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Brave New PIR: Turning the 20-Year Journey into Generation 2.0

Vladimir Orlov

In 2014 PIR Center met its 20th anniversary, a milestone event which reflects a long history of challenges and victories in the windy way of conducting research in the field of international security. Instead of resting peacefully on its laurels, the think tank is actively reimaging its model and redefining its goals and strategies. How did PIR Center come to this anniversary and what plans does it have for the nearest and a longer-term future? What should be the optimal collaboration model between the civil society and nongovernmental research institutions and, on the other hand, the state in the pretty peculiar Russian case? Finally, what the PIR Center 2.0 would look like and how does it translate the experience of the older generation of experts to a younger team? All those issues are highlighted in a detailed interview of the founder and the permanent leader of PIR Center Dr. Vladimir Orlov for the Security Index journal.

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Security Index: A Russian Journal on International Security, Volume 20, Issue 3-4, 2014