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Working Group on the Prospects for Russian Participation in International Cooperation in Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Field 28.02.2013

Within the framework of the project “The Future of Global Partnership Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security” PIR Center established a Working Group that will analyzes the prospects for Russian participation in international cooperation in the field of nonproliferation and nuclear security.

These topics continue to be  important after recent Russia’s decisions to withdraw from the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) and to refuse to prolong the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Concerning the Safe and Secure Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and Prevention of Weapons Proliferation of June 17, 1992 (the Nunn-Lugar Program).

Currently there is a need to formulate new mechanisms for international cooperation in the field of nonproliferation and nuclear security. Such mechanisms should correspond to modern realities and Russian interests. PIR Center Working Group activities are aimed at elaboration of expert recommendations on how to create such mechanisms taking into consideration both the issues of multilateral cooperation in nuclear security as well as bilateral US-Russian joint activities in the field.

The Working Group includes the following experts:

aben.jpg1. Dauren Aben, Senior Research Fellow at Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Dauren Aben holds a Master’s in International Relations from Kainar University, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and a Master’s in International Policy Studies and certificates in nonproliferation studies, conflict resolution, and commercial diplomacy from the California-based Monterey Institute of International Studies. He previously worked as the executive director of the Almaty office of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), whose monthly newsletter International Export Control Observer he co-edited. He remains affiliated with CNS as the regional representative of its Eurasia Nonproliferation Program. He also serves as the regional representative of the Security Index journal published by the Russian Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center) and is a member of the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s international panel of experts for the Nuclear Materials Security Index. Before joining CNS, Dauren worked as a consultant for the World Bank health and sanitation pilot project in the Aral Sea Region and as a Project Manager for the Giller Institute (JSC Karavan), the Research Group Central Asian Project, and the Kazakhstan Investment Promotion Center KAZINVEST. In addition to nonproliferation and export controls, his research interests cover various aspects of regional security in Central Asia.



berl2.jpg2. Robert Berls, Director, Moscow Office, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), PhD

Berls served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of colonel. During the 1980s he served as air attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He served as special assistant to the Secretary of Energy for Russia/NIS programs, during the first Clinton Administration. Before joining NTI, he was vice president for business development and government relations for a U.S. oil company. Having joined NTI in its first year, Berls has directed or helped manage all of NTI's projects in Russia that have addressed nuclear, chemical and biological threats


buz.jpg3. Evgeny Buzhinsky, PIR Center Senior Vice President

Ph.D. Lieutenant-General (Retired), Head of the International Treaty Directorate of the Main Department of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (2002-2009). PIR Center Consultant. Evgeny P. Buzhinsky was born on April 19, 1950, Moscow. In the Armed Services since 1968. Graduated from the Military Institute, M.V. Frunze Military academy. 1976-1992 – served in different positions as officer of the General Staff. 1992-2009 – served in positions of: Senior Officer, Deputy Head of Direction, Head of Direction, Deputy Head of Department, Head of Department of the International Treaty Directorate of the Main Department of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. In 2002 he was appointed on the position of Head of the International Treaty Directorate – Deputy Head of the Main Department of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. In 2010 he was PIR Center Consultant. He is a member of SuPR and International expert group.


cheba.jpg4. Alexander Cheban, PIR Center Research Fellow

PhD student at international relations department in Odessa Mechnikov University. Graduated from international relations Department in Odessa National Mechnikov University. The topic of dissertation is connected with reasons of nuclear weapons proliferation in the Middle East. Participant of a number of international conferences on nuclear disarmament and global security problems. Participant of Summer School-2011 of the Russian Center for Policy Studies (PIR Сenter). PIR Center Intern in 2012. Author of publications devoted to the problems of nuclear proliferation and disarmament. Victor of PIR Сenter review competition for the film “Nuclear Tipping Point”. The sphere of scientific interests covers the problems of nuclear proliferation and disarmament, questions of the Middle East regional security.


kovch.jpg5. Dmitry Kovchegin, PIR Center Expert

Dmitry Kovchegin worked as a Project Consultant for the Russian-US program of cooperation in improving the security, accounting and controls at Russian Nuclear facilities, works for the Moscow office of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. Previously worked as a Research Fellow at PIR Center and the Belfer center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Graduate of the Moscow Engeneering and Physics Institute program on security, accounting and controls of nuclear materials and nonproliferation.


kuch2.jpg6. Vladimir Kuchinov, Advisor to the Director General, the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom.

Head of departments for international and foreign economic cooperation in the Ministry of Atomic Energy and Federal Agency for Nuclear Energy in 1998-2008. Worked in IAEA from 1980 to1985 and from 1994 to 1998. 1991-1994 – Counsellor to the Permanent mission of the Russian Federation to the International organizations in Vienna, Austria. Graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute with qualification engineer – physicist in 1969.




ubee.jpg7.  Aleksey Ubeev, Senior Nuclear Security Officer at the Nuclear Security Office of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security of the IAEA

Until 2011 he was Deputy director of the Department of international collaboration, the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency. Previously, deputy Head of the Department of External Affairs JSC Atomstroyexport. Graduated from D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology in Russia and Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, holds degree of PhD. Worked as a head of department, pro-rector for scientific research of East-Siberian State Technologic University. Participated in elimination of accident consequences on Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986. From 1994 worked for Russian MFA, headed the sector of IAEA in its Permanent Mission in Russia attached to international organizations in Vienna, former Head of Nuclear Security department, nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and international partnership in peaceful use of atomic energy of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament, MFA of Russia. Participated in development of important international agreements in the field of nuclear nonproliferation and security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2009.