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Iran confirms discovery of computer virus “Stuxnet” at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant
26.09.2010
The signing of the Agreement on Confidence-Building Measures Related to Systems to Counter Ballistic Missiles Other Than Strategic Ballistic Missiles
26.09.1997
The Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency are opened for signing.
26.09.1986
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23.09.2022

We continue to publish materials on the X NPT Review Conference under the rubric "Notes from the Field: 10th NPT Review Conference through the Eyes of Russian Public Diplomacy". This time, PIR Center Deputy Director Elena Karnaukhova talked to Ambassador Sergio Duarte, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), the Brazilian representative to several International organizations, focusing on disarmament issues, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the IAEA (1999-2000). He served the Brazilian Foreign Service for 48 years: the Ambassador of Brazil in a number of countries, including Austria, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia concurrently (1999-2002), China (1996-1999), Canada (1993-1996), and Nicaragua (1986-1991), Switzerland (1979-1986), the United States (1970-1974), Argentina (1963-1966), and Rome (1961-1963). Sergio Duarte stood at the origins of the NPT and was familiar with Roland Timerbaev.

22.09.2022

"Once we went on a trip with my friend and our families. Rented a rickety old hut in the village, the electricity worked poorly, but there was a lot of firewood. We heated the stove, collected mushrooms, wandered through the swamps, caught crayfish with children in the icy water. There were a lot of impressions, but, unfortunately, the weather had deteriorated. I decided not to stop the trip, to go to the sea. It was difficult to keep the idea a secret and put the children to bed after intense adventures, I had to tell them.

Then, many years later, the children said the words most dear to my wife and me: "Parents, how happy we are that you are so crazy"," - Dmitry Danilov, Head of European Security Department at Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences.

19.09.2022

PIR Center continues to publish materials on the X NPT Review Conference under the rubric "Notes from the Field: 10th NPT Review Conference through the Eyes of Russian Public Diplomacy". PIR Center Deputy Director Elena Karnaukhova talked to Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the IAEA, about the assessments of the X NPT RevCon, politization of review process, China's positions, Ukraine, the WMD-free zone in the Middle East, JCPOA, UAE in nuclear domain and cooperation with Russia.

15.09.2022

International terrorism remains one of the key threats to Russia's security. However, as the world continues to digitalize, cyberterrorism is spreading along with traditional forms, which can cause much greater damage to the global security architecture, which is largely facilitated by the rapid development of information and communication technologies. The purpose of this research note is to analyze the activities of Al–Qaeda* and ISIS*, as the two most active supporters of the concept of digital jihad, in cyberspace.

Scholarship Contest


SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST FOR THE DUAL DEGREE MASTER`S PROGRAM

Dual Degree Master`s Program in Nonproliferation Studies, which is run jointly by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), and PIR Center, opens scholarships competition that covers a substantial part of the program`s student fee for the students from Russia in 2020-2022.

The support of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the cooperation of MGIMO, MIIS and PIR Center made it possible to provide the scholarships.

Dual Degree Master`s Program in Nonproliferation Studies is a unique international educational program in nonproliferation and global security. Graduates are awarded two master’s degrees: one from MIIS with a degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies (MANPTS) and the other from MGIMO with a degree in international affairs, with a specialization in WMD nonproliferation, nuclear policy, and global security. Students of the program begin their studies in Moscow (first semester), continue in Monterey (California, second and third semesters) and do internships at international organizations (UN, IAEA, CTBTO, etc.), research centers, national governments and private companies (fourth semester).

Students of the third cohort of the program share their experience about the internship at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs on the UNODA webpage.


Tuition fee for the program is $ 50,000. However, this amount can be significantly (up to 80-100%) reduced with a scholarship.

When will the results of the contest be announced?


The results of the competition and the decision on the scholarships provision will be announced in July 2021. Applications must be submitted by July 9, 2021.


 
What is necessary to participate in the contest?

1. Apply to the program visiting the MIIS website

2. Demonstrate your interest in nuclear nonproliferation, peaceful nuclear energy and global security issues, as well as experience in research, information other work in this area. To do this, please send to PIR Center at [email protected]:

2.1. The proposed topic of the master's thesis and its brief description (no more than 0.5-1 page in Russian or English).
2.2. Materials that confirm your interest and/or experience in the subject of the master's degree (in Russian or English).

Such materials may include:

— a list of publications on the topic in any language with valid links or sample publications;

— a list of conferences, seminars, courses on the subject of Dual Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies where you managed to deliver a speech, preferably with valid links to the pages of these events on the Internet;

— scientific and study works, including essays, term papers, dissertations or dissertation chapters, theses of speeches, etc. (in any language);

— any other materials that can confirm your interest in the main topic of the program.

If there are no publications and/or study papers on the main issues of the master’s program, the candidate can prepare and submit an essay on the topic «Key challenges to the NPT review process in XXI century» (in English).

3. The contest committee reserves the right to invite the candidate for an oral interview.
 


Deadline:

Documents for the scholarship contest should be submitted to PIR Center at [email protected] (if the preparation of any documents is in the process, you must inform the organizing committee of the scholarship contest). PIR Center has extended the period of acceptance of documents from Russian applicants for the NTI Scholarship until July 9th.


Contacts:

You can send your questions about admission to the Dual Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies, scholarship contest and the nuances of the educational process to Assistant to Director on Special Projects & Education and Training Program Coordinator Elena Karnaukhova by e-mail [email protected].

 

Feedback from scholars of 2016-2019:

Natalya Artemenkova (holds a Bachelor's degree from MGIMO, Dual Degree Master`s Program graduate of 2019, Attaché at the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs): “NTI scholarship not only provides a unique opportunity to gain knowledge from prominent experts in the field of nonproliferation from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, but also offers new global career prospects for scholars and work on exciting projects in research centers around the world. I am happy that I was selected as an NTI scholar. Learning and living in the beautiful Monterey located on the Pacific Ocean is priceless”. 

Nikita Degtyarev (holds a Bachelor's degree from Ural Federal University, enrolled for the Dual Degree Master`s Program in 2019): “Back in the day, I dreamed of the opportunity to enroll for a similar program that would combine studying abroad and was devoted to nuclear nonproliferation, but I sadly realized that financial capacity would never allow this. Sadness disappeared when I found out about a wonderful scholarship provided by NTI. This scholarship helped me to cover the expenses for the entire year of study in Monterey and inspired new achievements. The NTI scholarship helped me to discover a new world full of new knowledge, skills, acquaintances and opportunities, which I really appreciate. Moreover, once again it was proved to me that nothing is impossible”.

Daria Selezneva (holds a Bachelor's degree from Ural Federal University, Dual Degree Master`s Program graduate of 2018, Junior Researcher at the Center for International Security at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO): “I would like to express my gratitude to the Nuclear Threat Initiative for providing financial support, thanks to which I got the opportunity to become a student of the first cohort of the Dual Degree Master`s Program. During the studies, I met and got to know many professionals, including prominent experts in the field of nonproliferation. In addition, during the last semester of the program, I got the opportunity to do an internship at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and take part in the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference, which became unique invaluable experience”.

Sergei Semenov (holds a Bachelor's degree from MGIMO, enrolled for the Dual Degree Master`s Program in 2019): “The NTI scholarship is a real ticket to professional life. Without it, my path to nonproliferation would be much longer and thornier. Perhaps, with due diligence, I could get the necessary knowledge myself, but the Dual Degree Master`s Program is not only lectures and seminars, it is an opportunity to learn from the best of the best: from the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia to the Former Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service. And for such an opportunity, I can only thank NTI and its generous support".

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