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28.03.2016

Breakthrough in Nonproliferation Education: MGIMO, Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey and PIR Center have created a Dual Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies. Student enrollment has already begun.

14.03.2016

“Iranian missile launches do not violate country’s commitments or norms of international law.  All of the provisions of Resolution 1929, that prohibited Tehran from launching ballistic missiles, were terminated in January 2016, and the resolution 2231 merely “calls upon” Iran not to undertake any activity related to such launches, which is not legally binding; the JCPOA does not address the issue of ballistic missile launches.” – Andrey Baklitskiy, PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director.

04.03.2016

“Every parliament has its own characteristics and they differ from one another, but when it comes to key foreign policy issues in Iran, continuity is the most appropriate word to use. The new parliament will create opportunities because newly elected officials in general bring new opportunities, but Iran will continue to pursue the policies that are in place at the moment. Iranian citizens feel quite satisfied with the foreign policy of the country, especially with the regional policy that is working quite effectively”, – Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Professor, University of Tehran.


10.02.2016

“Pressing issues, related to the future of a zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, in the context of the prospects for the NPT review process in 2016-2020, were in the center of discussions at the 65th session of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM)” — Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Мember of the UN SG’s Advisory Board, Founder & Special Advisor to PIR Center. 

29.01.2016

“In Syria, we have witnessed the attempts of at least two new centers of power – Turkey and Saudi Arabia – to pursue their geopolitical goals by means of force. Subsequently, Iran too began to display its geopolitical ambitions in the Syrian theater. The activation of power centers constitutes a phenomenon that by far extends the field of the broader Middle East.  Other countries – taking into account, of course, their actual capabilities and the conditions under which they operate – pursue a similar policy, such as Poland, India, Brazil and Iran. In the near future, assuming a stabilization of the economic situation, Indonesia and Egypt will also begin to pursue such a policy,” – Dmitry Efstafyev, member of the PIR Center Executive Board.

21.01.2016

“Unless the CTBT enters into force, there is a risk that countries will pull out of the agreement and once again carry out nuclear tests. In that case, we would lose twenty years of hard work and fifty to sixty years of negotiations on a treaty and a dream.”— Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO.

23.12.2015

“With growing tensions on the European continent, with the nuclear factor once again being bandied about, with fresh plans to deploy new nuclear weapons and a clear risk of the INF Treaty being lost — in these dire circumstances, the NPT should be as steady as a rock, with no reservations.” – Vladimir Orlov, Special Advisor to PIR Center.


09.11.2015

“The WMD and Nonproliferation class organized and delivered by PIR Center in partnership with the MGIMO University was and exceptional educational experience. The well-organized and rich course outline along with very educative and exclusive reading materials supplied made this course a very productive one. It was a magnificent and unique experience to receive lectures from some of the top experts in the field of non-proliferation” — Umut Aslan, student of “Governance and Global Affairs” M.A. in International Affairs at the MGIMO University. 

06.11.2015

“We work closely with Russian, Chinese American, European and Central Asian think tanks. The Memorandum we have signed with PIR Center serves as an extension to our practical cooperation, a development for joint research and education programs that enhance mutual understanding between our countries. This work not only facilitates expert dialogue but also promotes development of human capital,” – Timur Shaymergenov, Deputy Director of the Library of the First President of Republic of Kazakhstan – The Leader of the Nation.


26.10.2015

“PIR Center actively works within the framework of the United Nations and has a consultative status with the ECOSOC. We are ready to continue supporting UN activities, participate in programs of the United Nations Association of Russia, implement academic, information and educational projects with our partners to strengthen peace and international security” – Albert Zulkharneev, PIR Center’s Director.

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