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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...

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...

The first of July 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening for signature of the landmark Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). This treaty is the world’s most important multilaterally negotiated international treaty on global nuclear governance. Of its 193 States partie...

I believe that during the last months, we have been witnessing very serious changes inside Syria and around Syria. So, I will start with some truth inventory of the main developments that can help us to understand what is going on. The first issue that I would like to stress is that we are still wit...

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Baklitskiy, Andrey A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Nuclear power in the Middle East
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Middle East
Biography :

Researcher of the Center for Global Problems and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. 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. In 2014-2017 PIR Center "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director. 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.  09/17

Chepeleva Alexandra V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Database coordinator
Biography :

Graduated from the faculty of International Relations, specialization - intercultural communication of Moscow Humanitarian University in 2009. In 2008 completed an internship in PIR Center, including administrative work in its European office in Geneva. PIR Center Education Program Coordinator (2012-2013). 06/17

Demidov Oleg V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
International legal regulation in cybersecurity area
Social media
Cyber security
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

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. 06/17


Kolbin Alexander S. image
City : London
Affiliation : CargoLogicAir
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Tactical nuclear weapons in Europe
Russian nuclear policy
Nuclear disarmament
Arms control
Biography :

Currently, Alexander is Advisor to the President of CargoLogicAir Company (international air logistics company), PIR Center's Consultant, Chevening Scholar at the King's College London (MA program in Non-Proliferation and International Security). Until 2017 - military analyst, then Head of the International Organizations Affairs Division at Volga-Dnepr Group; until 2013 - "Russia and Nuclear Non-Proliferation" Program Coordinator at PIR Center. In 2012 - Guest Researcher at SIPRI. In 2011 graduated from the National Research Tomsk State University with major in International Relations. Winner of the PIR Center's International Summer School in 2010. 06/17

Kozyulin, Vadim B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Project Director, Project on Asian Security; Project Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project
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. PIR Center Asian Security Project Director and Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project Director since 2017. 06/17

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. 06/17

Margoev, Adlan R. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Russian nuclear policy
Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
Nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East
Iran
Arms control
Biography :

PhD Candidate at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University). Editor of "Yaderny Kontrol" (Nuclear Control) monthly analytical bulletin on nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Graduate of the M.A. Dual Degree Program in Nonproliferation Studies established by PIR Center, MGIMO University, and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (2018). Holds a B.A. degree in International Relations from MGIMO University with major in Iranian Studies (2016), speaks Persian. His research interests include Iran's nuclear program, NPT review process, Russian arms control and nonproliferation policies, and U.S.-Russia dialogue on nuclear issues. 10/18

Orlov, Vladimir A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Founder
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Russian-US security relations
Foreign policy of the Russian Federation
Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
International security policy of the Russian Federation
Russian-European security relations
Russian foreign policy and the Middle East (including the Gulf region)
Nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East
BRICS's perspectives on peace and security
Assessment of best international practices on fighting corruption 
Building new European security architecture
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, 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.

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 (till 2019).

Dr. Orlov is a member of the Trialogue Club International, which he founded in 1993. He is the founder (in 2006) of the Centre russe d'etudes politiques, a Geneva-based research and consultancy association.

He is a member of the Russian National Committee for BRICS Studies Research Council; 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 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. 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) of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and PIR Center. He serves as academic consultant to the program and teaches Russian foreign and security policy as well as nuclear nonproliferation at MGIMO. 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.

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 (Orlov_pircenter) and Facebook (VladimirAOrloff), and his blog is on PIR Center’s website (www.pircenter.org/en). (04/17)

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Seslavinskaya, Yuliya S. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Information Projects Coordinator
Biography :

M.A. in Dual Degree Programme on International Security from Sciences Po Paris and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) (2016), B.A. in International Relations (MGIMO-University, 2014). Interned at PIR Center (2013), at the International Organisations Department of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2014) and at GR-Department of Rambler&Co (2016). Worked as reporter at the Russian State Duma for TASS News agency and as assistant to the editor-in-chief of "Security Index" Journal. "Kommersant" Journalism Academy Alumni (2017). Research interests: secessionism and world sovereignty system, social and political implications of digital technologies, international globalisation processes coverage by media. Speaks French and English. 11/18


Shakirov Oleg I. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
European security
OSCE
Digital diplomacy
Biography :

Graduated from the South Ural State university, international department (2010). In 2015, recieved Master's degree from the John Hopkins Schoool of Advanced International Studies. In 2011-2012, worked as a news editor at the International Broadcasting section of RIA Novosti. PIR Center intern in September-December 2012. In summer 2014, interned with the UN Department for Political Affairs. Expert on Foreign Policy and Security, Center for Strategic Research. 06/17

Sveshnikova, Yulia V. image
City : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Iranian nuclear program
Middle East
Iran
Biography :

PhD in History. Graduated from the Law Faculty at the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (HSE) (2010), accomplished PhD program at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at HSE (2013), MA in Muslim World Issues at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC) at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) (2016). Studied language at the Imam Khomeini International University (2011). Education Program Coordinator at PIR Center (2010). Research Fellow at HSE (since 2010). Area of expertise: Iran domestic politics, Iran nuclear program, Islamic culture and sociocultural development of Muslim countries, Malaysian politics. Proficient in Russian, English, and Persian. 06/17

Sych Yulia A. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Project Coordinator
Tseshkovskaya Yuliya image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Assistant to Founder & Special Advisor
Biography :

Yuliya Tseshkovskaya holds a master's degree in international relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relation (MGIMO-University) (2014). In the years 2011-2012 took a course on International Relations at the Dresden University of Technology (Germany). She undertook internships in Department for External Church Relations (far abroad affairs) of the Moscow Patriarchate, in the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in Moscow and in the PIR Center and Center for Global Issues and International Organizations Studies of Diplomatic Academy of Russian Foreign MinistryAssistant to PIR Center Founder & Special Advisor since 2017. 11/17

Zaytsev, Vyacheslav A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Chief Accountant
Biography :

Graduate of the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI). In 1972-1980, senior engineer, team leader and chief of the laboratory, Atominform Central Research Institute. In 1980-1983, chief of the laboratory, Voskhod Research Institute. After completion of accounting courses in 1983, worked in the Reserve Fund for Nongovernmental Pension Funds. Chief accountant of the PIR Center since 1996. 06/17

Zulkharneev, Albert F. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Director
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Foreign policy of the Russian Federation
International security policy of the Russian Federation
Сivil and expert diplomacy
Biography :

Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Graduated from the Faculty of World Politics and World Economy of the National Research University - Higher School of Economics. In 2008 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. Participant of sessions of the Preparatory Committee for the NPT Review Conference 2012-2013 and the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The organizer: of the PIR Center International School on Global Security, of the programs for improving professional skills of Central Asian specialists, of the course on global security of the international session of the youth forum "Seliger", of the joint educational course of the PIR Center and MGIMO "nonproliferation of WMD" and a Dual Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies (MGIMO - Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey - PIR Center). 06/17

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