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Today the BRICS states have become one of the most massive and rapidly growing segments of the global internet community. In 2013 total number of internet users in BRICS states exceeded 900 mln (which accounted for 38% of the world’s internet audience) while still experiencing a meteor growth rangin...

Currently there is no need to stress the fact that BRICS states have become on the most massive and at the same time the most rapidly growing segments of the global internet community. Enough to mention that in 2013 total number of internet users in BRICS states exceeded 700 mln (or 30% of the world...

Twenty years ago the issue of nuclear weapons on Ukraine’s territory, and of security assurances to be given to Ukraine in return for becoming a non-nuclear weapon state, was at the center of attention of politicians, diplomats, and the international expert community. It seemed at the time that the ...

Dmitry G. Efstafiev, Evgeny P. Buzhinsky, Vadim B. Kozuylin, Vladimir A.Orlov, Mikhail V. Yakushev

Experts trying to predict what Afghanistan’s future will look like once NATO troops leave the country typically assume that a great deal will depend on the results of the April 2014 presidential election. Analysts agree that the main problems facing the current Afghan government – corruption, poor g...

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PIR Center Expertise for Media

Akhtamzyan, Ildar A. image
Affiliation : Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Position : Assistant Professor
Expertise :
Nuclear nonproliferation, historical aspects
Nuclear power in the Middle East
Biography :

PhD. in Historical Sciences. Graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1979 and since that time has been working for that Institute as a graduate student, lecturer, senior lecturer, associate professor of the History of international relations and foreign policy Department. Author of the first national course on nonproliferation (MGIMO). Participated as a lecturer in the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute. Author of more than 60 publications in Russia and abroad on the history of international relations, arms control and nonproliferation, including two books of collected documents related to these problems. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

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.  


Ibragimova Galiya image
City : Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Central Asia
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

PhD in political sciences. Got her degree from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) with major in “Political Issues of International Relations and Global Development”). Graduate with Master degree of International Relations Faculty/ International Journalism Department. In 2008-2009 participated in Professional Management Program (intensive MBA program) at the Uzbekistan-Japan Center for Human Development with getting PMP degree. Participant of a number of conferences and seminars on Central Asia security. Graduate of the International Summer School on Global Security. Research interests include the problems of regional security in Central Asia, information security, global information space in the emerging new world order. 02/13

Kovchegin Dmitry image
Affiliation : Independent Researcher
Expertise :
Nuclear safety
Biography :

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. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Cooperation in Mass Destruction Weapon Nonproliferation and Physical Nuclear Safety since 2012.

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

Lata, Vasily F. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : PIR Center Consultant, Security Index Editorial Board Member
Expertise :
START Treaty
Missile Defense
Military Use of the Outer Space
Biography :

Lieutenant-General (ret.), Doctor of Military Sciences, Professor. Dr. Lata has worked in the Soviet/Russian Defense Ministry's agencies for over 35 years, including as the deputy chief of the Defense Ministry's Military Policy Administration in 1992-1994. After that, chief of operations, deputy chief of the Strategic Missile Forces Supreme Staff. Full member of the Academy of Military Sciences. Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of Strategic Missile Forces. Professor of the Missile Forces and Artillery Department, Military Academy of the General Staff. 02/13

Mironova, Irina Y. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PhD Student at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Expertise :
Relations between South Korea and DPRK
Russian energy policy
Energy Charter and European energy markets
Biography :

Holds master's degree from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (Modern History and International Relations, 2010) and bachelor's degree from the Ural State University, Ekaterinburg, Russia (International Relations / Oriental Studies, 2008). In 2005-2006 participated in student exchange programme in Sungkyunkwan University (Seoul, South Korea). In 2009-2010 was an intern at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael (The Hague, the Netherlands), in May-August 2010 participated in a traineeship programme at the Energy Charter Secretariat (Brussels, Belgium). Irina has publications in International Gas (magazine of the International Gas Union), Eurasia Energy Observer and other editions. Academic interests include regions of Northeast Asia and Central Asia, and regional aspects of energy security.

Murogov Victor M. image
City : Obninsk
Affiliation : Prof., State Technical University of Nuclear Power
Expertise :
Nuclear energy sector
Nuclear safety
IAEA
Biography :

Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2012. Professor of State Technical University of Nuclear Power (Obninsk), Chief Scientist of Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Institute (Moscow), Director of Russian Association Nuclear Science and Education (RANSE).Graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Engineering in 1961. In 1989 he received Doctor's degree in Nuclear Physics. From 1996 to 2004 the Deputy General Director of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and represented the Russian Federation in IAEA. During this period he also worked as the Head of Department of Nuclear Energy of IAEA, General Manager of IAEA MP 1 – “Nuclear Power, Fuel Cycle and Nuclear Science”. In 2000-2003 a Project Manager for the NPRO International Project. In 2008 he became the Director of International Center Nuclear Education, MEPhI(Moscow). PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2009.

Orlov, Vladimir A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : PIR Center President, "Security Index" Journal Editor-in-Chief
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 has a PhD in Political Science. Dr. Orlov’s expertise is in the area of international security and Russia’s foreign policy. He focuses his research on major threats and challenges to international security, primarily, nuclear nonproliferation, including Iranian nuclear program and US-Russian relations.

Dr. Orlov founded PIR Center in 1994 and since then he has been heading the organization’s work in Moscow, Russia, 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 the PIR Center's Executive Board. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal since 1994 (until 2007 published under the name Nuclear Control (Yaderny Kontrol)). He is a member of the Russian Pugwash Committee under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences; a member of the Russian National Committee for BRICS Studies Research Council; a member of the Monterey Nonproliferation Strategy Group; a member of the Trialogue Club International which he founded in 1993; a member of the Washington Quarterly Editorial Board; a member of International Nuclear Energy Academy (INEA); a member of the Board on Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SUPR) since 2009; a member of the Council of Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP).

Starting 1995, Dr. Orlov attends the NPT Review Conferences. During the 2010 NPT Review Conference, Dr. Orlov served as a member of the official delegation of the Russian Federation, and he has served as a member of the Russian Federation’s delegation to the 2012 and 2013 Preparatory Committees.

Dr. Orlov is constantly engaged in teaching and educational activities, giving lectures on Russian foreign policy and on nuclear nonproliferation. He gives lectures on a regularly basis in Moscow, Geneva, and Bishkek. Vladimir Orlov is executive editor and co-author of the Nuclear Nonproliferation textbook in two volumes, second edition of which was released in 2003; the textbook’s third edition is scheduled for release in 2013.

He is the author (or coauthor) of more than a dozen books and monographs and nearly three hundred research papers and articles in the media. Recently, articles by Dr. Orlov, in addition to those that have been published in PIR Centter’s  Security Index journal, were published in the International Affairs (Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn) journal, Russia in Global Affairs magazine, the Washington Quarterly magazine, Seguridad Internacional  journal, and his columns regularly appear in the Kommersant daily newspaper. (04/13)

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Petelin, Evgeny N. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Editor of the international edition, "Security Index" journal
Expertise :
Chinese energy policy
Biography :

PhD Student of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (major in “Political issues of international relations, global and regional development”, paper title "International Aspects of China's Energy Policy"). Graduate of the Institute of History and Political Sciences of Tyumen State University (major in “International Relations”). In May-July 2012 - Chinese language internship in Shanghai Univercity and Beijing Language and Culture University. In 2012-2013 - Chinese language program in Harbin Institute of Technology. Participant of a number of conferences and seminars on international relations. Research interests include China's energy policy, environmentally sound energy technology transfer. 02/13

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

Smertina, Ksenia V. image
Position : PIR Center Expert
Expertise :
European Security Policy
Draft of agreement on European security
Biography :

PhD student of MGIMO (University) MFA of Russia. Holds MA degree from Saint-Petersburg State University , School of International Relations (2010) and from Central European University (2008). Intern of PIR Center in 2009. Research interests: states of Central and Eastern Europe, European security issues.

Yakushev, Michael V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : ICANN
Position : Vice President of Global Stakeholder Engagement for Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe.
Expertise :
International legal regulation in cybersecurity area
Information security
International aspects of Internet development
Internet identification
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

Mikhail is an experienced attorney and specialist in the field of information security. He is the  PayPal IRM Director, earlier - vice president of the Mail.ru Group and previously served as president of the Coordination Center of the Russian Top-Level Domain (RU), DST Advisors Managing Director. Mikhail focuses on information rights issues, including access to information. He has co-authored the drafts of most of Russia's legislation on information technology. Previously, he was employed at Microsoft Russia, where he was responsible for the corporation's cooperation with governmental authorities in Russia and other CIS states. Mikhail represented the Russian Federation in the G8 working group on legal issues, and in 2004, he was a member of the working group on Internet governance established by the U.N. Secretary-General. Mikhail served as the Chair of PIR Center's Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance under the Center's Advisory Board in 2012-2014. 

Yesin, Viktor I. image
Affiliation : Advisor to the Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Missile Forces, Ministry of Defense
Expertise :
START Treaty
Missile Defense
Nuclear disarmament
Biography :

Colonel-General (ret.), Candidate of Military Sciences, Prof., PIR Center Advisory Board member. Graduated from the F.E. Dzerzhinski Military Academy and The General Staff Academy of the Armed Forces. In 1959 started working in Military Forces. For over 40 years, worked in the Soviet/Russian Defense Ministry's agencies. In 1998-2002 chief of the Russian Security Council Administration. Formerly, Сhief of the Strategic Missile Forces General Staff. Research interests: reform of armed forces, strategic stability. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

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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