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.


“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. 


“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.

Roadmap for Russia – U.S. Cooperation 2018

As part of the joint project by PIR Center and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) on the U.S.-Russia dialogue on the NPT Review Process, graduate students of the second and third cohorts of the Dual Degree Program in WMD Nonproliferation Studies, established by MGIMO University and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in 2016 in partnership with and at the initiative of PIR Center, prepared a roadmap for Russia – U.S. cooperation. 

The students presented the roadmap during an online seminar between PIR Center and CNS held on November 27, 2018.

 The roadmap is meant to answer two questions: 

1. What are the key challenges to the NPT and its three pillars – nonproliferation, disarmament, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy?  

2. What should Russia and the United States do in order to strengthen the NPT and secure a successful NPT Review Conference in 2020? 

The roadmap consists of three parts, each being devoted to a pillar of the NPT. This exercise is meant to bring attention of the next generation of specialists to the issues of the NPT review process, to maintain a sustainable cooperative engagement of U.S. and Russian expert communities in addressing challenges to the NPT in the years to come, and to brainstorm new ideas on securing success for the NPT review process and for the regime established by the Treaty.