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Russia’s nonproliferation policy and global strategic stability image

The virtual summit between Presidents Putin and Biden of December 7, 2021, did not address strategic stability and nonproliferation issues in detail as both presidents concentrated on Ukraine-related topics. Yet, strategic stability dialogue and prevention of proliferation of nuclear weapons remain ...

Договор Шрёдингера: иранская ядерная суперпозиция — Россия ...Интервью с консультантом ПИР-Центра Андреем Баклицким в преддверии конференции процесса "ядерной пятерки" о проблемах, перспективах и влиянии на ОК ДНЯО 2022 г. 
 

Как Вы считаете, с какими проблемами сталкивается процесс «ядерной пятерки»?  

Я бы начал с того, что у неядерных государств, да и у эксп...

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...

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PIR Center Staff

Baklitskiy, Andrey A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Arms control
Biography :

A Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced American Studies at the Institute of International Studies at the MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry, a Consultant at PIR Center, a member of the Deep Cuts Commission and expert at Valdai Club International. He has previously served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, PIR Center «Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation» Program Director and the Editor-in-Chief of monthly e-bulletin “Yaderny Kontrol” (“Nuclear Control”). Mr. Baklitskiy was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2019-2020. He taught courses on nuclear nonproliferation and emerging technologies at the MGIMO University and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He regularly contributes to Russian and international media and has authored numerous articles and reports. Mr. Baklitskiy graduated from the Urals Federal University with a specialist diploma in regional studies. His expertise includes nuclear arms control, nuclear non-proliferation, Iranian nuclear program, and US-Russian strategic relations. 07/21

Chobanian, Egor G. image
City : Ufa
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Coordinator, Information & Publications Program
Biography :

Graduated with honors from St. Petersburg State University (the master's degree in international relations, world politics program) in 2019. Completed internships at the Representative office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in Ufa (2014), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Russia (2016), the Committee of External Relations of St. Petersburg (2019) and the Russian Public Affairs Committee (Ru-PAC) in America (2020). Studied at 5 different universities in Russia, France, USA and South Korea. Speaks English, French, Armenian and Russian. Author of a number of research papers on the USA, Turkey and Russia, and their impact on the regional security. Research interests: Middle East and problems of regional and international security. 07/21

 

Karnaukhova, Elena A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Assistant to Director on Special Projects & Education and Training Program Coordinator
Biography :

Holds bachelor’s and master’s honours degrees in International Relations with major International Security from the School of World Politics of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2018, 2020). In 2015-2018 was the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper «Non Paper» of the MSU School of World Politics. Since 2020 has been a 2-year post-graduate student and the coordinator of Master program on International Security of the MSU School of World Politics. Interned in State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (2015), Russian Parliamentarian Club (2015), Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation (2017), Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (2016, 2018), Trade Delegation of Russia in the UK (2017, 2018), JSC Russian Export Center. In 2020-2021 worked as an Analyst, International Development, in Russian Export Center. Academic interests: geopolitics in Central Asia, new world order, military-political cooperation, theory of military-political coalitions, arms control, nuclear factor in international relations, international security and Russian foreign policy, applied international analysis. 01/22

 

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

Head of Market Expertise Department at VDG, PIR Center Consultant. Until November 2020 - Director for International Organizations Affairs, Volga-Dnepr Group (New York, NY, United States). Until 2018 – Advisor to the President and CEO of the Volga-Dnepr Group. Until 2013 – “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Coordinator, PIR Center Research Fellow. In 2012 – Guest Researcher at the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In 2017, as a Chevening scholar, graduated from King’s College London with MA in Non-Proliferation and International Security (with Merit). In 2011 graduated from National Research Tomsk State University with major in “International Relations”. Winner of the PIR Center’s 2010 Summer School in International Security. 07/20

Kozyulin, Vadim B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant, "Global & Regional Security: New ideas for Russia" Program
Expertise :
Russia-NATO relations
Central Asia
Illegal arms traffic
Military-technical cooperation between Russia and other countries
Cyber security
Arms control
Biography :

In 1990, he graduated from MGIMO University. He worked in the Foreign Ministry of the USSR/Russia, in the Moscow News newspaper. In 2000-2002, he studied Management in the Military-Technical Cooperation course at the Russian Foreign Trade Academy.  Since 1994 he is a Research Fellow at the PIR Center. Head of the Center for Global Studies & International Organizations of the Institute for Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He is a Member of the Expert Council on the International Humanitarian Law of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, participant of the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons Systems (IPRAW), participant of the Russian-American Dartmouth dialogue. He has more than 300 publications on international security issues. His research interests include military artificial intelligence, new weapons systems, arms control, Russia's military-technical cooperation with foreign states, strategic stability, Russia-US and Russia-NATO relations, Central Asia and Afghanistan, and illicit arms trade. 09/20

Kvartalnov, Artem A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Junior Research Fellow, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

A second-year student of the faculty of international relations, MGIMO University. Graduate student at the School of International Relations of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (2020 – present). In 2020-2021, he completed an internship at PIR Center. Obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the School of Governance and Politics of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (2020). Won the student competition «Higher League» in International Relations (2020, Higher School of Economics, Moscow), the International Youth Competition «Horizon-2100» (2020), the Youth Essay Contest «European security Architecture and the Prospects for its Formation in the Context of Russia-NATO-EU Relations» (2019). In 2019 participated in a study visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons. Attended the 9th Chinese-Russian Summer School on International Relations «Deterring Protectionism and Promoting Diversity in Changing Political Landscape» (Moscow, Higher School of Economics, 2019). In 2019 interned at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Author of the report of Security Index Paper Series. Speaks English, German and Spanish.
Academic interests: international security, arms control, Russia-U.S. relations, European security, identity politics, integration processes. 12/21

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

Nikulin, Savva D. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

A fourth-year student at the International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy (MIEP) of MGIMO University. In August-October 2020, undertook an internship at the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Security at the Institute of International Studies of MGIMO. In 2019-2020 was a participant in the joint program «German Studies Russia» of MGIMO and the Free University of Berlin.  Speaks German and English.  Research interests:  arms control, WMD non-proliferation, and international energy security. 03/21

Rastegaev, Daniil O. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Trainee, Information & Publications Program
Biography :

Holds bachelor’s honours degree in International Relations with major International Security from the School of World Politics of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2021). In 2020–2021 was the head of “International Security” department of faculty student newspaper “Non Paper”. Since 2021 has been 1-year master’s degree student of the MSU School of World Politics with major International Security. Interned in the Department for the Coordination of state policy issues in the historical and humanitarian spheres of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation (in the Russian Military Historical Society) in 2021. Became a prize-winner of the Final stage of the All-Russian Olympiad of Schoolchildren in History (2017), was the recipient of a Presidential grant (2017–2021). Became the winner of the “Lomonosov” Universiade in International Relations (2020, 2021). Academic interests: enthopolitical conflicts, ethnopolitics in Balkan region, ethnic security and ethnic security dilemma, sport diplomacy. 09/21

 

Salnikova, Galina S. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Assistant to Education & Training Program Coordinator; Junior Research Fellow, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

A first-year student of the Dual Degree M.A. Program Global Security, Nuclear Policy and WMD Nonproliferation (MGIMO, MIIS and PIR Center)Holds bachelor’s degree with honours majoring in International Relations (International Security) from Far Eastern Federal University (2020). In 2018-2020 served as an Associate for Public Relations (since 2019 – Senior Associate) at youth-led NGO “Model United Nations of the Russian Far East” (MUNRFE). Currently a 1-year graduate student on “WMD Nonproliferation, Nuclear Policy and Global Security” at MGIMO University. A graduate of the Hiroshima – ICAN Academy for Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2019 (Hiroshima, Japan), a participant in the Forum of Young Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons 2016 (Nagasaki, Japan) and CNS Critical Issues Forum 2016 (Monterey, USA). Since 2017 has been a member of the CTBTO Youth Group. 
Academic interests: arms control, nuclear factor in international relations, nuclear non-proliferation, peaceful use of nuclear technologies, Russia and nuclear non-proliferation, Russia and international security. 11/21

Saveleva, Larisa S. image
City : Saint-Petersburg
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Trainee, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

Holds a BA in International Relations from St Petersburg State University (SPSU) and a MSc in War Studies from Swedish Defence University (2018, 2021). Studied Political Science at Stockholm University as part of exchange studies program at SPSU. 2018 – participation in the VI Student Scientific Conference with International Participation “Russia in the global world: new challenges and opportunities”, section International Security. 2019 – worked as Research Assistant with Stockholm University’s project on Global Governance in Asia and the Pacific. 2021 – remote internship with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). As part of the internship program, presented a keynote at the UK-Russia Security Dialogue – European Security conference held by RIAC and RUSI. Topic of the keynote: EU security governance and the role of multilateralism in EU non-proliferation and cybersecurity policies. In the summer of 2021, completed a course “Russia and Nuclear Arms Control” offered by St Petersburg State University (online). Scientific areas of interest: international military security, nuclear deterrence and nuclear postures of regional powers, nuclear discourse in the United States and Russia, Iran’s nuclear program, Middle Eastern regional conflict dynamics. 09/21

Semenov Sergey image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Coordinator, Nonproliferation & Russia Program – Junior Research Fellow, Yaderny Kontrol edtor
Biography :

In 2019 graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Since 2019 has worked in PIR Center, first as an intern and then as a consultant and “Yaderny Kontrol” newsletter editor. Worked at James Martin CNS as a graduate research assistant. Interned in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. In 2017-19 presided over MGIMO Foreign Affairs Club. Speaks English, Spanish, and French languages. Academic interests: arms control, NPT review process, U.S. nuclear forces modernization. 12/20

Shakirov Oleg I. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant, "Global & Regional Security: New ideas for Russia" Program
Expertise :
European security
Digital diplomacy
Biography :

Senior Expert at the Center for Advanced Governance, Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary International Studies of the Russian Diplomatic Academy, Consultant at PIR Center, Expert of the Russian International Affairs Council. Member of the Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security. Since 2017, he has been PIR Center’s contact person for the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, and in 2018, he was involved in the implementation of the Network’s project focused on the future of conventional armed forces control. In 2016-2019 he worked as an Expert on Foreign Policy and Security at the Center for Strategic Research. In 2010, he graduated from the International Faculty of the South Ural State University. In 2015, he received his Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. His research interests include European security and conventional arms control and the impact of digital technologies on international security. 08/21

Shestakova, Sofya S. image
City : Kemerovo
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

Ungraduated student of Kemerovo State University (BA Hons International relations (expected in 2022)). Currently, she is the head of the Student Scientific Society of KemSU. In 2020 she took 3rd place in the competition "Best student" in the nomination "Research work in the humanities" in Kemerovo oblast. In 2020 become a Municipal scholarship holder of the Administration of Kemerovo, in 2021 received the governmental scholarship. The best research work “EU states' activities to implement the JCPOA (2018-2021)” following the results of the XVI International Scientific Conference of Students and Young Scientists “Education, Science, Innovation: The Contribution of Young Researchers”. The winner of the III International Timerbaev Nuclear Debates (PIR Center team). Academic interests: geopolitics in the Middle East, international security, Iran nuclear deal, P5 process, WMD-free zone in the Middle East, EU and Russia foreign policy. 01/22

Sveshnikova, Yulia V. image
City : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Biography :

Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham Malaysia. 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). Proficient in Russian, English, and Persian. Area of expertise: Iran domestic politics, Iran nuclear program, Islamic culture and sociocultural development of Muslim countries, Malaysian politics, political processes in Southeast Asia. 10/20

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. 10/20

Zubenko, Alexandra S. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Assistant to Program Director, Global & Regional Security: New Ideas for Russia Program; Junior Research Fellow, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

A fourth-year student of the faculty of international relations, MGIMO University. Organizer of a number of scientific students’ conferences within the club, including the online conferences in the period of the pandemic with the participation of Russian and French specialists in French foreign policy, and experts from the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs and the international discussion club «Valdai», analytical Franco-Russian center «Observo» on topical issues of French foreign policy, including disarmament, participated in a research project «G5: diplomacy architects polycentric world», took part in the international school of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) in Bishkek as well as in the international UN MGIMO model in 2019. Speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Research interests: arms control, European security, French policy in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation, France in NATO, nuclear factor in Russian-American relations, nuclear energy of Ukraine, Ukraine's nonproliferation policy. 11/21

 

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