes international security, bigger Middle East, nuclear energy sector and nonproliferation.


Barry Blechman

Co-founder, Stimson Center

PhD in international relations. Dr. Barry M. Blechman is the co-founder of the Henry L. Stimson Center and a Stimson Distinguished Fellow focused on nuclear disarmament. He was also the founder and president of DFI International Inc., a research and consulting company in Washington, DC, from 1984 until its sale in 2007. An expert on political/military policies, military strategy, and defense budgets and industries, he has worked in the Departments of State and Defense and at the Office of Management and Budget, and is a frequent consultant to the US Government on a wide range of subjects. Among other boards and commissions, Dr. Blechman served on the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States, the Defense Policy Board, the Mayor’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program Advisory Committee in the District of Columbia, and the Department of State Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy.


Elena Chernenko

Foreign Policy Observer, Kommersant Daily

Ph.D. in History. Elena Chernenko graduated from the Moscow State University in 2005. From 2003-2006, she worked as a correspondent for the Germany desk and as a radio broadcast host for the Russian government’s radio broadcasting service Voice of Russia. She has also been a correspondent for the newspaper Moskauer Deutsche Zeitung, the wire service EurActiv, and the magazine Russian Newsweek. Currently Elena Chernenko writes for the international section of the Russian daily Kommersant. Elena’s professional interests include information security, WMD nonproliferation, arms control and disarmament, and nuclear energy development. She speaks Russian, English, German, and French. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2009. Member of the PIR Center Advisory Board Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012. Elena is an alumna of PIR Center’s 2012 Summer School on Global Security.


Roger Cohen

Foreign Correspondent, New York Times

M.A. in History and French from Oxford University.  Roger Cohen is a British-born journalist and author, and a regular columnist for The New York Times and International Herald Tribune, and has worked as a foreign correspondent in fifteen different countries. In 2006 Mr. Cohen was appointed the International Herald Tribune’s first editor-at-large and also held the post of international affairs columnist, writing the «Globalist» column since January 2004. At the same time, he became The New York Times’s International writer-at-large and had been foreign editor for The New York Times since 2002. Previously, Mr. Cohen had been bureau chief of the newspaper’s Berlin bureau, a correspondent in its Paris bureau, the Balkan bureau chief and the newspaper’s European economic correspondent based in Paris. In 2009 he was named a columnist of The New York Times.


Charles Ferguson

President, Federation of American Scientists

Ph.D. in physics. Dr. Ferguson has been the President of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) since January 1, 2010. Dr. Ferguson is also an Adjunct Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and an Adjunct Lecturer in the National Security Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to FAS, he worked as the Philip D. Reed Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Ferguson was the Scientist-in-Residence in the Monterey Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where he co-wrote with William Potter the book «The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism».  He serves on the advisory committee for Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Energy and Engineering Sciences Directorate. Dr. Ferguson has worked as a physical scientist in the Office of the Senior Coordinator for Nuclear Safety at the U.S. Department of State. He is the Co-Chairman of the U.S.-Japan Nuclear Working Group. 


Chas Freeman

President Emeritus, Middle East Policy Council

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. is the President Emeritus, Middle East Policy Council. He began his diplomatic career inIndia.  Chas Freeman directed Chinese Affairs at the Department of State from 1979 to 1981, after serving on the advance team that opened the US Liaison Office in Beijingin 1973. He was Chargé and Deputy Chief of Mission at the American embassy in Beijing from 1981 to 1984 and in Bangkok from 1984 to 1986. From 1986 to 1989, Amb. Freeman served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. He became Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 1989. From 1993 to 1994 he was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. Chas Freeman served concurrently as Co-Chair of the United States China Policy Foundation, President of the Middle East Policy Council, and Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council of the United States, and as a Trustee of the Institute for Defense Analysis.  He is currently a member of the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Colin Kahl

Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program, Center for New American Security

Ph.D. in political science. Dr. Colin H. Kahl is a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) focusing on Middle East security and defense policy and an Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. From February 2009 through December 2011, Dr. Kahl served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for theMiddle East. In June 2011, Dr. Kahl was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service by Secretary Robert Gates. From 2000-2005 and 2007 Dr. Kahl was a professor of international relations in the political science department at the University of Minnesota. In 2005-2006 he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow working on stability operations and counterinsurgency at the Department of Defense. In 1997-1998 he was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies.


Roger Kangas

Academic Dean and a Professor of Central Asian Studies, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies

Ph.D. in Political Science. Dr. Kangas is the Academic Dean and a Professor of Central Asian Studies at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. Previously Dr. Kangas served as a Professor of Central Asian Studies at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security; Deputy Director of the Central Asian Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); Central Asian Course Coordinator at the Foreign Service Institute for the U.S. Department of State; Research Analyst on Central Asian Affairs for the Open Media Research Institute (OMRI); and as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Kangas has been an advisor to the Combatant Commands, NATO/ISAF, the US Air Force Special Operations School, American Councils, USIA, and other US government agencies on issues relating to Central and South Asia, Russia, and the South Caucasus. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.


Fyodor Lukyanov

Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs journal, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy

Chairman of the Presidium of Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, member of Presidential Council on Human Rights and Civic Society Institutions. Graduated from Moscow State University in 1991 and holds a degree in Germanic Languages. He is the editor of the Russia in Global Affairs journal, published in partnership with the Foreign Affairs in the Russian and English languages. He has worked as a correspondent, commentator and editor for numerous Russian printed and electronic media, he is an international columnist with the Vedomosti and Kommersant daily, and online source; leading national radio stations and TV channels. Fyodor Lukyanov is also a columnist for Al-Monitor. His monthly “Policy line” column appears in The Moscow Times and “Geopolitics” column in Russian edition of Forbes magazine. As commentator of Russian foreign policy he is widely contributing to the most influential media in the U.S., Europe and China. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2010.

Patricia Moore Nicholas

Project manager, Carnegie Corporation of New York

MPA from Marist College. Ms. Nicholas has longstanding familiarity and interest in the nonprofit sector. She has served as co-chair of the Peace and Security Funders Group, an international affinity association of foundations, charitable trusts and philanthropists who fund in the field; and contributes regularly to the group Women in International Security. She helped establish the International Grantmakers Network of PhilanthropyNew York, a regional association of grantmakers, and currently sits on its board. In addition, she has worked as a consultant for the New York-based Center for Nonprofit Success and takes part in the annual mentoring activities of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group to promote the global engagement and participation of women in international affairs. Ms. Nicholas’s developed and implemented Carnegie Corporation’s grantmaking program on biological weapons nonproliferation, she also remains involved in the Corporation’s nuclear weapons grantmaking.


Vitaly Naumkin

Director, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

Ph.D. in History, Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1968, he graduated from the Moscow State University. In 1966-1967, he passed internship at Cairo University and American University in Cairo, Egypt.  He worked at the Graduate School of Social Sciences in the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen. Twenty years of his career was devoted to the Institute of Oriental Studies under the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he was the Head of Department of the Arab Countries, then served as Deputy Director of the Institute, and throughout 1994-2009 – Head of the Center for Arab Studies. He is also President of a non-profit NGO “Center for Strategic and Political Studies,” Editor-in-chief of the Vostok/ORIENS journal, member of the advisory Scientific Council under the Security Council of Russia. He leads the Department of Regional Studies at the Faculty of World Politics at the Moscow State University.


Vladimir Orlov

President, PIR Center

Ph.D. in Political Science. Founder (1994) and President of PIRCenter. Since 2006 he heads the Center's European branch based in Geneva, Centre russe d'etudes politiques. Dr. Orlov is a member of the PIR Center's Executive Board; an Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal since 1994 (until 2007 published under the name Nuclear Control (Yaderny Kontrol)). He is a member of the Russian Pugwash Committee under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences; a member of the Russian National Committee for BRICS Studies Research Council; a member of the Monterey Nonproliferation Strategy Group; a member of the Trialogue Club International which he founded in 1993; a member of the Washington Quarterly Editorial Board; a member of International Nuclear Energy Academy (INEA); a member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SUPR) since 2009; a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy.


Thomas Pickering

Vice Chairman, Hills & Company

Ambassador Pickering is the vice chairman of Hills & Co. He entered on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1959, and later served in the Naval Reserve to the grade of Lieutenant Commander. Between 1959 and 1961, Pickering served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the State Department, in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He also served as executive secretary of the Department of State and special assistant to Secretaries William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger from 1973 to 1974. Amb. Pickering served as ambassador and representative to the United Nations in New York in 1989-1992. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he has served as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeriaand the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Ambassador Pickering served as U.S. Undersecretary of State for political affairs since May 1997. He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.


Vladimir Voronkov

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna

Ph.D. in History. In 1975 he graduated from Moscow State University. Since 1989 he works in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, occupying different diplomatic posts in Russia and abroad. In 2000-2002 he was the Minister Counsellor in the Russian Embassy inPoland. In 2002-2005 Vladimir I. Voronkov worked as Deputy Director of Personnel Department (MFA, Russia). In 2005-2008 he performed duties of Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federatio nto OSCE in Vienna, Austria. He held the position of Director of Department of European Cooperation at the Ministry of the Russian Foreign Affairs. Since 2011 Vladimir Voronkov is Permanent Representative of theRussian Federationto the United Nations Office and other International Organizations inVienna.  PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2009.


Jim Walsh

Head of Security Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ph.D. Dr. Walsh is an expert in international security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program. He was a Research Associate of Harvard University's Managing the Atom Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. His research and writings focus on international security, and in particular, topics involving weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and the Middle East.  Dr. Walsh is the terrorism and international affairs analyst for the NBC-TV affiliate in Bostonand is a frequent contributor to CNN and National Public Radio. He is founder and chair of the Harvard International Working Group on Radiological Weapons. Dr. Walsh is also editor of the book series, Terrorism: Documents of International & Local Control. His writings have appeared in several scholarly journals including Political Science Quarterly, the Nonproliferation Review, International Studies Review, and Contemporary Security Policy.


Albert Zulkharneev

Executive Director, PIR Center

MA in History from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) and MA in International Relations from the Ural State University. In 2003-2005 participated in international courses of Farsi language and literature in Moscow and Tehran. Started internship at PIR Center in 2007, later PIR Center Education and Training Program Coordinator and PIR Center Education and Training Program Director. Coordinator of “Rissia and Security in Central Asia” project. PIRCenterExecutive Director since 2013. Albert Zulkharneev serves as an organizer of PIR Center International Summer School on Global Security. In August - December 2011 he taught a course of lectures at the OSCEAcademy in Bishkek as a part of the Program for teaching and research. He is the author of the number of articles in Security Index and International Affairs journals and a co-author of the encyclopedia «Nuclear Nonproliferation». 


Administrative assistance

Tatyana Zhdanova

Assistant to Editor-in-Chief, Security Index journal

Graduated from Vyatka State Agricultural Academy in 2009, spezialization - Economics and Company Management. In 2011-2012 as a volunteer took part in the preparation of International Summer School on Global Security, seminars, Sustainable Partnership with Russia Group conferences in Gstaad (Switzerland), Washington and Moscow and other PIR Center events. Provided assistance in Security Index journal dissemination. Assistant to Editor-in-Chief since June, 2013.


Daria Ragulina

Assistant to the Director, Centre russe d'etudes politiques

Born in Moscow in 1992. In 2010 graduated from Russian Embassy High School in Washington DC. She has studied Law and Justice at American University Washington D.C. Currently studying International Relations and Economics at Webster University Geneva. The field of research interest is corporate and financial law. Daria Ragulina is a part of Webster Humanitarian Association and also volunteer at the Nord-Sud XXI. In Centre russe d'etudes politiques from 2012. In particular, helped to organize an international seminar on "Assessing the prospects for the implementation of Article VI of the NPT by the nuclear weapon states: on the eve of the first Preparatory Committee for the 2015 NPT Review conference"