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On April 8, 2010, the day when the New START Treaty was signed, PIR Center in collaboration with the Ploughshares Fund established the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group. The SuPR Group's main objective was to support continuing and long-lasting success in the efforts by the Russian Fe...

The question of whether Russia should withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) is increasingly being raised by the expert community. What is more, several Russian officials have said that the treaty is detrimental to Russian national security.
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Twenty years ago, the issue of nuclear weapons on the territory of Ukraine and, accordingly, of security assurance to Ukraine in the case of its achieving a non-nuclear status was the focus of attention for policy-makers, diplomats and the international expert community. It was also then that it was...

The crisis unfolding in Ukraine since early 2014 has brought severe consequences not only for the country itself where it evolved into the brutal civil war, but also for the whole Europe in broader meaning - stretching far beyond European borders and impacting the whole international system. Crimea’...

The growing Eurasian ambition of Russia’s political leadership is the framework for today’s Russian efforts for a multi-level and multi-speed integration in the post-Soviet space including Central Asia. This primary economic integration can work with many of the post-Soviet countries, which, after g...

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Baklitskiy, Andrey A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Information Program Director
Expertise :
Nuclear power in the Middle East
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Nuclear energy sector
Iranian nuclear program
Middle East
BRICS
Biography :

PhD student at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Graduated from the Faculty of the International Relations of the Urals Federal University. Holds specialist degree in regional studies and simultaneous interpreter diploma. In the years 2008-2009 took a course at the University of Seville (Spain). Member of the Russian and International Conferences on international security and nuclear non-proliferation. Russian Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center) intern in May-July, 2011. Editor of PIR Center White Paper "Ten Steps toward a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East". The sphere of scientific interest includes international security, bigger Middle East, nuclear energy sector and nonproliferation. In 2011-2013 PIR Center Internet Project Director, Information Program Director since 2013. 06/13

Buzhinsky, Evgeny P. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Senior Vice President
Expertise :
Political and military aspects of international security
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Military cooperation
Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty
Russia-NATO relations
START Treaty
Missile Defense
Nuclear safety
Military Use of the Outer Space
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 2010 - PIR Center Consultant. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2009 and PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010. Member of  PIR Center Advisory Board Working Group on the Prospects for Russian Participation in International Cooperation in Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Field since 201202/13

Demidov Oleg V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Program Director, International Information Security and Global Internet Governance
Expertise :
International legal regulation in cybersecurity area
Social media
Cyber security
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

Oleg Demidov is Director of the Program International Information Security and Global Internet Governance at PIR Center. He graduated from the School of Public Administration at Moscow State University of Lomonosov in 2010. Currently, Oleg has been working on his Ph.D thesis at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University). In 2011-2012, he held the position of Project Coordinator at Center for Political and International Studies (CPIS) under the International Federation for Peace and Conciliation. Since 2012, he has served as an expert to the Commission on Information Security and Cybercrime at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). 

Since 2011 Oleg has been participating in the international project “A Twenty-First Century Concert of Powers” conducted by Frankfurt Peace Research Institute (PRIF) (through 2014). He is the author of a number of research articles on information security, cybersecurity, and global internet governance in PIR Center’s Security Index journal and other editions. Oleg serves as the Secretary of the Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance under PIR Center Advisory Board. In March 2014 Oleg became a member of the Research Advisory Network (RAN) under the Global Commission on Internet Governance (CGIG). Oleg attends major international conferences and summits on the issues of cybersecurity and internet governance in Russia and abroad. He speaks English fluently.  


Kozyulin, Vadim B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Senior Research Fellow
Expertise :
Central Asia
Illegal arms traffic
Small arms and light weapons
International initiatives on illegal arms traffic
Military-technical cooperation between Russia and other countries
Biography :

Candidate of Political Sciences, Professor of the Academy of Military Science. 1990 graduate of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO). Former officer of the Soviet/Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Kozyulin worked at Moscow News Review, later was a representative of the Republic State Enterprise "Kazspetsexport" in Russia. In 2000-2002 Dr. Kozyulin accomplished the Management of Military and Technical Cooperation Program in the Russian Academy for Foreign Trade and defended a thesis on Military Technical Cooperation as a Mechanism of Regional Stability in Central Asia. He maintains close contacts with CIS and foreign export companies. His research interests are Arms Trade Treaty, Russia's military and technical cooperation with foreign countries, stability in Central Asia and Afghanistan. PIR Center Research Fellow since 1994. 02/13

Orlov, Vladimir A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : President, PIR Center; Editor-in-Chief, Security Index Journal
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Nuclear energy sector
Iranian nuclear program
Russian-US security relations
Russian foreign policy
Myanmar in international politics
BRICS
Biography :

Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov is expert in international security and Russia’s foreign policy. His research areas include major threats and challenges to international security, primarily, nuclear nonproliferation.

Dr. Orlov founded PIR Center in 1994 and has been the organization’s leader since then, currently as PIR Center’s President. Since 2006 he also heads the Center's European branch based in Geneva, Centre russe d'etudes politiques. Orlov is a member of PIR Center's Executive Board. Since 1994,he is Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal (until 2007 published under the title Yaderny Kontrol). He is a member of the Russian Pugwash Committee under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); a member of the Russian National Committee for BRICS Studies Research Council; a member of the Washington Quarterly Editorial Board; a member of the Trialogue Club International since 1993; a member of the Russian delegation at the NPT Review Conference (2010) and at the sessions of the NPT Preparatory Committee (2012-2014); a member of International Nuclear Energy Academy (INEA); a member of the Russian Council of Foreign and Defense Policy. Head of Russian Foreign Ministry's Diplomatic Academy Center for Global Trends and International Organizations since 2014. A member of the Expert Council on the Corruption Prevention under the Directorate for Corruption Prevention at the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation since 2014. 

Dr. Orlov is constantly engaged in teaching and educational activities, giving lectures and expert comments on Russian foreign policy and on nuclear nonproliferation within Russia and abroad. He gives lectures in Moscow on a regularly basis, particularly in the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO) of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He also teaches in Geneva and Bishkek. Vladimir Orlov is executive editor and co-author of the Nuclear Nonproliferation textbook in two volumes (the second edition was released in 2003; the third expanded edition is scheduled for 2014).

He is the author (or coauthor) of more than a dozen books and monographs and nearly three hundred research papers and journalistic articles. Recently, articles by Dr. Orlov have been published in Security Index journal, International Affairs (Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn) journal, Russia in Global Affairs magazine, the Washington Quarterly magazine, the Seguridad Internacional  journal. His columns and comments regularly appear in the Kommersant daily newspaper. (07/14)

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Polikanov, Dmitry V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Vice President, Trialogue Club International Chairman
Expertise :
Russia-NATO relations
Missile Defense
Russian foreign policy
Biography :

PhD in Political Sciences. In 1998 graduate with merit from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Holds the title of Associate Professor from the Russian Academy of Sciences and the title of Full Professor of the World Distributed University of the European Informatization Academy. In 2003-2006 - Director of International and Public Relations of the All-Russan Public Opinion Research Center. In 2006-2007 - Director of Market Research and Public Opinion in The PBN Company. Since 2012 - Director of the Bureau for Strategic Communications. Author of over 100 publications on conflict management, peacekeeping, arms control, international relations and foreign policy (in Russian and foreign languages). Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the International Sociological Association, the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center Research Council, PIR Center Vice President, Trialogue Club International Chairman. 06/13

Zulkharneev, Albert F. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Executive Director
Expertise :
Central Asia
Water and energy security
Biography :

Albert Zulkharneev graduated from the Faculty of World Politics and World Economy of the National Research University - Higher School of Economics. Graduated with the Master degree from the International Relations Department of the Ural State University and got Master degree in History from Central European University (2007, Budapest, Hungary). In 2003-2005 participated in international courses of Farsi language and literature. Since 2007 was intern in the  PIR Center. In August - December 2011 scholar of the Program for teaching and research at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. PIR Center Education and Training Program Director, PIR Center Executive Director since 2013. 04/13

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