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 2019

November 19, 2019 PIR Center together with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) held a teleconference between students of the Duel Degree Program in WMD Nonproliferation Studies.

Students of the third and fourth cohorts presented a roadmap for the U.S.-Russia dialogue on the NPT Review Process. Third cohort students made presentations from Monterey, and fourth cohort students presented from Moscow.

Teleconference participants discussed possible options for cooperation between Russia and the United States for the successful Review Conferences 2020 and 2025, as well as highlighted the main challenges to the nuclear nonproliferation regime. Students were divided into three working groups in accordance with the three pillars of the international nuclear nonproliferation regime: “nonproliferation”, “disarmament” and “peaceful uses of nuclear energy”. A representative from each group made a presentation on their aspect and was evaluated by members of other groups and colleagues from another side of the telebridge.

 The roadmap is meant to answer two questions: 

1. What should Russia and the United States do immediately to strengthen the NPT regime? 

2. What should Russia and the United States do in the mid-term perspective to address the key challenges to the NPT and its three pillars?