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The editors decided to shift the focus a little from the problems of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control and talk about people. Nikita Degtyarev, PIR Center Information & Publications Program Coordinator, interviewed Sarah Bidgood, Director of the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program at the James ...

On June 2nd President Putin signed an executive order, which approved the Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence. Even without considering the contents of the “Basic Principles”, it would not be an exaggeration to say that it is a development of major import...

How to prevent placement of weapons in Outer Space: challenges and solutions (Russian priorities) image

Recently, the threats of weaponization of outer space have been increasingly backed by both the doctrinal documents of several countries, first of all the United States, and the material content, which in turn is being formed through organizational measures, as well as improving military technical c...

After U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty it has become obvious that nearly fifty years old history of nuclear arms control is coming to its end.  
The New START treaty is set to expire on February 5, 2021 and there is little doubt that it will be the end of it. It could be extended if both countries...

Strategic stability in its classical sense – understood as a state of US-Russian relations under which neither side has incentives to launch a first nuclear strike – was developed during the Cold War. Such stability is achieved by “seeking agreements that improve survivability, remove incentives for...

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Antonov, Anatoly I. image
Affiliation : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Position : Deputy Minister
Biography :

PhD in Economics, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. In 1978 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He served for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the USSR and Russia in various positions at central office and abroad over 30 years. Since 2004 - Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has broad experience in negotiation processes. He was a head of Russian government delegations at negotiations on the Treaty on Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Review of Inhumane Weapons Convention, Elimination of Chemical Weapons Convention, Elimination of Biological Weapons Convention, Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms. He was the head of Russian delegation at the talks with the U.S. on new START treaty. From February 2, 2011 to December 28, 2016 he held the position of a Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation. In this post he oversaw the issues of international military cooperation and organization of contacts between the Ministry of Defence and military agencies of other states. On December 28, 2016 President Vladimir Putin appointed him as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He is currently responsible for the military and political issues. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2000. Member of the SuPR (Sustainable Partnership with Russia) Group since 2009. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Cooperation in Mass Destruction Weapon Nonproliferation and Physical Nuclear Safety since 2012.

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

Analyst 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. 07/20

Buzhinskiy, Evgeny P. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Chairman of the Executive Board, PIR Center; Co-Chair of the Trialogue Club International.
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 RF . 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 – leading research fellow 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.

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Demidov Oleg V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
International legal regulation in cybersecurity area
Cyber security
National and international cyber strategies
Global Internet governance
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. In 2012-2016, he has served as an expert to the Commission on Information Security and Cybercrime at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). He is a graduate of the International Summer School of the PIR Center for global security issues. In 2012-2014, he held the position of Director of the Program International Information Security and Global Internet Governance at PIR Center.  In 2011-2014 Oleg participated in the international project “A Twenty-First Century Concert of Powers” conducted by Frankfurt Peace Research Institute (PRIF). In 2018, being a Head of the Analysis and Forecasting Department of the Tatarstan Entrepreneurship Support Fund, he collaborated with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Tatarstan in developing projects for digital transformation of the Republic's economy. From February 2019 to February 2020, he was a Cyber Portfolio Researcher at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). Currently, he is an independent researcher. Since 2015, he has been working with the PIR Center as a freelance consultant. 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. He took part in for a organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the International and Russian Internet Governance Forum (IGF/RIGF), the European Internet Governance Dialogue (EuroDIG), the international Information Security Forum in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and other industry events. Expertise: international legal regulation in cybersecurity area, security and legal regulation of critical information infrastructure, security issues in the context of digital transformation of economic and management sectors, political and legal issues of Internet governance. 07/20

 


Evstafiev, Dmitry G. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Department of Integrated Communications, The Higher School of Economics
Position : Professor
Biography :

Doctor of Political Science. Prof., National Research University - Higher School of Economics, earlier - vice president of KROS Public Relations Development Company. Leading expert on the military and political facets of Russian national security, U.S. foreign and military policy, and regional aspects of nuclear nonproliferation. In 2001-2008 worked as Director of the Techsnabexport (TENEX) Public Relations Department and Deputy Director General of the National Laboratory for Foreign Policy. An experienced editor, he is a co-author of several books and monographs, and an author of several articles as well as publications in Russian and foreign academic and political press. In 1995-2003 he was a PIR Center senior research associate. PIR Center Security Index Editorial Board Member. 12/17

Franzen, Patrick image
City : Moscow
Position : Deputy Head of Mission
Giacca Gilles image
Affiliation : The International Committee of the Red Cross – ICRC
Position : Legal Adviser
Biography :

PhD in International Law and Legal Studies, The Graduate Institute of International Development Studies of Geneva (2012), holds a Master’s degree in Public International Law from the University of Essex (2006). Legal Advisor in the ICRC's Legal Division since September 2014, Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Ethics Law and Armed Conflict since January 2013. Received the “International Geneva Award” from the Swiss Network for International Studies (2011) and “The Francis Lieber Prize” from the American Society of International Law (2015). Research fields: the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), arms availability / small arms; new technologies of warfare, including remote-controlled, autonomous weapons and cyber warfare and security; CCW process on autonomous weapons, as well as weapons reviews & Article 36 API. Speaks Italian, English, French, and German.

Kelin, Andrew V. image
Affiliation : Department of European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Position : Director
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. In 1979 graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Serves at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1979. In 1995-1998 - Head of the Department of European Cooperation. In 1998-2003 - Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO. In 2003-2005 - Deputy Director of the Department of European Cooperation. In 2005-2011 - Director of the Fourth CIS Department. In 2011-2015 - Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE. September 21, 2015 - Director of the Department of European Cooperation. He was awarded the Order of Friendship and the Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" II degree. Honorary worker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Kozyulin, Vadim B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Program Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Program
Expertise :
Russia-NATO relations
Central Asia
Illegal arms traffic
Military-technical cooperation between Russia and other countries
Cyber security
Arms control
Biography :

PhD, Prof. of Military Science Academy. Project Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project, Member of the Executive Board of the PIR Center. 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 the Management in the Military-Technical Cooperation course at the Russian Foreign Trade Academy.  Since 1994 he is a Research Fellow at the PIR Center. He is a Research fellow at the Russian Diplomatic Academy, 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. His research interests include military artificial intelligence, new military technologies, arms control, military-technical cooperation of Russia with other countries, NATO-Russia relations, Central Asia and Afghanistan, illegal arms trade, cybersecurity. He has more than 300 publications on international security issues. 07/20

Russi, Bruno image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Embassy of Switzerland to the Russian Federation
Position : Defence Attache
Safranchuk, Ivan A. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Associate Professor, Department of World Politics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

PhD in Political Science. 1998 - graduated from MGIMO University of the MFA of Russia. 1997-2001 - a research associate at PIR Center, then PIR Center "Nuclear Arms Control" project director. From 2001 to 2006 served as a head of Moscow office of the Center for Defense Information. Since 2003 he has taught at MGIMO (currently assistant professor of international political processes of MGIMO). Since 2007, publishes "The Great Game: politics, business, security in Central Asia" journal. Author of more than 40 scientific and methodical works in Russian and more than 20 scientific papers in foreign languages, published in Russia, USA, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Norway and Sweden on the Russian-American and Russian-Chinese relations, nuclear policy, nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, European security, Central Asia, Afghanistan, private military companies, and energy.

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: http://www.estepanova.net/

Sushentsov Andrei A. image
Affiliation : Department of Applied International Analysis, MGIMO-University
Position : Associate professor
Biography :

PhD in Political Science. In 2005, he graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Faculty of History, in 2010 – graduated from post-grad course at MGIMO-University of Russian Foreign Ministry. Since 2006, he has been working at MGIMO’s scientific-analytical, teaching and administrative fields. From January 2014 - founder and program director at the analytical agency "Foreign Policy Analysis Group". Since September 2014 - director of the program "Security and problems of war", the "Valdai Club Foundation". Visiting scholar, researcher and professor at a number of American and European institutions. He participated in development research on the US foreign policy, conflicts in the Caucasus, Ukraine, and the Middle East. Performed analytical tasks by the order of the Presidential Administration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Security Council of the Russian Federation, the Russian Federal Space Agency, and others. Author of over 60 scientific and methodological works. Member of the Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations. Member of the International Studies Association (USA).

Tuzmukhamedov, Bakhtiyar R. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Member, UN Committee Against Torture
Biography :

Professor, honoured jurist of the Russian Federation. Born in 1955, graduated from MGIMO in 1977, from Harvard Law School in 1994. Judge Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov was Counsellor of the Court, Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. Worked as Professor of International Law at the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow of the Russian Foreign Ministry until his appointment  in 2009 as judge of the Tribunal. Dr. Tuzmukhamedov is a Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Moscow Journal of International Law, member of the International Humanitarian Law Institute Council. Earlier he acted as a speaker of The Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament Law of the International Law Association and bacame a member of the Editorial Board, International Review of the Red Cross. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2001.

Ubeev, Aleksey V. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Visiting Instructor, Dual Degree Master Program on WMD NonProliferation Studies, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

Candidate of Technical Sciences. Until 2011 he was Deputy director of the Department of international collaboration, the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency. Previously, deputy Head of the Department of External Affairs JSC Atomstroyexport. Graduated from D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology in Russia and Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, holds degree of PhD. Worked as a head of department, pro-rector for scientific research of East-Siberian State Technologic University. Participated in elimination of accident consequences on Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986. From 1994 worked for Russian MFA, headed the sector of IAEA in its Permanent Mission in Russia attached to international organizations in Vienna, former Head of Nuclear Security department, nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and international partnership in peaceful use of atomic energy of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament, MFA of Russia. Participated in development of the important international agreements in the field of nuclear nonproliferation and security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2009. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Cooperation in Mass Destruction Weapon Nonproliferation and Physical Nuclear Safety since 2012.

Vorontsov Alexander image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Associate Professor, Head, Korea and Mongolia Department, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
E-mail : okm@ivran.ru
Biography :

Holds a PhD in History. He is a senior staff member at the International Center for Korean Studies at Moscow State University and a visiting professor at Osaka University of Economics and Law. From 2000 to 2002, Vorontsov worked at the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang (DPRK). His current research includes contemporary Korean history, Korea in international relations. Vorontsov has participated in a number of international conferences on Korea-related topics and is the author of over 150 publications. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2013.

Yakushev, Michael V. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Executive Vice-President for Cooperation with Public Authorities, PJSC VimpelCom
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. 

Yarnykh, Andrey Yu. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Head of Strategic Projects, Kaspersky Lab
Biography :

An experienced expert in the field of information security. In ICT sector since 1996. Works at Kaspersky Lab since 2001. A board member of the Regional non-governmental organization “Internet technology Center”, an expert on virus detection at Hotline Friendly Runet” and Russian Safer Internet Centre”. Chairs the Commission on Information Security and Cybercrime of the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). A member of PIR Center Advisory Board since 2015.

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

Deputy Head of the Projects’ Department at Executive Office of the All-Russia People's Front (ONF) since November 2019. In 2007 – 2019 member of staff in PIR Center. PIR Center Education and Training Program Director, PIR Center Executive Director in 2013-2015. PIR Center Director in 2015-2019. Consultant to PIR Center since October 2019. In 2015 – 2020 Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Graduated from PhD studies at the Faculty of World Politics and World Economy of the National Research University - Higher School of Economics. In 2008 graduated with 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. In August - December 2011 scholar of the Program for teaching and research at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.  Participant of sessions of the Preparatory Committee for the NPT Review Conference 2012-2013 and 2017 - 2020 and the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The organizer of the PIR Center International School on Global Security, the programs for improving professional skills of Central Asian specialists, the course on global security of the international session of the youth forum "Seliger",  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). 07/20

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