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. 

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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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Position : Russian President's Special Envoy to Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Biography :

Holds Ph.D. in Historical Sciences. In 1989 he has graduated from the Moscow State Institute majoring in International Relations. From 1989 he worked in the Foreign Ministry. Previously served as a Minister-Counsellor at the Russian Embassy in Indonesia and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Cooperation Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He has numerous publications related to the Asia-Pacific region, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Russian-Chinese relations, China's history, culture and foreign policy. He is fluent in English and Chinese.

Buzhinskiy, Evgeny P. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Chairman of the Executive Board
Expertise :
Political and military aspects of international security
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Military cooperation
Russia-NATO relations
START Treaty
Missile Defense
Military Use of the Outer Space
European security
Biography :

Lieutenant-General (Retired), Ph.D. Military Sciences. In the Armed Services since 1968. Graduated from the Military Institute of Foreign Languages, M.V. Frunze Military academy. 1976-1992 – served in different positions in the General Staff of the USSR and Russian Federation. From 1992 to 2002 – served in positions of: Senior Officer, Deputy Head of Direction, Head of Direction, Deputy Head of Department, Head of the International Treaties Department of  the Russian Ministry of Defense. Promoted to the rank of Major-General in 2000, to the rank of Lt.-General – in 2003. In 2002 he was appointed on the position of Head of the International Treaties Department – Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of International Military Cooperation of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. Retired from active duty in 2009. In 2009-2017 - PIR Center Consultant, then Senior vice-president. PIR Center's Chairman of the Executive Board since 2014. From 2016 – Associate professor and Head of Center for Applied Political-Military Research of School of World Politics, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University.  Deputy CEO of "Vega Radio Engineering Corporation" from  2009 to 2018. Vice-President of Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).  Expertise: arms control, political and military aspects of international security, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, military use of the outer space, Russia-NATO, Russia-U.S., Russia-China relations. 10/20


Evgeny P. Buzhinsky celebrates his 70th birthday


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Affiliation : Russian Ministry of Defense
Position : Deputy Chief, the Foreign Military Cooperation Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry
Biography :

Major-General, PhD. in Technical Sciences. He has graduated from the Military Radio Engineering Academy of Air Defense, Moscow State University and the Russian Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation. He has gone through several positions while serving in the Armed Forces, from platoon commander, operator and engineer to the Head of Direction, Head of Department and Deputy Chief of the Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Karzai Hekmat Khalil image
Affiliation : Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS)
Position : Founding Director
Biography :

Masters of Science in Information Technology and Masters of Science in Strategic Studies. In May of 2002, he was appointed as the Head of the Political Department at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC. From 2004 till 2005, he served as an International Fellow at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 2006 he has established Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS). Under his leadership, CAPS has become one of the leading research and advocacy centres in Afghanistan.   He currently serves as non-resident Senior Fellow at the East West Institute in Brussels, and Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) at the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Karzai has written extensively on Afghanistan, security (terrorism and insurgency), peace and reconciliation and his articles have been translated into many languages. Mr. Karzai was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan and in addition to English has native fluency in Pashto and Dari. He is also fluent in Urdu (Hindi)

Khorev, Albert P. image
Affiliation : Russian Foreign Ministry
Position : Acting Head of Afghanistan Section, Second Asia Department
Biography :

Member of the Presidium of the Council of Young Diplomats of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Mr. Khorev graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University. Since 2002 is in the system of the Russian Foreign Ministry . In 2004-2008  diplomate in the Embassy of Russia in Afghanistan. In the 2009-2011 diplomate in the Second Asia Department. From 2011 - Acting Haad of Afghanistan Department of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Kooij Daniël image
Affiliation : The ISAF Netherlands Integrated Police Training Mission in Kunduz
Position : Rule of Law Advisor
Biography :

Daniël Kooij was from April til September 2013 responsible for the Netherlands Rule of Law Program in Kunduz Province in the North of Afghanistan. After the end of the Netherlands mission he worked at the Netherlands Embassy in Kabul, where he was in addition working on the Financing and Sustainment of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).  Prior to the mission in Afghanistan, Daniël Kooij worked at the European Correspondents Office within the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Netherlands Embassies in Islamabad, Madrid and Kinshasa (Congo). Daniël Kooij is currently seconded to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin.

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

Pszczel, Robert image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : NATO Information Office in Moscow
Position : Director
Biography :

In 1987, he received a Master degree in Political Science at the University of Warsaw (major in International Relations). He worked as a journalist for the newspaper SM (Warsaw). In 1990-1993. - Expert in the Department of European institutions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland. From 1993 to 1997 he served as First Secretary of the Mission of Poland to NATO and WEU in Brussels. From 1997 to 1999. - Political Advisor to the Mission of Poland to NATO, a spokesman for the mission. Since December 1999 in various positions in NATO, as representative to work with the media, and later a senior representative to work with the media and is responsible for projects in the field of public diplomacy related to Poland in the Office of Public Diplomacy, NATO headquarters.

Suponina Elena Vladimirovna image
Affiliation : Asia and Middle East Center of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies
Position : Head
Biography :

Elena Suponina holds Ph.D. in Philosophy (subject - "Religious and philosophical doctrine of Druses"). She was a correspondent and columnist in the journal "Novoe vremya" (1996-1998), special correspondent, and later columnist in the newspaper "Vremya Novostei" (1998-2002) and the political columnist for the newspaper "Moskovskie novosti" (2011), head of the International Department of the newspaper "Vremya Novostei" (2002-2011). She has published interviews with many international leaders (including leaders of Arab countries and Israel), presidents, heads of governments, foreign ministers and ministers of oil and energy industry, the heads of the security services and political parties around the world. Additionally, she is an expert of the Russian Council on International Affairs. Head of scientific reviews on the journal "Problems of National Strategy" RISS.

Trubnikov, Vyacheslav I. image
Affiliation : Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences
Position : Executive Board member, Honorary Member of the Trialogue Club International
Biography :

General of the Army, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Hero of the Russian Federation. In 1967 graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with the Diploma of referent for Eastern countries. Since 1973 Member of the Russian Union of Journalists. Director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service in 1996-2000. First Deputy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in CIS countries in 2000-2004. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to India in 2004-2009. PIR Center Executive Board member since 2014 and Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2012.

Vasiliev Victor image
City : Rome, Italy
Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Plenipotentiary Representative, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to FAO and other UN Agencies
Biography :

In 1989-1993 served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR (Russia). 1993-1997; 2000-2004  two terms in the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in New York. Last position  Senior Counselor for political affairs (specialization on the Security Council). 2004-2007 — Deputy Director of the Department of International Organizations of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Participated as a member of the Soviet/Russian delegations at various international fora, including NPT Review Conferences in 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010, the UN Disarmament Comission sessions, etc. 2005-2006  a governmental expert in the Group of Governmental Experts on verification in all its aspects. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group. Since September, 2013 — Ambassador-at-large of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since October. 2013 — Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation to the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Since April, 2018 — Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to FAO and other UN agencies in Rome.

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Affiliation : Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Position : Head of the Afghanistan Sector
Biography :

Mr. Korgun has graduated from Kiev Higher School of Radio, Air Defense Troops in 1959. In 1966 he served as an Officer of the Embassy of the USSR in Afghanistan. 1983-1988 - member of the Expert Group on the Middle East (Dartmouth Conference). 1968 - Institute of Oriental Languages at Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Department of Persian Language and Literature. 1975 - Graduate Institute of Oriental Studies, 1975 – Candidate of Historical Sciences "Socio-political crisis in Afghanistan in the late 20’s - early 30’s. XX Century". 2000 – Doctor of Sciences "Formation and evolution of the political system of modern Afghanistan". 

Williams, Nicholas image
City : Brussels
Affiliation : NATO HQ
Position : Head of the Operations Section (Afghanistan), Operations Divisions
Biography :

Nicholas Williams had filled a series of policy and public communications posts in London and in NATO, including as speech writer to three NATO Secretary Generals. From 1997 to 1999 he was Assistant Director for Counter-terrorism in the British Ministry of Defence. From 2000 - 2003 he was attached to the policy directorate of the French Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for developing NATO-EU relations and Franco-British defence cooperation. In November 2009, he completed two and a half years in Afghanistan working with ISAF, first as political adviser to ISAF forces in the south, based in Kandahar, and latterly as Deputy NATO Senior Representative in Kabul. During his career he has worked extensively in conflict and post conflict countries, both Iraq and the Balkans. He is an experienced specialist in the field of security issues and conflict resolution.