I am going to talk about Afghanistan, about the possible influences of Afghanistan on Central Asia and also about Russian policy in the region, regarding the situation in Afghanistan. We’re not going to catch up on the whole situation in Afghanistan. We are more concerned about the northern provin...
International agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue, signed in summer of 2015 (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - JCPOA), has become a turning point in efforts to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime. However, approaches to its implementation are still the subject of controversy betwee...
The beginning of 2016 was marked by growing activity of DPRK leaders in implementing their national program to develop medium- and long-range ballistic missiles. Iran, in its turn, conducted two test launches of missiles used by the national armed forces. Such activity triggered protests of the glob...
The 2015 NPT Review Conference, which failed to approve a Final Document, has put into stark relief the key challenges facing the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The international community will have to come up with effective responses to these challenges as part of the 2016-2020 NPT review cycle....
Until recently, Russia was almost the only major power trying to avoid any contacts with the radical movement of Taliban. Its contacts in Afghanistan were limited strictly to the legitimate government, and that position of Moscow seemed hard and fast. Late in 2015, however, Russian Special Envoy for...
PIR Center Expertise for Media
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). PIR Center intern in May-July, 2011. In 2011-2013 PIR Center Internet Project Director, Information Program Director since 2013. Took part in the sessions of the NPT Preparatory Committee in 2013-2014. 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. 06/14
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. Deputy CEO of "Vega Radio Engineering Corporation" since 2009. Member of Russian International Affairs Council. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group and PIR Center International Expert Group.
Oleg Demidov 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). In 2013-2014, he held the position of Director of the Program International Information Security and Global Internet Governance at PIR Center.
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). PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2015.
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
Alexandra's research interests within the PIR Center program "Global Internet Governance and International Information" and beyond include national and global internet governance, privacy and data protection online, state and corporate policies on ICT security, international cyber-strategies and policies.
In 2012-2014 she participated in the London School of Economics Media Policy Project research group as a research assistant contributing to the ongoing study projects in the field of media policies in the UK and EU.
Previously in 2007-2012 Alexandra ran the RBCC Bulletin, the monthly business magazine of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce.
She holds MSc degree from the London School of economics and Political Science in media and communication governance and graduate degree from Moscow State Linguistic University in theory and practice of intercultural communication and teaching foreign languages and cultures.
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, a private think-tank dealing with global security and foreign policy, in 1994 and was the institute’s Director (President) until April 2015 when he decided to step down as PIR Center’s CEO while remaining on Center’s Executive Board and concentrating on specific nuclear nonproliferation and other projects as Center’s Special Advisor.
Since 2014, Dr. Orlov is the Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Dr. Orlov is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (since 2015). He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Nuclear Security at the World Economic Forum (since 2014). Dr. Orlov is a member of the Trialogue Club International, which he founded in 1993. He is the Director (since 2006) of the Centre russe d'etudes politiques, a Geneva-based research and consultancy association.
Dr. Orlov is a member (since 2014) of the Advisory Board of the Government of the Russian Federation. He is a member (since 2014) of the Advisory Board on the Corruption Prevention under the Anti-Corruption Directorate at the President’s Office of the Russian Federation.
He is a member of the Russian National Committee for BRICS Studies Research Council; a member of the Russian Public Committee “UN-70”; Advisor to the Russian delegation at the NPT Review Conferences (2010; 2015) and at the sessions of the NPT Preparatory Committee (2012-2014); a member of the Russian Council of Foreign and Defense Policy (SVOP); a member of International Nuclear Energy Academy (INEA); a member of the Russian Pugwash Committee under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); a member of the Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF); a member of the Washington Quarterly Editorial Board.
In 1994, Dr. Orlov founded Security Index journal (until 2007 published under the title Yaderny Kontrol). He was its editor-in-chief until 2015, and currently is a member of journal’s Editorial Board.
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 at the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO) of the Russian Foreign Ministry where he is Academic Director of the module on WMD proliferation for MA students. He also gives lectures in Geneva, Bishkek, and Monterey. Vladimir Orlov is executive editor and co-author of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Textbook in two volumes (the 3rd edition, 2013; the 4th expanded edition is scheduled for 2016).
He is the author (or coauthor) of more than a dozen books and monographs and nearly three hundred research papers, essays, and columns. Articles by Dr. Orlov have been published in Security Index journal, International Affairs (Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn) journal, Russia in Global Affairs magazine, the Washington Quarterly journal, and Seguridad Internacional journal, among others. His columns and comments regularly appear at the Kommersant daily newspaper. Dr. Orlov is on Twitter and Facebook, and his blog is on PIR Center’s website. (10/15)
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
Graduated from the South Ural State University, International department. Specialist in the sphere of international relations, translator in the sphere of professional communications. Winner of the Russian Council on International Affairs “Global Prospects 2011” competition in nomination “Best translation of a foreign scientific article”. Research interests: Euro-Atlantic security, Russia-U.S. security relations. PIR Center Intern in September-December 2012.
PIR Center Consultant. Editor of the Security Index journal. Graduated from the Irkutsk State University. Passed training courses in MGIMO (University) of the MFA of Russia, 2011, 2013, CTBTO Preparatory Commission, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. In 2013-2014, Research Fellow at Laboratory of military economy of Gaidar Institute. From 2011 to 2013, Executive Director of the Center for strategic estimates and forecasts. From 2011 to 2013, Research Fellow at the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies. From 2009 to 2013, expert of the project "Security Index in Central Asia," Institute of political solutions (Kazakhstan). In 2010-2012, Head of the Analytical Directorate, Expert at Foundation for advanced studies "Bastion". From 2006 to 2011, Vice President, Head of the Research Group on International Security and Conflicts at SD RuPSA. From 2011, expert of Eurasia Heritage Foundation. Editor of the White Paper of the PIR Center "Towards nuclear disarmament: NTP article VI and Implementation of the 2010 Review Conference Decisions". Executive Editor of the Conference Proceedings of III & IV Moscow Conference on International Security of the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation, 2014, 2015. The awards winner of MGIMO-University, Moscow State University, Institute of Oriental Studies, Rosatom, Federation for Peace and Conciliation, National Committee on BRICS Research.
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 in 2013-2015. PIR Center Director since April, 2015. 04/15