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PIR Center conducted an interview with Professor Mustafa Kibaroglu, Ph.D in International Relations, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences at the MEF University in Istanbul, Director of the Center for Eurasian Studies at Okan University, a PIR Center Advisory Board me...

Interview with Evgeny Buzhinskiy, a retired Russian lieutenant-general, Ph.D. Military Sciences, chairman of the Executive Board of PIR Center, about the first successful test of the new intercontinental ballistic missile RS-28 Sarmat on April 20 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

 

Yesterday Russia tes...

Interview with Evgeny Buzhinskiy, a retired Russian lieutenant-general, Ph.D. Military Sciences, chairman of the Executive Board of PIR Center, about the first combat use by Russia of the Kinzhal hypersonic missile at the ammunition depot of the Ukrainian army in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.

 

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PIR Center conducted an interview with Nikolay Spassky, Deputy General Director-Director of the International Activities Unit of the state Corporation Rosatom. We discussed aspects of Russian-Iranian cooperation in the framework of the JCPOA negotiations, as well as the prospects and priorities of ...

For nearly a week, for the first time in nuclear history armed conflict has been underway in a country with operational nuclear power plants, thus creating the potential for catastrophic damage to these nuclear facilities with the real risk of radioactive contamination that could easily be transpor...

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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. 

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

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/

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.

Zulkharneev, Albert F. image
City : Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Affiliation : Rossotrudnichestvo
Position : Deputy Head of the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo - Russian House in Bishkek
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Foreign policy of the Russian Federation
International security policy of the Russian Federation
Сivil and expert diplomacy
Biography :

Since December 2021, Deputy Head of the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo - Russian House in Bishkek. In 2019 – 2021 Deputy Head of the Projects’ Department at Executive Office of the All-Russia People's Front (ONF). 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 in 2019-2021, then Advisor to Director of PIR Center. 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). Member of PIR Center Advisory Board. 12/21

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