Surviving in a Deregulated Strategic World image

Russian-American strategic relations are entering uncharted waters with the demise of the arms control regime; rapid technological revolution; the rise of nuclear multipolarity; the asymmetry of the two countries’ positions amid their growing confrontation and an increasing likelihood of military con...

Now when the U.S. presidential elections are over the fate of the START Treaty and nuclear arms control, in general, has become clearer.

The New START treaty is set to expire on February 5, 2021, and only a few months ago there was little doubt that it would be the end of it. The Trump administratio...

Vladimir Orlov: “Russia and the United States should resume a comprehensive dialogue on global nuclear proliferation threats” image

On January 19, 2021, Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Director of the PIR Center, gave an interview to Security Index journal.


SECURITY INDEX: In your recent op-ed column, co-authored with Sergey Semenov and published by Kommersant Daily, you stated that “Russia and the United States, as major nuclear-weapo...

Vladimir Orlov, Sergey Semenov

PIR Center experts Vladimir Orlov and Sergey Semenov discuss the prospects for the Russian-American dialogue on arms control.

President Trump`s legacy in arms control resembles smoldering ruins. And the ruins are covered with a dense fog. For the first time since the end of the Cold War Moscow and W...

Russian International Affairs Council

July 1, 2020


For Russia, the military developments and strategies of the United States recreate those challenges and threats that the USSR associated with President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Adopted in 1984, the SDI programme involved...

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Alain Ponce Blancas image
City : Mexico City, Mexico
Expertise :
Nuclear nonproliferation, historical aspects
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Biography :

Graduate of the first international MA program in WMD Nonproliferation which brought together leading Russian and US institutes – Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MGIMO-University) and Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey, the United States (2016-2018). Previously worked for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Directorate General for the United Nations (2007-2016). Advisor for the Mexican Delegation that participated in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in its 63rd session in New York (2008). He started his career at Mexican MFA as Analyst for Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation Division of the Directorate General for the United Nations (2009-2011), Senior Analyst for Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation Division (2011-2012), Head of the Department of International Security Division (2012-2015) and Deputy Director of International Security Division (2015-2016). His areas of expertise include: nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, historical aspects of nuclear nonproliferation, strategic trade and export controls, multilateral diplomacy. Alain speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and understands basic Russian.