«Dual-Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies is planned to be an innovative educational product of outstanding quality, combining the best academics as well as practitioners from Russia, and the United States. We are open to cooperation with other countries and institutions», – Albert Zulkharneev, Director, PIR Center.


«I believe that the choice of the subject of the programme is of particular importance at this day and age. I am certain that through academic partnership we shall make our invaluable contribution to increased global security at various levels», –MGIMO Rector Professor Anatoly Torkunov.


“I would like to express my utmost gratitude for your efforts to integrate ongoing PIR Center research into the educational process at MGIMO. The joint module on nuclear nonproliferation that was organized in 2013 generated lively and interested responses from students and demonstrated great potential for future cooperation. We hope that the grounds we created will serve as a foundation for the opening of full-fledged educational programs,” – Rector of MGIMO University Anatoly Vasilyevich Torkunov.

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Name: Torkunov Anatoly
Affiliation: Rector of Moscow's State Institute of International Relations
Biography :

Anatoly Torkunov was born in Russia in 1950. He holds an MA and two doctoral degrees in Political Science from MGIMO-University. Since 1974, he has taught at MGIMO as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor at the Department of Oriental Studies and Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russia. In 2003, he was elected Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and in 2008 he became Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1974–1977, he served as assistant to Rector of MGIMO. In 1977–83, he was Dean and Vice-Rector for External Relations, in 1986–92 — Dean of the School of International Relations, First Vice-Rector and Head of the Department of Oriental Studies. Since 1992, he has served as Rector of MGIMO-University. In 1971–72 and 1983–86, Anatoly Torkunov served at Soviet Embassies in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States of America. He has the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.