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Amb. Vyacheslav Trubnikov

Summary of remarks by Amb. Vyacheslav Trubnikov

PIR Center International School of Global Security, 2019

 

We should not become preoccupied with military security to the exclusion of all else. The future security architecture should be viewed from all the numerous and often conflicting vantage point...

In 2019, the third session of the 2020 NPT Review Conference Preparatory Committee will take place in New York. Malaysian diplomat, Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, was chosen to serve as its Chair. In its interview to PIR Center Consultant Andrey Baklitsky for Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control) bullet...

On October 20, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the United States is going to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). Many experts assumed that that Trump’s decision was caused not by the accusations that Russia violated the treaty but by concerns about Ch...

Russian and American experts have widely assumed that on July 16, 2018, one of the issues that may come up during the Russia-US summit in Helsinki is arms control. Unlike many other issues, it would also be a less controversial topic for the US administration battled by the accusations of “collusion...

On July 16, 2018, the presidents of Russia and the United States will meet in Helsinki for the first US-Russian summit since Donald Trump assumed the presidency. The cyber domain is likely to be included in the agenda of the upcoming meeting.


Direct Russia-US cyber dialogue is currently suspended si...

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International Expert Group

Abisheva, Marian A. image
City : Astana, Kazakhstan
Affiliation : Library of the First President of Republic of Kazakhstan – The Leader of the Nation
Position : Head of Service of the international and national programs
Expertise :
National security
Kazakhstan internal development policy
Biography :

PhD in Political Science (2004). In 1994 graduated from Philosophy Department of the Kazakhstan National University. 2008 – internship at the Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (France). In 2008 completed senior management training at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (Honolulu, USA). 2005-2010 – Deputy Director for Science of the Presidential Strategic Studies Institute of Kazakhstan. 2010-2011 – divisional manager at analytics department of the Security Council of Kazakhstan. 2011-2014 – senior information resource and analysis manager at the National Welfare Fund “Samruk-Kazyna”. Since 2014 – Head of Service of the international and national programs of the Library of the First President of Republic of Kazakhstan – The Leader of the Nation. Author of 2 textbooks for graduate students and more than 100 research papers, including 5 multi-authored monograph. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2006.

Arguello Irma image
City : Buenos Aires
Affiliation : Founder and Chair, Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation (NPSGlobal)
Biography :

Founder and Chair, Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation (NPSGlobal), Buenos Aires, Argentina. She developed a managerial career at international organizations such as ExxonMobil Corporation and the Latin American Petrochemical Association, where she held several local and international managerial positions. After she left the company, she became a consultant, specialized in strategies formulation and implementation, new projects, and management of change. Ms. Arguello pursued Defense and Security studies (Master level) at the Escuela de Defensa Nacional, Argentina. As a part of her academic activities, she is currently developing the brand new Regional Postgraduate Course on Disarmament and Nonproliferation, to be launched in 2009. For several years she has been teaching a four-week Seminar on the matter, open to the public. Her former teaching experience also includes topics like Modern Physics and Management, at several universities and institutes. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010.

Buzhinskiy, Evgeny P. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Chairman of the Executive Board; Chairman of the "Trialogue" Club International
Expertise :
Political and military aspects of international security
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Military cooperation
Russia-NATO relations
START Treaty
Missile Defense
Military Use of the Outer Space
European security
Biography :

Lieutenant-General (Retired), Ph.D. Military Sciences. 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. From 1992 to 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 Russian Ministry of Defense. 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 Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. In 2009-2015 - PIR Center Consultant, then Senior vice-president. PIR Center's Chairman of the Executive Board since 2014. Lecturer of International School on Global Security since 2010, lecturer of PIR Center and MGIMO University Joint Module “WMD Nonproliferation and International Security” since 2013. Vice President of Russian International Affairs Council. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group and PIR Center International Expert Group. 04/18

Duarte Sergio image
City : Brasilia
Affiliation : Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
Position : President
Biography :

A career diplomat, who from July 2007 to February 2012 served as United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. Ambassador Duarte served the Brazilian Foreign Service for forty eight years. He was the Ambassador of Brazil in a number of countries, including Austria, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia, China, Canada, Nicaragua, Switzerland, the United States, Argentina and Italy. In addition, he has been posted as the Brazilian representative to several International organizations, focusing on disarmament issues. From 1999 to 2000, he was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the IAEA. Ambassador Duarte was a representative in international organizations on disarmament issues. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2012.

Dunay Pal image
City : Bishkek
Affiliation : Director of OSCE Academy
Biography :

Previously - Director, International Training Course (ITC), Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland. Between July 2004 and the beginning of 2007 he was Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Between July 1996 and 2004 he was Course Director of the International Training Course in Security Policy. In 1991 he was Head of the Security Policy Department of the Hungarian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. His first thesis addressed the verification of the CFE treaty. His second one addressed Hungary's neighbourhood policy after the system change. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010.

Eggert, Konstantin von image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Journalist
Biography :

Famous Russian journalist. Before September of 2013 - Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Kommersant FM radio station, before March of 2013 - political observer at the Kommersant FM radio station. He took interviews from numerous politicians including Sergey Lavrov and Vaclav Havel. Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations (London, United Kingdom), member of editorial board of the Carnegie Moscow Center's journal Pro et Contra. Earlier - Head of the BBC Russian service. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2006.

Fetouri  Mustafa image
City : Tripoli (Libya)
Affiliation : Independent Libyan Academic, Journalist
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Middle East
Biography :

As of November 2011 Mustafa is a consultant to IHS Global Insight; a UK based information Analysis Company. Mustafa Fetouri is a Libyan academic and award winning journalist. A gifted public speaker and MENA region expert; Mustafa received his education in Europe; starting his undergraduate studies in the American university, Greece, and finishing his post graduate education in Maastricht, The Netherlands where he graduated from Maastricht School of Management. After his graduates he spent few years working at the same school, particularly in its outreach MBA programs. In this capacity he taught and run training programs in over dozen countries including: Egypt, China, Malaysia, Jordan, Libya, and at home campus in Maastricht, The Netherlands. As a freelance journalist and Op-Ed writer he won EU’s Beirut based Samir Kassir Award for the Freedom of the Press in 2010. He has numerous published articles often cited by researchers, and media in dealing with the MENA region with particular focus on Libya. He has been guest on numerous media outlet like the BBC, CBS, Al-Jazeera, France 24,  and Bloomberg TV besides dozen other print publications such as TIME magazine, WSJ, and Washington Post. Mr. Fetouri is also experienced trainer in the media and journalism where he has trained many Libyan journalists in Libya between 2008-2010 as a public speaker and regional expert Mr. Fetouri has been key note speaker and active participant in many international conference in Europe; Middle East and Asia. He frequently invited to speak to various audiences in different think-tanks across the globe.

Jayatilleka Dayan image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Embassy of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation
Position : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation
Biography :

Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Former Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. Served as the permanent mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations at Geneva from 2007 to 2009. Thereafter was the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Switzerland. Dr. Jayatilleka was appointed Chairman of the Governing body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in June 2007. Ambassador has written number of books in his academic career and continuously writes for political columns in newspapers. His publishes include The Travails of a Democracy: Unfinished WarProtracted Crisis (1995)Fidel's Ethics of Violence: The Moral Dimension of the Political Thought of Fidel Castro. In January 2008 he was also appointed the Coordinator for theComprehensive Programme of Disarmament of the Conference on Disarmament (CD). Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation since 2018. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2008.

Karaveli Halil image
City : Ankara
Affiliation : Senior Associate, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Johns Hopkins University
Biography :

Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, and Managing Editor of the Turkey Analyst, in which he writes a biweekly column. From 1991 to 2007, Mr. Karaveli served as editorial writer at the Swedish daily Östgöta Correspondentenfor 16 years. His publications include Reconciling Statism with Freedom: Turkey's Kurdish Opening, (2010) Prospects for a 'Torn' Turkey: A Secular and Unitary Future?, (with Svante Cornell, 2008); and Turkiet – en nygammal stormakt? (Turkey – a reborn great power?), Swedish Institute of International affairs (1993). Mr. Karaveli holds a B.Sc. in Political science from the University of Gothenburg, and has been awarded the Swedish-Turkish Friendship Award. Mr. Karaveli's recent research has been focused on the impasse of Kemalism and on the reconciliation of the Turkish state tradition with societal freedom. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010.

Kortunov, Andrey V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Director General, Russian International Affairs Council
Biography :

Doctor of History. PIR Center Advisory Board member. Graduated from Moscow State University of Foreign Affairs in 1979. In 1982 - 1995 - Junior research associate, then Senior research associate, the Head of Department 1995-1997 - Deputy Direcrtor, The Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, RAS. Scientific interests - international relations, donestic and international policy of Russia, Russian-Anerican relations. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2003. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010.

Makgetlaneng Sehlare image
City : Pretoria
Affiliation : Head, Governance and Democracy Research Program, Africa Institute of South Africa
Biography :

A Chief Research Specialist and Head of the Governance and Democracy research programme at the Africa Institute of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa. Holds PhD in Political Science, with African Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Economy and International Relations. He has published extensively on the South African economic transformation, South Africa–Africa political, economic and trade relations, African continental and Southern African regional integration, South Africa's Africa policy, the United States' Africa policy, Africa's development initiatives from the Lagos Plan of Action for Economic Development of Africa to the New Partnership for Africa's Development, socio-political and economic conflicts, and the reconstruction and development of Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe. He is a member of the International Relations Subcommittee of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress. He also serves as a member of the ANC Task Team on the Pan-African Parliament. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2012.

 

Nikolai Zlobin image
City : USA
Affiliation : Center on Global Interests
Position : President
Biography :

a Russian-American political expert, journalist  working from Washington, D.C.. He is the author of numerous books, articles and essays on politics, history and global security. During his career, he has worked at a number of prominent universities and think-tanks based in Russia and the U.S. He has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune. In late 2012, Zlobin founded the Center on Global Interests, a Washington, D.C.-based center for research and analysis of global affairs particularly focused on U.S.-Russia relations.

Sager Abdulaziz image
City : Jeddah
Affiliation : Chairman and Founder, Gulf Research Center, President of Sager Group Holding
Biography :

Chairman and Founder, Gulf Research Center, President of Sager Group Holding, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In November 2003, Dr. Sager was appointed as a member of the Makkah Province Council. In addition, he serves as a member on the advisory board of the Arab Thought Foundation; the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the Faculty of Economics and Administration of King Abdulaziz University; the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); the German Orient Foundation; and on the advisory group for the 4th Arab Human Development Report for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Dr. Sager has special research interest in Gulf strategic issues and is a regular contributor and commentator to international and regional media. He is the author of numerous publications. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010.

Sanaei Mehdi image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Position : Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in Russian Federation
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation. Previously - Head of the Iranian Center for Research on Russia, Central Asia and Caucasus, Professor of Tehran University, Tehran, Iran. Head of Russian and Eastern Europe Studies Department of World Studies Institute, Tehran University (since 2005), Member of Parliament of IRI (since 2008).  Member of the Valdai Discussion Club. Previous positions: Visiting professor (permanent member) at Moscow Humanities University, Political Sciences Faculty (1999-2004), The Head of Institute of Culture of ECO Regional Organization (2005 –2006), Cultural attaché at the Embassy of IRI in Russia (1999 – 2003), Cultural attaché at the Embassy of IRI in Kazakhstan (1995 – 1998). Author of eight books in Persian and Russian. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2011.

Satanovsky, Yevgeny Y. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : President, Institute for Middle East Studies
Biography :

Candidate of Economics, Advisory Board member Founder and President of ARIEL GROUP; President of the Institute for Middle East Studies; Vise-President of the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC); Member of the Russian Society of Friends of Arab States; Member of the Center for Oriental Literature of the Russian National Library; Author of the monographs: Israel in Contemporary World Politics: Probable Strategic Adversaries and Strategic Partners, 2001; The Economy of Israel in the 1990s, 1999; and more than 50 articles published between 1987 and the present in academic collections and periodicals in Russia, Israel, and the US. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2006.

Tian Chun-Sgeng image
City : Beijing
Affiliation : Deputy Director, China Association for Economic Studies on Russia and Central and Eastern Europe
Biography :

Professor, Deputy Director, China Association for Economic Studies on Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, Beijing, China. The Secretary General of Eurasian Research Institute for Social Development in Beijing. Since 1992 a member of the board of Chinese community of the world economy. Since 1989, the Secretary General of the Chinese community of the former Yugoslavia and Romania. She passed a research internship at Harvard University. Specialization: Economics of Transition, China and Russia, China and Central and Eastern Europe.Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2011.

Tolipov Farkhod image
City : Tashkent
Affiliation : Director, Bylim Karvoni Nongovernental Research and Training Center
Biography :

An independent political scientist (Tashkent, Uzbekistan). Passed an intern at the NATO Defense College (Rome, 1997), Harvard University (USA, 1999), taught at the University of Georgia (USA, 2004). Lectured at the Centre named after J. Marshall (Germany, 2004-2005.), Geneva Center for Security Policy (Switzerland, 2007). In the period 1998-2002, worked in the Office of the President of Uzbekistan. He has published over 70 scientific articles and monographs. The author of the monograph "Grand Strategy of Uzbekistan in terms of geopolitical and ideological transformation of Central Asia", co-author of the monograph "Central Asia: geo-economics, geopolitics and security." Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Central Asia and Caucasus, member of the Editorial Board China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly (USA), a member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010.

Unnikrishnan Nandan image
City : Delhi
Affiliation : Vice President, Observer Research Foundation
Biography :

Director of the Eurasian Studies, Senior Fellow of Observer Research Foundation, Delhi, India. From 2001 to 2004 he was an independent filmmaker and freelance journalist. His television productions during this period are: Documentary on Indo-Russian defense ties telecast by Doordarshan, documentary on Indo-Russian Relations in English and Russian for the Ministry of External Affairs, documentary film on the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, directed for AIM Television. His articles on late Ahmed Shah Masood were published in Frontline. Interview with Masood was published in The Hindu. His various articles on Russia and Central Asia were published in Financial Express. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010.

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