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23.10.2020

The international relations system has been in the process of transformation since the early 1990-s. The unfulfilled unipolar project, which was being constructed by the USA, is transforming into a more just multipolar world order, which the future of world development belongs to. At the same time one can observe some countries pursue their foreign policies through strength, see the ideologization and militarization of international relations. The United States purposefully destroys the arms control system, develops the global missile defense system, withdrew from the INF Treaty, the Open Skies Treaty, does not agree to extent the New START.

22.10.2020

“The world is now in a state of transformation, and during this period of uncertainty and turbulence realistic analysis and foreign policy planning is more important than ever, especially for Russia”, ‒ Oleg Stepanov, Director of the Foreign Policy Planning Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

14.10.2020

“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.

Working Group on the NPT Review Process — Ideas from Next Generation: Biographies of Panelists

“U.S.-Russian Dialogue on the NPT Review Process:

Ideas from Next Generation”

 

Geneva, Switzerland

April 27-28, 2018

 

Biographies of panelists


Ms. Sarah Bidgood

Senior Research Associate and Project Manager, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Sarah Bidgood is a senior research associate and project manager at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California.  She focuses primarily on US-Soviet and US-Russia nonproliferation cooperation, as well as the international nonproliferation regime more broadly.  She was an intern at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs in the WMD Branch during the time of the 2015 NPT Review Conference, in which capacity she assisted the Secretariat and the Chairs of Main Committee I and Subsidiary Body I. She has been a member of the CTBTO Youth Group since its inception in 2016. Ms. Bidgood holds a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Wellesley College, a Master’s Degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Master’s Degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Mr. Vladislav Chernavskih

Student, Ural Federal University

Final year undergraduate student (International Relations), Department of Theory and History of International Relations, Ural Federal University, Russia. Assistant in the Center for Security and Non-Proliferation Research and Education, Ural Federal University. Alumnus of KAIST NEREC (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Education and Research Center) Summer Fellows Program 2017 (ROK). Participated in “Introduction to Nuclear Non-Proliferation” Workshop in St. Petersburg State University. Research interests: International security, nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and nuclear disarmament, North Korea, TPNW. 

Ms. Anita E. Friedt

Acting Assistant Secretary

BUREAU OF ARMS CONTROL, VERIFICATION AND COMPLIANCE

Ms. Friedt served as the Director for Arms Control and Nonproliferation at the National Security Council from 2009-2011. While on the National Security Staff, she was a key player in the successful negotiation and ratification of the New START Treaty and worked to update conventional arms control in Europe, strengthen European security, and advance missile defense cooperation with Russia. Prior to her assignment on the National Security Council, Ms. Friedt served as the Director of the Office of Policy and Regional Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. During the past decade, she actively worked on European security issues, including NATO missile defense and missile defense cooperation with Russia. Ms. Friedt began her career at the Department of State under President Reagan’s Administration working as an advisor to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and then Deputy Secretary of State Walter Stoessel. She worked as a Soviet and then Russia foreign policy analyst in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and served two tours in the Political Section at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, from 1989-1992 and again from 1997-1999.

Ms. Summer Gary

Graduate Student, MIIS-MGIMO Dual Degree Program in WMD Nonproliferation

Summer Gary is a second-year graduate student and part of the dual degree program created jointly by the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  She is currently an intern for the Conventional Arms Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, and her work focuses primarily on global efforts to prevent the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons.  Her other academic and professional interests include US-Russia relations, strategic defense, human rights issues, and global governance.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.

Ms. Ekaterina Lapanovich

Assistant, Department of Theory and History of International Relations, Ural Federal University

Bachelor of Oriental studies, African studies, Ural Federal University (2013). Student of the master's program "Global and Regional Security and Conflict Resolution". Master's thesis: "Peculiarities of the nuclear strategy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". In 2013 she was studying at the center for continuing education of the Department of international relations of the Institute of social and political Sciences of the Ural Federal University at the program of "Translator in the field of professional communication" (English). Participant of the practical course of the IAEA expert Robert Kelly " Practical aspects of nuclear nonproliferation policy” (February 2014). Research interests: Orientalism and Africanism, global studies, global and regional security, foreign languages, history, conflict studies, international relations, nuclear nonproliferation, regional studies. Languages spoken: English, Turkish.

Mr. Adlan Margoev

"Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director, PIR Center

Graduate Student in the Dual Degree Program in WMD Nonproliferation at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). PIR Center’s Consultant (2016-2017). Chair of the Student Academic Society at MGIMO University (2015-2016). Interned at PIR Center (2014) and at the Iran desk of the Second Asian Department, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2015). Took part in PIR Center International School on Global Security (2015). Took a language course at the Allameh Tabataba’i University in Tehran (2015). Holds a BA degree in Regional Studies from MGIMO University (2016). Speaks English and Persian. Research interests: U.S.-Russian dialogue on the Iranian nuclear program, Russian Foreign Policy and Nonproliferation, Russian-Iranian and Russian-Georgian relations.

Mr. Noah Mayhew

Graduate Student, MIIS-MGIMO Dual Degree Program in WMD Nonproliferation

Noah Mayhew is a graduating member of the inaugural cohort of a dual MA program in nonproliferation studies between the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Some of his professional interests include U.S.-Russian relations, global nuclear nonproliferation policy, the nuclear program of the DPRK, new developments in international safeguards and modern use of chemical weapons. Currently an intern at International Atomic Energy Agency, Mayhew has also worked as a graduate research assistant for the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where he primarily studied monitoring and verification measures in bilateral fissile material reduction agreements between the United States and Russian Federation. In addition to nonproliferation policy, he has studied Russian language at the graduate level at Middlebury College's Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian and holds a BS in public relations from the University of Tennessee. 

Dr. Ksenia Muratshina

Associate Professor, Department of Theory and History of International Relations, Ural Federal University

Bachelor of Economics Ural State University specialty "Oriental studies" in 2009 and a master's degree Ural Federal University in 2011 in the field of "international relations". In 2007-2009 she passed training under the program of additional education "Translator of English in the sphere of professional communication" at the Institute of professional retraining and advanced training of Ural State University, and in 2009 - 2010 - professional retraining under the program "International law and corporate development strategies". PhD thesis defended on the specialty “History of international relations and foreign policy”. Participant of PIR Center Summer School 2012.

Dr. Vladimir Orlov

DirectorCentre russe d’etudes politiques, Geneve; Founder & Special Advisor, PIR Center; Head, Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation

Dr. Orlov is expert in international security and Russia’s foreign policy. His areas of research include major threats and challenges to international security, primarily, nuclear nonproliferation; Iranian nuclear program; proliferation challenges in the Middle East; as well as US-Russian and European-Russian relations in the framework of international security, and the prospects of cooperation on peace and security within BRICS. In April 1994, Dr. Orlov founded PIR Center (The Russian Center for Policy Studies), a private think tank dealing with international security and Russia’s foreign policy issues, now a leading Russian and international research and publishing non-governmental organization in this area. In April 2015, Dr. Orlov decided to step down as PIR Center’s CEO while remaining on Center’s Executive Board and concentrating on specific nuclear nonproliferation and other projects as Center’s Special Advisor. Since 2014, Dr. Orlov is the Head of the Diplomatic Academy’s Center for Global Trends and International Organizations. Dr. Orlov is constantly engaged in teaching and educational activities, giving lectures and expert comments on Russian foreign policy and on nuclear nonproliferation within Russia and abroad. His initiative culminated in establishment (in 2016) of the International Dual Degree MA Program in Nonproliferation and Global Security Studies – a joint project by the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO) of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and PIR Center. He serves as academic consultant to the program and teaches Russian foreign and security policy as well as nuclear nonproliferation at MGIMO.

Mr. Alexey Polyakov

Student, MGIMO-University


B.A. Candidate in International Relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University). President of the International Security Club of the Student Academic Society at MGIMO University. Interned in the Division for Chemical Weapons Disarmament of the Department for Nonproliferation and Disarmament, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2017). Research interests: multilateral efforts against WMD proliferation, arms control in US-Russia relations, investigation of alleged use of chemical weapons.

Prof. William Potter

Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Dr. William Potter is Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies and Founding Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He is the author or editor of over 20 books, the most recent of which are two volumes on Forecasting Nuclear Proliferation in the 21st Century (Stanford University Press, 2010), The Global Politics of Combating Nuclear Terrorism (2010), and Nuclear Politics and the Non-Aligned Movement (2012). Dr. Potter has served on numerous committees of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and for five years was a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. He has been an advisor to the delegation of Kyrgyzstan at every NPT Review Conference and Preparatory Committee meeting since 1995. Dr. Potter serves on the International Advisory Board of the Center for Policy Studies in Russia (Moscow) and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Joseph Rodgers

Graduate Student, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Сurrently a graduate research assistant at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. He works on open source verification technologies. Previously, Joseph has interned at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, the Arms Control Association, and the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. He also worked as an undergraduate geo-chemistry lab technician at the University of California Santa Cruz from 2013 until 2015. 

Ms. Daria Selezneva

Master’s Degree Candidate, MGIMO-MIIS Dual Degree Program

Daria Selezneva is a graduate student in the dual degree in Nonproliferation Studies program of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). Daria holds a BA degree in International Relations from the Ural Federal University, Russia. She wrote her thesis on the Swedish policy dealing with nonproliferation of nuclear weapons in the 1990s-2000s. Daria’s Master’s thesis for her current program is “History of US-Russia/Soviet Cooperation on Drafting and Revision of the Articles I, II and X of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.”

Mr. Vadim Smirnov

Deputy Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation to the Second Session of the 2020 NPT Review Conference Preparatory Committee

Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Deputy Director of the Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Previously served as Deputy Director of the Department of International Organizations at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Mr. Paul Warnke

Master’s Degree Candidate, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Paul Warnke is currently a political affairs intern in the UN Office for Disarmament. He is also a master’s degree candidate in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Additionally, he worked at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Brazil, where he conducted research on Brazil's nuclear program. Mr. Warnke received his Bachelor's Degree in History from Middlebury College.

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