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Joint course “WMD Nonproliferation and International Security” by PIR Center and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) as a part of "Governance and Global Affairs" MA program. November 6 – December 18, 2013. Moscow, Russia

Experts

  • Position : Assistant Professor
  • Affiliation : Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Affiliation : Associate Professor, Head, Korea and Mongolia Department, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Affiliation : Chairman of the Executive Board, PIR Center; Co-Chair of the Trialogue Club International.
  • Position : Consultant
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Consultant
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
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PIR Center concluded M.A. course on WMD nonproliferation at MGIMO University

29.10.2014

MOSCOW, OCTOBER 29, 2014. PIR PRESS – “The PIR Center raised our awareness of historical and contemporary nuclear issues. We also learned about nuclear non-proliferation concerns, as well as next-generation conventional weapons that can potentially offset the delicate nuclear balance. My colleagues and I were honored to listen to lectures by distinguished guest professors that have first-hand experiencing in dealing with this topic, including those who represented the Russian Federation at top-level nuclear negotiations. The two-month course that we took was intense, but the knowledge and memories that we gained were well worth it”, – course leader, M.A. student Andrew Korybko.

On October 22, 2014 the concluding lecture of the PIR Center Expert Course “WMD Nonproliferation and International Security” for students of the M.A. program “Governance and Global Affairs” at the MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry took place. The same day the students also passed their final examination and participated in the debates on “Will the world without nuclear weapons be a safer place?”

The format of the debates in the educational course once again proved to be successful – a controversial question provoked an intense debate. Both teams did a good job preparing to defend their respective positions, while the remaining participants expressed their views on the issue in the following discussion.

Within the course framework leading Russian nonproliferation, nuclear energy, arms control, and international and regional security experts gave lectures in English for 23 students from 16 countries. Associate Professor in the International Relations and Foreign Policy Department at MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry Ildar Akhtamzyan, PIR Center "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy, PIR Center Senior Vice President, Lieutenant-General Evgeny Buzhinsky, PIR Center Director Vladimir Orlov, Head of the Korean and Mongolian Department at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Vorontsov and PIR Center Executive Director Albert Zulkharneev participated in the course.


Course leader, M.A. student Andrew Korybko shared his impressions of the course: “The PIR Center raised our awareness of historical and contemporary nuclear issues. We also learned about nuclear non-proliferation concerns, as well as next-generation conventional weapons that can potentially offset the delicate nuclear balance. My colleagues and I were honored to listen to lectures by distinguished guest professors that have first-hand experiencing in dealing with this topic, including those who represented the Russian Federation at top-level nuclear negotiations. The two-month course that we took was intense, but the knowledge and memories that we gained were well worth it”.

Beginning in 2013, the course has become the basis for the joint work of PIR Center and MGIMO on the development of education in the spheres of disarmament and nonproliferation throughout the world.  Together, MGIMO and PIR Center are moving to a new level of cooperation with the major foreign science and educational centers in the nonproliferation field. On October 25, 2014, trilateral Memorandum of Understanding on academic exchange and cooperation was signed between MGIMO, PIR Center and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. The main goal is the world's first international joint MA program on Nonproliferation. The partnership of MGIMO and PIR Center serves as a new contribution by Russia to the promotion of education within the field of nonproliferation.

For any questions related to PIR Center Educational and Training Program please contact PIR Center Projects coordinator Sizikova Ekaterina by email sizikova at pircenter.org , phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or fax +7 (495) 987 19 14.

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