Heather A. Conley, Vladimir Orlov, Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky, Cyrus Newlin, Sergey Semenov and Roksana Gabidullina
The Future of U.S.-Russian Arms Control: Principles of Engagement and New Approaches image

As one of its first security policy decisions, the Biden administration agreed to extend the New START Treaty for five years with no conditions.  The New START Treaty represents one of the last remaining vestiges of international arms control architecture and one of the few areas of potentially prod...

Natalia Romashkina, Dmitry Stefanovich, Alexey Markov

The monograph is devoted to topical issues of international security and strategic stability in the context of accelerated development of information and communication technologies. It justifies the importance of ensuring international information security. The monograph examines the possibility of ...

The Valdai Discussion Club

February 9, 2021.


Autonomous weapons are moving from engineering concept to army arsenals all around the world, and reports on their combat use are becoming more frequent. The first surprise about drones is that non-government military groups were the first to use them i...

Surviving in a Deregulated Strategic World image

Russian-American strategic relations are entering uncharted waters with the demise of the arms control regime; rapid technological revolution; the rise of nuclear multipolarity; the asymmetry of the two countries’ positions amid their growing confrontation and an increasing likelihood of military con...

Now when the U.S. presidential elections are over the fate of the START Treaty and nuclear arms control, in general, has become clearer.

The New START treaty is set to expire on February 5, 2021, and only a few months ago there was little doubt that it would be the end of it. The Trump administratio...

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Centre russe d'études politiques

Cadisch, Marc image
  • City : Geneva
  • Affiliation : Director of the SPIEZ LABORATORY
Biography :

Marc Cadisch studied pharmacy at the University of Bern. He obtained his doctorate in organic chemistry from the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). Before becoming director of the SPIEZ LABORATORY he worked in private industry. During this time, he continued his further education at the University of St. Gallen, where he was awarded the "Executive MBA HSG". In 2002, he was appointed as the director of the SPIEZ LABORATORY. He assumed this post on 1st April 2003.

Cirincione, Joseph image
  • City : Washington D.C.
  • Affiliation : President, Ploughshares Fund
Biography :

President of the Ploughshares Fund. Cirincione had previously served as Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, and for eight years as the director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (2007) and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (2006). He is on the adjunct faculty of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he teaches in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has written over 200 articles on defense issues, produced two DVDs on proliferation, appears frequently in the media, and has given over 150 lectures around the world in the past two years. He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia University Press, Spring 2007). He is the co-author of Contain and Engage: A New Strategy for Resolving the Iranian Nuclear Crisis (March 2007), two editions of Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (2005 and 2002), Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (March 2005) and WMD in Iraq, (January 2004). He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is an honors graduate of Boston College and holds a Masters of Science with highest honors from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He is happily married with two children. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2009.

Eleukenov, Dastan S. image
  • City : Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • Affiliation : Dr., Chairman of the Board, Kazakhstan Agency for International Development KazAID
Biography :

Candidate of Physics and Mathematics. Formerly, Director of the Kazakhstan branch, Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

Fedorov, Yuri image
  • City : Rome, Italy
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : PIR Center Executive Board Member and Security Index Editorial Board Member
Biography :

Candidate of History, Professor. Member of the Czech Association of International Affairs, Professor of the Metropolitan University Prague. Erlier was an Associated Fellow in Royal Institute of International Affairs (also known as Chatham House, United Kingdom). Leading expert on international security issues, including energy security and arms control. His name and numerous publications on strategic armaments, tactical nuclear weapons, anti-missile defense, and missile warning systems are well known both in Russia and abroad. Headed the team of authors and wrote several chapters in the UNDP's annual Human Development Reports for the Russian Federation. Professor at MGIMO. Also worked at King's College in London, doing research and teaching within the Program on Post-Communist Security Studies. PIR Center Board Member and Security Index Editorial Board Member.

Johnson, Rebecca image
  • City : London, UK
  • Affiliation : Founding Director, Acronym Institute
Biography :

PhD.  With a background in physics, an MA in Far Eastern studies and a PhD in international relations, she has monitored treaty developments, including the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) from 1994 to the present. With a varied background that has included grassroots activism, campaign organising and consultancy work for the United Nations, the European Union and other government bodies, she was senior advisor for the International WMD (Blix) Commission 2004-06 and is currently Vice Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). She also serves as a special advisor to various international organisations.The United Nations in May 2009 published her book on civil society and government strategies to achieve the CTBT, titled Unfinished Business. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

Maslin, Evgeny P. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : PIR Center Executive Board member, Consultant ANO ASPECT-CONVERSION
Biography :

Colonel General (Ret.), one of the founders of Russia's programs for international cooperation in the dismantlement of surplus armaments, an accomplishment recognized by the award of several government honors, including the Order of the Red Star, Order for Service to the Fatherland, and many medals. A leading expert on nuclear security, nuclear weapons reductions, and verification mechanisms. Laureate of the Russian State Prize. Worked in USSR/Russian Ministry of Defense organizations for more than 40 years, including from 1992-1997 as head of the Russian Ministry of Defense 12th Main Directorate, which is responsible for the security of nuclear munitions. Author of many publications in Russian and English, including articles on nuclear security, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, and nuclear nonproliferation. He was awarded the Order of Military Merit and the Order of Courage.

Mau, Vladimir A. image
  • Affiliation : Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
Biography :

Doctor of Economics. Member of the Board of Directors of the Gazprom company. Doctor of Economics, Professor. Recognized by the Russian Federation as an economist of distinction. Participated in the drafting and realization of economic reforms in Russia, holding a variety of government posts. Served as an advisor to the Russian prime minister in 1992-1993, and from 1997-2002 headed the Russian government's Working Center for Economic Reform. Currently a member of the Presidential Council on Science, Technology, and Education. Author of over 20 monographs, books, and learning aids and more than 400 brochures, academic articles, and popular essays. Academic interests include political economy, history of Russian economic thought and economic reforms, economic policy history and theory, and comparative analysis of economic policy.

Mettan, Guy image
  • Affiliation : Executive Director of the Swiss Press Club
Biography :

Guy Mettan is journalist, artist and Swiss politician, member of PDC. He was a director and editor-in-chief of Tribune de Genève in 1992. In 1996, Guy Mettan created "Business Club Romand" in Zurich. In 1998 Mr. Mettan presided "le Fondation EMA" whose goal is to provide South countries with a better access to capitals, technologies and international markets and "Association ASEMA". In the same year, Tribune de Genève being purchased by the Edipresse group, Guy Mettan left his post. He started a career of a politician and gets the post of city counselman of Geneva in 1999. In 2001 Mr. Mettan was appointed vice-presedent of the Swiss-West Africa Chamber of Commerce, and in 2005 of the Swiss-Russian Joint Chambers of Commerce (JCC), and president of the Geneva Red Cross in 2006. Also Guy Mettan is the President of the Grand Conseil of the Geneva canton and president of the Swiss Press Club, of which he is a charter member. Honorary member (Membre d’Honneur) of the Centre russe detudes politiques.

Müller, Harald image
  • City : Frankfurt, Germany
  • Affiliation : Senior Researcher, Frankfurt Institute of Peace Problems
Biography :

Dr., Prof., Director of the Peace Research Institute (Frankfurt, Germany). Member of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters of the UN Secretary General. Member of the Advisory Board of the German Federal Security Academy. Professor of the John Hopkins University (Bologna, Italy). Professor of International Relations, University of Frankfurt Research interests: international security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1997.

Nazarkin, Yury K. image
  • City : Bogis-Bossey
  • Position : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR/ Russia
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Professor of Geneva School of Diplomacy. Previously Representative of the USSR to the Conference on Disarmament, the chief negotiator of the START 1 Treaty, Assistant Secretary to the Russian Security Council. Honorary member (Membre d’Honneur) of the Centre russe detudes politiques.

Orlov, Vladimir A. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Founder & Director
  • E-mail : [email protected]
Biography :

Current positions:

- Founder & Director, PIR Center

- President, Trialogue Club International

Professor, Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO University)

- Co-Founder & Academic Supervisor, International Dual Degree MA Program in Nonproliferation & Global Security Studies, MGIMO University


Biography in brief:

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

In 1994, Dr. Orlov founded PIR Center, a private think tank dealing with international security and Russia’s foreign policy issues, now a leading Russian and international research and publishing nongovernmental organization in this area. Dr. Orlov is currently PIR Center’s Director; member of its Executive Board; and Director of the Center’s Nonproliferation and Russia Program.

In 1994, Dr. Orlov launched the first Russian journal on nonproliferation issues, Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control). In 2007 the journal was developed into Security Index (Indeks Bezopasnosti), with both Russian and global (English-language) editions. Altogether, 112 issues of the journal were produced with Dr. Orlov’s leadership as its editor-in-chief. Currently, Security Index continues as Occasional Paper Series, with Sr. Orlov as its Editor.

In 1994 and later during 1999-2002, Dr. Orlov, while continuing his work in Moscow, was a Visiting Scholar and Senior Research Associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. In 2001-2002, the U.N. Secretary-General appointed Dr. Orlov as a U.N. consultant on disarmament and nonproliferation education. In 2004, Dr. Orlov became a professor at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), a position he kept until 2008, when he decided to concentrate on the development of Center russe d’études politiques in Geneva, an association which he led for twelve years (2006-2018).

Since 1995, Dr. Orlov took part in the work of all NPT Review Conferences. Since 2010, as a member of the Russian delegation, he has been participated at the NPT Review Conferences (2010, 2015) and the sessions of the Preparatory Committee for Review Conferences.

Starting 2008, Dr. Orlov has been working on the concept of BRIC, later BRICS, and its development, particularly on its peace and security basket. He is a member of the Russian National Committee for BRICS Studies Research Council and participated in several BRICS Academic Forums.

Since 2014, Dr. Orlov is the Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Dr. Orlov is President of the Trialogue Club International, which he founded in 1993.

Dr. Orlov participates in the activity of several international centers and groups in the sphere of international security. He is a member of the Russian Council of Foreign and Defense Policy; of the International Nuclear Energy Academy (INEA); and of the Washington Quarterly Editorial Board (since 2005). Dr. Orlov served as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Nuclear Security at the World Economic Forum (2014-2016); and of the Advisory Board of the Government of the Russian Federation (2014-2019). For four years (2015-2018) Dr. Orlov served at the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

In 2018, Dr. Orlov was awarded a medal “For the contribution to the international cooperation” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

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. His initiative culminated in establishment (in 2016) of the International Dual Degree MA Program in Nonproliferation and Global Security Studies – a joint project by the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO University), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and PIR Center. Currently he serves as academic supervisor of the program. Dr. Orlov is Professor at MGIMO University. He is executive editor and co-author of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Textbook in two volumes.

Dr. Orlov is author of more than a dozen books and monographs and more than three hundred research papers, articles, and essays. He publishes his views in Russian and foreign periodicals including International Affairs (Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn’), Russia in Global Affairs, Security Index, and the Washington Quarterly. He runs a column at Kommersant, a leading Russian policy daily newspaper as well he regularly addresses Russian TV audience at the Great Game TV show of the Russian Channel 1.

Dr. Orlov speaks English and Spanish. His hobbies include Russian classical literature, theatre, hiking in the mountains, and bicycle touring in the tropics. He is a passionate world traveler. Together with his wife Tatyana, he crossed 16,000 km by car across Russia towards lake Baikal, around it, and back, also crossed the United States by car from the Atlantic to the Pacific, hiked in western Madagascar, explored eastern Bhutan, took a canoe trip into Venezuelan rainforest, reconstructed Count Alexander Suvorov’s 1799 Alpine Crossing of Switzerland, and recently completed round-the-world trip visiting over 30 remote islands and archipelagos of which he is currently writing his new book.

Dr. Orlov’s is on Twitter (Orlov_pircenter) on professional matters (in English), and on Facebook (VladimirAOrloff) as well as on his own web site, mostly in Russian, with a mix of his professional expertise and travel-related experiences.

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Palazzolo (Shadrina), Ekaterina image
  • City : Geneva
  • Affiliation : Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
  • Position : Senior Board & External Relations Officer
Biography :

Ekaterina Palazzolo obtained an MA in Diplomatic Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Westminster (UK) in 2002. Prior to joining the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, she worked in the Russian private sector, and had internships at the U.S. Department of Interior and the Chatham House (RIIA). Served as CEO of the Center for Policy Studies in Russia.


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Potter, William image
  • City : Monterey, US
  • Affiliation : Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Biography :

Doctor, Professor. Member of the international relations division of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Adviser on nonproliferation to the UN Secretary General. Research interests: nonproliferation in the former Soviet Union.

Providoli, David image
  • Affiliation : Attorney-at-Law
Biography :

Holder of the Law degree from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, in 2003 Mr. Providoli received a Qualification as notary public in Valais and Qualification as solicitor in Switzerland. In 2005 he obtained an Associate position with a mid tier law firm in Geneva with assignments in international commercial arbitrations. Mr. Providoli acted as Legal counsel to a financial group based in Turkey. Starting from 2009 he is acting as an independent attorney at law with a main focus for the financial community (banks, funds and asset managers). In this latest position, activities cover commercial litigations and legal advice. David Providoli has a strong interest in start ups and small companies, and is a member of an Angel Finance network with a European reach out.

Risi, Cosimo image
  • City : Bern
  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Italy in Switzerland
Biography :

Cosimo Risi was born 1951, in Salerno, Italy. Cosimo Risi is Permanent Representative to the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Minister Plenipotentiary at the Italian Misnitry of Foreign Affairs he previously worked as Head of Unit for the External Relations to EU and WTO at the Directorate General for Multilateral Economic and Financial Cooperation of the Italian MFA, and as responsible for the European Neighbourhood Policy at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union, and lately as Italian Coordinator of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Mr. Risi teached International Relations at the Institut Supérieur du Management Public et Politique in Brussels and is now adjunct professor of International Relations at University of Salerno and at the European College of Parma. He also teaches International Cooperation at the University of Trieste and is Coordinator of the editorial board of “Europae”, Quarterly of European Affairs. In september 2013 Cosimo Risi became an Ambassador of italy to Switzeralnd.

Satanovsky, Yevgeny Y. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : President, President, The Middle East Institute (MEI)
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.

Stepanova, Ekaterina A. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Position : Head of the Peace and Conflict Studies Unit
Biography :

Ph.D in Political Science, head of the Group on peace and conflict studies and leading research associate at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), RAS. Specializes on armed conflicts and conflict management research, terrorism, other types of collective violence, ideological extremism, political economy of conflicts, and network structures. In 2007-2009 was Leader of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Armed Conflicts and Conflict Management Project. Author of 180 scientific papers in ten languages, six monographs, including "Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict" (Oxford Univ. Press, 2008). Her book “The Role of Illicit Drug Business in the Political Economy of Conflicts and Terrorism” (Moscow, 2005) has won the medal for young scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Serves on editorial boards of the following journals: "Global Governence", "Terrorism and Political Violence" (St Andrews Univesity, UK), "The International Journal on Conflict and Violence", "Security Index" (PIR Center), and "The road to peace and security". Gives lectures for the international programs at the European University in St. Petersburg (EUSP) and Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Member of the PIR Center Executive Board member, the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the Russian-American expert group on Afghan drug trafficking, and the expert and methodological group Global Peace Index. Personal web-page:

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  • Affiliation : Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Human Rights in Crimea
Biography :

Ambassador Gérard Stoudmann studied law at the University of Lausanne and International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. At the beginning of career Gérard Stoudmann served as Personal Adviser to Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, President of the Swiss Confederation and Minister of Economy. Later Gérard Stoudmann was Managing Director of the St-Gallen Foundation for International Studies, University of St-Gallen and of the “St-Gallen International Management Symposium”. In 1997, Gérard Stoudmann was appointed Ambassador and elected Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw. Later he was Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. In 2006 Ambassador served as UN High Representative for the Elections in Cote d'Ivoire, an appointment by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In 2009 - 2015 served as Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Organizational Development and Reform of the Organization. Honorary member (Membre d’Honneur) of the Centre russe detudes politiques.


Logo_Trialog_Ru_copy_1.jpgTrialogue Club International is a meeting place for diplomats, experts, businessmen, journalists and the source of exclusive information on Russian foreign policy and global security. Selected members of the Centre russe d'études politiques are also the members of Trialogue Club. The meetings of the Club take place four times a year in Moscow plus one time a year abroad and are based on a keynote speech by a leading governmental or nongovernmental expert from Russian or a foreign country. It gives a perfect chance to obtain necessary information through the extensive Q&A sessions.


Yakushkin, Dmitri D. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Communications Director, Russdragmet
Biography :

Renowned expert in mass media, public relations, and democratization of civil society. Experienced journalist and analyst. Has worked in international journalism for more than 20 years, specializing in politics; has worked with leading newspapers and television companies in Russia and abroad. In 1998-2000 served as deputy director of the Russian Presidential Staff and President Boris Yeltsin's press secretary. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. 07.14