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  • Affiliation : Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
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PIR Center presented initiative on the Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies


NEW YORK. MAY 13, 2015. PIR PRESS«Dual-Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies is planned to be an innovative educational product of outstanding quality, combining the best academics as well as practitioners from Russia, and the United States. We are open to cooperation with other countries and institutions», – Albert Zulkharneev, Director, PIR Center.

On May 4, 2015 international seminar “Action 22-Disarmament and Nonproliferation Education – a Tool for Advancement of the NPT” took place on the sidelines of the 2015 NPT Review Conference. Representatives of the United Nations Office on Disarmament Affairs, UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament, diplomatic community, universities, think tanks and NGOs were among the speakers and guest of the meeting. PIR Center was among the co-sponsors of the event.

In his speech, Director of PIR Center Albert Zulkharneev indicated two new challenges to nonproliferation education. The first one is globalization of proliferation risks and necessity for training of nonproliferation specialists around the world. The second issue is the lack of mutual understanding and the risk of indoctrination and politicization of disarmament and nonproliferation education.

Mr. Zulkharneev noted: “It is hardly possible to conduct any realistic dialogue on disarmament matters, if some countries or experts forget all other aspects except humanitarian one, and their counterparts will speak only from positions of military balance and strategic stability.

I believe that for our common success, it is important to avoid such situation in nonproliferation and disarmament education, to avoid its politicization and indoctrination. It is important to emphasize necessity of critical thinking and development of abilities for complex, comprehensive analysis of nonproliferation and disarmament problems. The disarmament and nonproliferation education is not about «good» and «bad», it is about “what”, “why” and “how”.

One of the key solutions is multilateral cooperation between professionals in nonproliferation studies and education, implementation of joint international, multilateral projects, which allow getting the knowledge and skills for professional career, independent analysis and better understanding of your partners”.

Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (CNS MIIS) Dr. William Potter and PIR Center’s Director Mr. Albert Zulkharneev presented the initiative on the Dual-Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies.

Currently three institutions: PIR Center, MIIS and Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO University) develop the program. It would be the first international degree program on nonproliferation organized by leading U.S. and Russian centers of nonproliferation studies. In October of 2014, three organizations signed a MoU, confirming interest in developing academic cooperation and the mentioned program.

The program is planned to be an innovative educational product of outstanding quality, combining the best academics as well as practitioners from Russia, the United States. It will provide extensive training in the field of nonproliferation and will create a unique opportunity for aspiring students from all over the world. One of the programs priorities will be providing education for young specialists from nuclear newcomer countries.

The program will be designed so that students will have the opportunity to study in both Moscow and Monterey. The partners will also seek opportunities to arrange internships for students in the principal locations for international decision making in the field, such as in Geneva and Vienna.

The students will receive Master’s Degrees from both Russian and American educational institutions. The first enrollment is planned for the fall of 2016.

Dr. Potter noticed that the first graduate program on nonproliferation was opened 20 years ago in Monterey and it important that now we are moving towards a new one. Its development is especially significant in the current stage of the Russian-US relations. Mr. Zulkharneev paid attention to potential of cooperation with the UN. In his welcome remarks at the MoU signing MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov underscored: «I believe that the choice of the subject of the programme is of particular importance at this day and age. I am certain that through academic partnership we shall make our invaluable contribution to increased global security at various levels».

Full speech and presentation by Albert Zulkharneev can be found in the section “Disarmament, Nonproliferation, and Nuclear Security Education” of the PIR Center’s web site.

For detailed information on development of the program please contact Mr. Albert Zulkharneev by e-mail [email protected]