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Fifth Cohort Of The First Dual Degree On Nonproliferation Started Their Academic Year

14.10.2020

MOSCOW, OCTOBER 14, 2020. PIR PRESS. “I offer my congratulations to the fifth cohort of students in the dual-degree program in nonproliferation studies for your admission. This program is important for anyone who cares about the future of US-Russian relations or the global nonproliferation regime. I advise you to use your time wisely, as two years will fly by before you know it. The opportunities provided by PIR Center, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, MGIMO and MIIS are all around you and at your disposal”, ‒ Noah Mayhew, Research Associate at Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.

The academic year started for the fifth cohort of students of the dual-degree master’s programme on nonproliferation by MIIS, MGIMO and PIR Center, including students from Russia and the US. Some of them are familiar with the issues of international security and nonproliferation, while others are not that experienced but no less willing to work hard so as to become professionals in this sphere.

Online welcome seminar of the dual-degree on nonproliferation, which brought together freshmen and PIR Center staff for the first time, took place on September, 18. The event was moderated by PIR Center project administrator Tatyana Donich.

PIR Center Director and master’s manager Vladimir Orlov delivered an opening address, told about PIR Center scientific and educational projects, including the structure of the master’s programme.
 
Colleagues from the Middlebury Institute of international studies in Monterey also attended the meeting. William Potter, Center of Nonproliferation Studies Director and PIR Centre Experts Council member and Jeffrey Knopf, the dual-degree programme manager in Monterey addressed the freshmen. The master’s degree alumni from Washington, Vienna, Mexico, Moscow who are currently working at such organizations as Open Nuclear Network, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non‑Proliferation, MGIMO Center for International Studies, OPANAL, Uber Technologies, expressed their gratitude to the master’s programme and wished every success to the new cohort of students.
 
"The dual-degree programme is a springboard for professional growth in the sphere of non-proliferation and international security. MIIS, MGIMO and PIR Center give a “concentrate” of valuable knowledge, which makes these two years especially productive. So my advice to you is to combine studies and enjoying your life - both Moscow and Monterey will provide a plethora of opportunities for doing so", ‒ Adlan Margoev,  MGIMO Center for International Studies Analyst.
 
Veronika Bedenko, a dual-degree alumna currently working at Open Nuclear Network, also addressed the seminar, "I just envy in a good way the new cohort, embarking on such a wonderful path of immersion in nonproliferation and disarmament issues, accompanied by incredible mentors from MIIS, MGIMO and PIR Center. This trip isn't going to be easy, but judging from my own experience it was one of the brightest periods of my academic life and it inspired my genuine affection for this fascinating profession of nonproliferation specialist. It’s a pleasure to watch this programme maintain and develop despite global challenges, brought by 2020. Students, professors and administrators’ excitement makes me believe in the safe future of the degree: nor locked borders neither any other pandemic limitations can become an obstacle on the way to new knowledge, friends and experience!".
 
"I offer my congratulations to the fifth cohort of students in the dual-degree program in nonproliferation studies for your admission. This program is important for anyone who cares about the future of US-Russian relations or the global nonproliferation regime. I advise you to use your time wisely, as two years will fly by before you know it. The opportunities provided by PIR Center, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, MGIMO and MIIS are all around you and at your disposal. The program is truly the ride of a lifetime, but it is also a network of professionals who are most often like-minded about the importance of these issues. Learn from your colleagues, as well as your professors, and understand why people think the way they do. Even when your colleagues disagree with you, as my mentor Anna Vassilieva once said, your role is to understand – you don’t have to like, you don’t have to justify, but you do have to be able to get into the shoes of the other", ‒ Noah Mayhew, Research Associate at Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
 
New students also had an opportunity to present themselves, to talk about their scientific interests and plans, and share the reasons why they decided to enter the nonproliferation dual-degree programme.
 
Then, the Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program Coordinator Sergey Semenov and the Information & Publications Coordinator Nikita Degtyarev introduced the students to the PIR Center literature and library, to its website and the newsletters.

Vladimir Orlov concluded the meeting by giving a detailed description of the PIR Center subjects that students of the fifth cohort will study: "Foreign & Security Policy on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the Russian Federation", "Introduction to Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime."

The students have already got down to their studies at MGIMO (in online format so far).  Then they will spend two semesters at MIIS (Monterey), and in the final, fourth, semester, students will have an internship in international organizations and state departments, leading think tanks and companies in Moscow, New York, Washington, Vienna, Geneva, The Hague, in order to hone the skills and master the knowledge gained during their studies.
 
You can find more information about the dual degree master program here.

For all questions related to the PIR Center's educational programs, you can contact Education & Training Program Director Yulia Sych by e-mail [email protected], tel. + 7 (499) 940 09 83.

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