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Interview with Evgeny Buzhinskiy, a retired Russian lieutenant-general, Ph.D. Military Sciences, chairman of the Executive Board of PIR Center, about the first successful test of the new intercontinental ballistic missile RS-28 Sarmat on April 20 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

 

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Interview with Evgeny Buzhinskiy, a retired Russian lieutenant-general, Ph.D. Military Sciences, chairman of the Executive Board of PIR Center, about the first combat use by Russia of the Kinzhal hypersonic missile at the ammunition depot of the Ukrainian army in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.

 

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PIR Center conducted an interview with Nikolay Spassky, Deputy General Director-Director of the International Activities Unit of the state Corporation Rosatom. We discussed aspects of Russian-Iranian cooperation in the framework of the JCPOA negotiations, as well as the prospects and priorities of ...

For nearly a week, for the first time in nuclear history armed conflict has been underway in a country with operational nuclear power plants, thus creating the potential for catastrophic damage to these nuclear facilities with the real risk of radioactive contamination that could easily be transpor...

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The virtual summit between Presidents Putin and Biden of December 7, 2021, did not address strategic stability and nonproliferation issues in detail as both presidents concentrated on Ukraine-related topics. Yet, strategic stability dialogue and prevention of proliferation of nuclear weapons remain ...

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Baklitskiy, Andrey A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Arms control
Biography :

Consultant at PIR Center, a member of the Deep Cuts Commission and expert at Valdai Club International. He has previously served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, PIR Center «Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation» Program Director and the Editor-in-Chief of monthly e-bulletin “Yaderny Kontrol” (“Nuclear Control”). Mr. Baklitskiy was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2019-2020. He taught courses on nuclear nonproliferation and emerging technologies at the MGIMO University and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He regularly contributes to Russian and international media and has authored numerous articles and reports. Mr. Baklitskiy graduated from the Urals Federal University with a specialist diploma in regional studies. His expertise includes nuclear arms control, nuclear non-proliferation, Iranian nuclear program, and US-Russian strategic relations. 03/22

Buzhinskiy, Evgeny P. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Chairman of the Executive Board
Expertise :
Political and military aspects of international security
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Military cooperation
Russia-NATO relations
START Treaty
Missile Defense
Military Use of the Outer Space
European security
Biography :

Lieutenant-General (Retired), Ph.D. Military Sciences. In the Armed Services since 1968. Graduated from the Military Institute of Foreign Languages, M.V. Frunze Military academy. 1976-1992 – served in different positions in the General Staff of the USSR and Russian Federation. From 1992 to 2002 – served in positions of: Senior Officer, Deputy Head of Direction, Head of Direction, Deputy Head of Department, Head of the International Treaties Department of  the Russian Ministry of Defense. Promoted to the rank of Major-General in 2000, to the rank of Lt.-General – in 2003. In 2002 he was appointed on the position of Head of the International Treaties Department – Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of International Military Cooperation of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. Retired from active duty in 2009. In 2009-2017 - PIR Center Consultant, then Senior vice-president. PIR Center's Chairman of the Executive Board since 2014. From 2016 – Associate professor and Head of Center for Applied Political-Military Research of School of World Politics, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University.  Deputy CEO of "Vega Radio Engineering Corporation" from  2009 to 2018. Vice-President of Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).  Expertise: arms control, political and military aspects of international security, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, military use of the outer space, Russia-NATO, Russia-U.S., Russia-China relations. 10/20

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Evgeny P. Buzhinsky celebrates his 70th birthday

 

Malov, Andrey Yu. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Associate Professor, International and National Security Department, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

PhD in History. Graduated from Maurice Thorez Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages. Worked at the Committee of the Soviet Youth Organizations. In 1991-1994  a researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Economic Strategies, Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1992 – a visiting scholar in Western International University (Phoenix, Arizona). Serves at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1994. Participated in the OSCE activities in Nagorny Karabakh (1994-1996) and Bosnia and Herzegowina (1996-1998). Works on arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament issues at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1998. Participated in the negotiations on multilateral disarmament.

Margoev, Adlan R. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Institute for International Studies MGIMO University
Position : Analyst
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Russian nuclear policy
Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
Nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East
Iran
Arms control
Biography :

Expert on Iran and nuclear nonproliferation. Research Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Chief Strategy Officer at the Institute for International Studies, MGIMO University. He directed Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation Program (2017-2019) and edited Yaderny Kontrol monthly (2017-2020) at PIR Center. Taught Iran's foreign policy as Visiting Professor at North Ossetian State University (2021) and gave seminars on nuclear nonproliferation as part of short-term training programs at the Ural Federal University (2019). Member of the Youth Chapter of the Russian Pugwash Committee.

Ph.D. Candidate at MGIMO University. In 2018, he graduated from the M.A. Dual Degree Program in Nonproliferation Studies established by MGIMO University, PIR Center, and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Holds a B.A. degree in International Relations from MGIMO University with major in Iranian Studies. Speaks English and Persian. His research interests include Russia-Iran relations, Iran’s nuclear program, NPT review process, Russia’s arms control and nonproliferation policies, data analysis in international relations. 12/21

Podvig, Pavel L. image
Affiliation : Director, Russian Nuclear Forces Project
Biography :

Pavel Podvig is an affiliate and former research associate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford in 2004, he worked at the Center for Arms Control Studies at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), which was the first independent research organization in Russia dedicated to analysis of technical issues related to arms control and disarmament. In Moscow, Podvig was the leader of a major research project and the editor of the book Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces (MIT Press, 2001). In recognition of his work in Russia, the American Physical Society awarded Podvig the Leo Szilard Lectureship Award of 2008 (with Anatoli Diakov). From 2000 to 2004, Podvig worked with the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University, and earlier with the Security Studies Program at MIT. His current research focuses on the Russian strategic forces and nuclear weapons complex, as well as technical and political aspects of nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, missile defense, and U.S.-Russian arms control process.

Podvig received his degree in physics from MIPT and his PhD in political science from the Moscow Institute of World Economy and International Relations. Since 2001, Podvig has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He is a member of the APS Committee on International Freedom of Scientists and is serving as the Chair of the Committee in 2008.

Pshakin, Gennadiy M. image
City : Obninsk
Affiliation : A.I. Leipunski Institute of Physics and Power Engineering
Position : Senior researcher
Biography :

PhD in nuclear technology (1980). Graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University (1965). In 1965-1985 was a nuclear engineer in the area of Fast Breeder Reactors’ nuclear safety, Institute of Physics and Power Engineering. Participated in BOR-60, BN-350 and BN-600 reactors starting as a physicist. In 1985-1993 was an IAEA safeguards inspector. In 1994-2003 – was invited as a country expert to participate in UNSCOM / UNMOVIC (IAEA Action Team-687) inspections in Iraq. Fellow member of Institute of Nuclear Materials Management since 2008. President of the Obninsk Regional Chapter of INMM. Senior researcher at IPPE. Director of Noncommercial Organization “Analytical Center on Nonproliferation”. The member of Russian Nuclear Society.

Savel
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Head, Strategic Studies Department, Center for International Security, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2012. Doctor of Economic Sciences, Doctor of Political Sciences. Professor of International Policy Faculty, Moscow State University. The author of more than 70 publications, including “The big five. Arms Control Decision-Making in the Soviet Union”, co-authored with N. Detinov (USA, 1995) and “Political and Military-Strategic Aspects of Start-1 and Start-2 Treaties” (Moscow, IMEMO, 2000). In 1989-1991 participated in Soviet-American START-1 negotiations (Defense and Space Talks) representing the Academy of Sciences as an Adviser to the Soviet Delegation. Dr. Savel'yev is a well-known specialist in the field of Russian-American strategic relations, arms control, nuclear doctrines and strategy, national security and decision-making. Research interests: military economy, international security and arms control. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

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