Russian International Affairs Council

July 1, 2020


For Russia, the military developments and strategies of the United States recreate those challenges and threats that the USSR associated with President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Adopted in 1984, the SDI programme involved...

Towards Global Security Through Equal Rights and Consensus image

The international relations system has been in the process of transformation since the early 1990-s. Today one may unequivocally say that the unipolar project, which has been constructed by the USA with the help of its allies, did not materialize.  There began the construction of a more just multipo...

NATO nuclear sharing arrangements: whether they are compliant with the NPT. Assessment of the current situation in the context of the upcoming NPT Review Conference. image

Throughout the Cold War, there was a race for the development and production of new types of nuclear weapons between the two great powers, the USA and the USSR. Both countries were deploying these weapons in Europe. After the collapse of the USSR, all nuclear weapons from the post-Soviet space were ...

The editors decided to shift the focus a little from the problems of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control and talk about people. Nikita Degtyarev, PIR Center Information & Publications Program Coordinator, interviewed Sarah Bidgood, Director of the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program at the James ...

On June 2nd President Putin signed an executive order, which approved the Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence. Even without considering the contents of the “Basic Principles”, it would not be an exaggeration to say that it is a development of major import...

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Abisheva, Marian A. image
City : Astana, Kazakhstan
Affiliation : Library of the First President of Republic of Kazakhstan – The Leader of the Nation
Position : Head of Service of the international and national programs
Expertise :
National security
Kazakhstan internal development policy
Biography :

PhD in Political Science (2004). In 1994 graduated from Philosophy Department of the Kazakhstan National University. 2008 – internship at the Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (France). In 2008 completed senior management training at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (Honolulu, USA). 2005-2010 – Deputy Director for Science of the Presidential Strategic Studies Institute of Kazakhstan. 2010-2011 – divisional manager at analytics department of the Security Council of Kazakhstan. 2011-2014 – senior information resource and analysis manager at the National Welfare Fund “Samruk-Kazyna”. Since 2014 – Head of Service of the international and national programs of the Library of the First President of Republic of Kazakhstan – The Leader of the Nation. Author of 2 textbooks for graduate students and more than 100 research papers, including 5 multi-authored monograph. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2006.

Agranovich, Mark L. image
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Graduated from Economics Department of Moscow State University. 1984 – PhD in Economics. In 1990ies worked at the Moscow Representative Office of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Currently he is an expert of International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UNESCO, OECD. Research interests: comparative analysis of educational systems, economics and statistics in education.

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Internationally recognized authority on threat assessment in interstate and internal conflicts, with an emphasis on migration, ethnic group relations, and post-Soviet Russia. He is currently the principal investigator of a multiyear international research project on migration and ethnoreligious violence in the Russian Federation funded by the National Science Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His previous projects have been funded by Reuters, NATO, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the U. S. Institute of Peace, the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Pacific Basin Research Center at Harvard University. Has published several books, he extensively publishes in academic journals and in the mainstream media.

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Dr Ian Anthony is currently Director of Research and Project Leader at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute where he is also leading the Nonproliferation and Export Control project at the Institute analyzing the national export control systems of European countries. Prior to that, between 2000 and 2002, Dr. Anthony was Chairman of the Nonproliferation and Export Control Working Group within the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes.

Antipov, Sergey V. image
Affiliation : Associate Professor, Head of Department, Nuclear Safety Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
Biography :

Doctor of Technical Sciences. Head of Department of Nuclear Safety Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences. Formerly, Head Adviser of Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russian Federation. 2004-2006 - Deputy Head of Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russian Federation. 2003-2004 - Deputy Minister of Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation Double winner of the Kurchatov Prize. Author of more than 50 scientific articles and reports. Participant in the Chernobyl cleanup operation. Research interests: nonproliferation, physical protection, accounting and control of nuclear materials, nuclear submarine dismantlement issues within the program the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Scientific coordinator of the Nonproliferation Project in the RRC Kurchatov Institute. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

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Mr Butler joined BP in 1977 after leaving Cambridge where he graduated with an honours degree in economics. He has worked in a series of economics and policy posts in BP since then, and served as Group Policy Adviser from 1995 to 2003.Mr Butler is co-Chair with Professor Paul Kennedy of the BP Programme at Yale and a member of the Middle East Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He serves as Chairman of the Centre for European Reform and as honorary secretary of the Franco British Colloque. He has published books and a number of articles on international economic issues.

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MBA specialising in decision-making and responses to the terrorist and piracy threat to maritime business. He currently lives in Scotland. His main task is consulting on the implementation of the United Kingdom's contribution to the Global Partnership in respect of non-proliferation and physical protection. Recent work has included working alongside project implementation teams assisting a variety of research and operational institutes in Russia and Uzbekistan to enhance their physical security arrangements. A former Royal Navy submariner, he served as a warfare officer between 1977 and 2004. During his final four years he was the Royal Navy's Fleet Security Officer during which he advised on all aspects of security, while overseeing the day to day implementation of security policy in the Fleet. On leaving the Royal Navy he provided consultant services to a London-based international risk management company advising on all aspects of maritime security.

Chernykh, Sergei A. image
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Graduated from Military Academy of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Professor of Academy of Defense, Military Law and Security problems. Works at the system of military-technical cooperation since 1990.

Chomicki, Tadeusz image
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Joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992. UN civil officer in Cambodia (UNTAC, 1993). Head of the Division in the Department of Africa, Asia Australia and Pacific (1994), subsequently its Deputy Director (from 1995), Director of Department of Export Policy (1998-2001) responsible in the MOFA for export controls, defense industries cooperation, nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and partially for arms control and disarmament. Ambassador of Poland to the Republic of Korea (2001-2005). Since 2005 Ambassador, Deputy Director of the Security Policy Department, MFA, responsible for disarmament, nonproliferation, export controls and defense industries cooperation.

Duarte Sergio image
City : Brasilia
Affiliation : Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
Position : President
Biography :

A career diplomat, who from July 2007 to February 2012 served as United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. Ambassador Duarte served the Brazilian Foreign Service for forty eight years. He was the Ambassador of Brazil in a number of countries, including Austria, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia, China, Canada, Nicaragua, Switzerland, the United States, Argentina and Italy. In addition, he has been posted as the Brazilian representative to several International organizations, focusing on disarmament issues. From 1999 to 2000, he was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the IAEA. Ambassador Duarte was a representative in international organizations on disarmament issues. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2012.

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As a legal advisor, he started his career in 1985 with the Ministry of Defense, negotiating international treaties on arms control and disarmament. After taking three years off for his Ph.D, he then joined in 1994 the French Embassy in Washington as economic advisor, dealing with the US defense and aerospace industry consolidation (Boeing/McDonnell Douglas, Lockkeed Martin, Northrop Grumman). In 1998, he moved to NATO headquarters (Brussels) as a political advisor to the Assistant Secretary General for Defense Support. He participated to the Partnership for Peace program with a special focus on Russia and Ukraine and to the NATO Kosovo Crisis Cell. Back to Paris in 2001, Doctor Dupré was appointed to the Strategic Affairs Department at the French Ministry of Defense where he is, today, the head of the Non Proliferation and Disarmament Bureau. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.

Dvorkin, Vladimir Z. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Professor, Major General (retired), Chief Research Associate, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Professor. Major General (Ret.), Doctor of Technical Sciences, a top military expert, General Dvorkin was one of the main authors of the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces and Strategic Missile Forces policy documents. He participated as an expert in the preparation of the SALT II, INF, START I, and START II treaties for many years, and made a noticeable contribution to the formation of the Soviet and Russian position at the negotiations on the limitation and reduction of strategic weapons. He participated in the testing of the first Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines and the first submerged launches of ballistic missiles. He is an active member of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences, the Academy of Military Sciences, the Russian Engineering Academy, the International Engineering Academy, and the Academy of Cosmonautics. He is the author of more than 350 academic papers and numerous articles. His academic interests include missile dismantlement issues, combating terrorism, and nuclear safety and security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2003.

Dyatlov, Ivan A. image
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Since 1982 worked at Russian Antiplague Research Institute (Saratov). 1992 – Doctor of Medical Science. Research interests: development of medical immunobiological medications, medicine biology, immunology. In 1994-1998 – Head of the training section for specialists on danger infections. 1998-2005 – Deputy Director for research work of the Russian Antiplague Research Institute (Saratov). He is a member of Coordinate Science Council for Sanitation-and-Epidemiological Protection of Russian Federation. Since 2005 Director of the State Research Center of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology of Federal Supervision Agency for Costumer Protection and Human Welfare. Author of more than 200 scientific works and guidance documents.

Einhorn, Robert image
City : USA
Affiliation : Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
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Before joining Brookings in May 2013, served as the U.S. Department of State special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control, a position created by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009. Between 2001 and 2009, was a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where directed the Proliferation Prevention Program. Prior to joining CSIS, was assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation from 1999 to 2001, deputy assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs from 1992 to 1999, and a member of the State Department policy planning staff from 1986 to 1992. Between 1972 and 1986, held various positions at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), including as ACDA’s representative to the strategic arms reduction talks with the Soviet Union. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2007. 

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Maureen Ellis is the Senior Biosafety Advisor with Foreign Affairs Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Director of Canada's WHO Collaborating Centre for Biosafety. She is responsible for providing guidance and training to national health authorities, international agencies and scientific institutes worldwide on issues pertaining to the safe and secure handling of dangerous pathogens. Ms Ellis, MSc. is a Registered Microbiologist and Registered Biosafety Professional.

Fedorov, Yuri image
City : Rome, Italy
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : PIR Center Executive Board Member and Security Index Editorial Board Member
Biography :

Candidate of History, Professor. Member of the Czech Association of International Affairs, Professor of the Metropolitan University Prague. Erlier was an Associated Fellow in Royal Institute of International Affairs (also known as Chatham House, United Kingdom). Leading expert on international security issues, including energy security and arms control. His name and numerous publications on strategic armaments, tactical nuclear weapons, anti-missile defense, and missile warning systems are well known both in Russia and abroad. Headed the team of authors and wrote several chapters in the UNDP's annual Human Development Reports for the Russian Federation. Professor at MGIMO. Also worked at King's College in London, doing research and teaching within the Program on Post-Communist Security Studies. PIR Center Board Member and Security Index Editorial Board Member.

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Graduated from the Free University of Berlin. 2002-2006 – Director of an EC funded higher education cooperation programme, the ASEAN-EU University Network Programme. Since 2006 – Senior Project Manager of the European University Association.

Gottemoeller, Rose image
City : США
Affiliation : Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the CNS; Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the CISAC; Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Biography :

Rose Gottemoeller was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, on April 6, 2009. She was the chief negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation. Since 2000, she had been with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She most recently was a senior associate in the Carnegie Russia & Eurasia Program in Washington, D.C., where she worked on U.S.–Russian relations and nuclear security and stability. She also served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from January 2006 – December 2008. Before joining the Endowment in October 2000, Ms. Gottemoeller was deputy undersecretary for defense nuclear nonproliferation in the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously, she served as the department's assistant secretary for nonproliferation and national security, with responsibility for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States. In 1994-1997, deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, United Kingdom). In 1993-1994, director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs of the U.S. National Security Council. Research interests: nuclear nonproliferation and strategic security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

Gregoric, Miroslav image
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Graduated from University of Ljubljana, Mechanical engineering, made his Master on Heat and Mass transfer at Oregon State University . Director of Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration for 13 years. Member of four Operational Safety Assessment Teams - OSART from 1991 to 1998. Head of Slovenian Delegation to Several IAEA General Conferences and to several Diplomatic Conferences in Nuclear field. Governor of Slovenia to the IAEA Board of Governors 1997/1998 and its Chairman 1998/1999. Head of Slovenian Delegation to the First Review Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety, 1999 . Chairman of the Committee of the Whole, IAEA General Conference 2000, Member of Slovenian delegation to the 2000 NPT Review Conference, New York, Chairman of the Working Group and Expert Group to Explore Whether there is a need to Amend the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, 2000/2001, IAEA, Vienna . President of the Second Review Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety, 2002, Vienna. Director of BOMVIC (Baghdad Ongoing Monitoring Verification and Inspection Centre), UNMOVIC, 2002/2003. Since May 2005 he is responsible for the area of prevention in the Office of Nuclear Security, Department pf Nuclear Safety and Security, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna.

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Professor, Deputy Dean of the Department of International relations of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is also Deputy Secretary-General of Shanghai Association for International Strategic Studies. He has written many books on international security and crisis management issues.

Hecker, Siegfried image
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Dr. Hecker is visiting professor at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation and director emeritus at the Los Alamos National Laboratory/University of California. He was director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986-1997 and senior fellow until July 2005. He joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory as technical staff member in 1973, following a postdoctoral assignment there in 1968-1970 and a summer graduate student assignment in 1965. He served as chairman of the Center for Materials Science and division leader of the Materials Science and Technology Division before becoming director. From 1970 to 1973 he was a senior research metallurgist at the General Motors Research Laboratories. Dr. Hecker received his B.S. in metallurgy in 1965 and M.S. in metallurgy in 1967 from Case Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in metallurgy in 1968 from Case Western Reserve University.

Herden, Rolf image
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1972 graduated from the Federal College of Public Administration (Bonn). Since 1972 has been serving at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since July 2002 – Head of Section Disarmament Cooperation/Global Partnership Projects.

Heyes, Alan image
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His prime role in DTI is to direct the nuclear programmes under the UK's Global Partnership programme where work is underway to address nuclear legacy issues, principally in Russia. Dr Heyes is a geologist by profession and has had some 30 years experience in managing and directing a number of Government funded technology programmes encompassing renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

Hinsdorf, Hans-Jürgen image
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In 1972 graduated from Moscow Energy Institute. In 1972-1985 was an engineer in Kraftwerksanlagen Enterprise. In 1985-1990 served at Ministry of Coal and Energy of former GDR. Since 1990 works at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Division of Nuclear Energy.

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Mr. Holcombe's career began with service in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program where he served for six years. He later worked in the nuclear power industry in design, construction and Quality Assurance at several plants. Prior to his current position he was the CTR Program Manager responsible for multiple CTR projects in Russia and Ukraine. He has also had a variety of senior positions for U.S Department of Energy, including assignments at Savannah River, Oak Ridge National Engineering Laboratory and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.

Kahilouto, Kari image
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Hold various positions at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, including First Secretary and Counsellor, Division for Security Policy, Director, Division for Non-proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament, Minister Counsellor and DCM at the Mission of Finland to NATO. In September 2005 appointed Ambassador of Finland to Conference on Disarmament. Was a member of Finland's delegations at the various arms control? Nonproliferation and disarmament negotiations and conference.

Kalinina, Natalia I. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Senior Researcher, Center for International Security, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO
Biography :

Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor. One of the leading experts in the field of chemical and biological disarmament. Experienced scientist, auditor, multilateral person, whose reasearches in biologics, chemistry, policy, economy are of invaluable contribution to the science and for further reasearch perspectives.  From 1994 to 2007 worked for central organs of political departments of the Russian Federation, including the post of Assistant to the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation in 2003-2004. and Deputy head of the inspection of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation in 2005-2007. 

Kislyak, Sergei I. image
City : Washington DC
Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the USA
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Works at diplomatic service since 1977. Occupied various posts in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affaires in Moscow and abroad. In 1995-1998 – Director of Security and Disarmament Department. In 1998-2003 – Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belgium and Russia's permanent representative to the NATO. Since July 2003 – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

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Graduated from the Economics Department of the State Academy of Administration. 1995 – Doctor in economics. 1991-1993 – Deputy Minister for foreign economic relations and foreign investments of the Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Russian Federation. 1999-2002 – President of the Foundation of energetic and investment policy development and project lending. Participated in the developing of the “Russian Energy Strategy until 2020 year”. Author of more than 300 publications, co-authored more than 40 books.

Kozyulin, Vadim B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Program Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Program
Expertise :
Russia-NATO relations
Central Asia
Illegal arms traffic
Military-technical cooperation between Russia and other countries
Cyber security
Arms control
Biography :

In 1990, he graduated from MGIMO University. He worked in the Foreign Ministry of the USSR/Russia, in the Moscow News newspaper. In 2000-2002, he studied Management in the Military-Technical Cooperation course at the Russian Foreign Trade Academy.  Since 1994 he is a Research Fellow at the PIR Center. Research Fellow of the Center for Global Studies & International Organizations of the Institute for Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He is a Member of the Expert Council on the International Humanitarian Law of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, participant of the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons Systems (IPRAW), participant of the Russian-American Dartmouth dialogue. He has more than 300 publications on international security issues. His research interests include military artificial intelligence, new weapons systems, arms control, Russia's military-technical cooperation with foreign states, strategic stability, Russia-US and Russia-NATO relations, Central Asia and Afghanistan, and illicit arms trade. 09/20

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Member of the Graduate Institute of International Studies faculty since 1994, Mr. Krause is currently Director of the Programme in Strategic and International Security Studies, and Programme Director of the Small Arms Survey. His research interests focus on three areas: arms transfers and contemporary arms control issues, changing concepts of security, and multilateralism and the United Nations system. He is on the editorial boards of Global Governance and the European Journal of International Relations, and has recently served on the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.

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Started his work in the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Japan in 1981. From 1995 to 2001 occupied various positions in Japanese embassies around the world. Since 2001 - Director of Central and Eastern European Department of the MFA of Japan. Since 2003 – Director of International Information Unit of the Department of International Information of the MFA of Japan. Since 2005 – Minister on political issues of the Embassy of Japan to the Russian Federation.

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Received PhD in Slavic Linguistics at University of Oslo in 1987. Joined Foreign Service in 1987. Posted in Prague (1990-1993) and in Brussels (1993-1996), Consul General in Murmansk (2000-2002). At MFA in Oslo worked mainly with security policy issues and Russia affairs. From 2003 Deputy Director General and Head of Section for the Northern Areas, Polar Affairs and Nuclear Safety.

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In 2001-2009 - Vice President for Russia/New Independent States Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Ms. Holgate joined NTI after serving in a number of senior positions in the federal government. She managed the Cooperative Threat Reduction program at the U.S. Department of Defense, which provides assistance to Russia and the new independent states in securing and destroying excess nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and materials. She also served as director of the Office of Fissile Materials Disposition at the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Holgate has received numerous public service awards and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Board of Women in International Security.

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