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In an Vladimir Orlov's interview, director of PIR Center, with Jorge Ferrer, a journalist of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the issues of the risks of using nuclear weapons against the background of the Ukrainian conflict are touched upon. We also talked about how the Chekhov rifle differs from nu...

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, a PIR Center Advisory Board member. We discussed the possibility of exporting U.S. nuclear tec...

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 ...

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Degtyarev, Nikita S. image
City : Yekaterinburg
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Coordinator, Information & Publications Program, Yaderny Kontrol editor
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Tactical nuclear weapons in Europe
Nuclear disarmament
Biography :

Graduate of the Faculty of International Relations of the Ural Federal University. He has been working at the PIR Center since September 2019. He has held the positions of intern, consultant. He completed an internship at Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in Yekaterinburg in the summer of 2018. A participant in the Writing and Science school for young nonproliferation experts (organized by Ural Federal University with the support of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority) and the PIR Center course at the Ural Federal University "The future of global security and nuclear nonproliferation". He is a grant specialist in Young Middle East Researchers Association (Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg). His research interests include NATO nuclear sharing arrangements, nuclear nonproliferation regime, nuclear weapon ban campaign. 07/20

Margoev, Adlan R. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Institute for International Studies MGIMO University
Position : Analyst
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Russian nuclear policy
Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
Nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East
Iran
Arms control
Biography :

Expert on Iran and nuclear nonproliferation. Research Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Chief Strategy Officer at the Institute for International Studies, MGIMO University. He directed Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation Program (2017-2019) and edited Yaderny Kontrol monthly (2017-2020) at PIR Center. Taught Iran's foreign policy as Visiting Professor at North Ossetian State University (2021) and gave seminars on nuclear nonproliferation as part of short-term training programs at the Ural Federal University (2019). Member of the Youth Chapter of the Russian Pugwash Committee.

Ph.D. Candidate at MGIMO University. In 2018, he graduated from the M.A. Dual Degree Program in Nonproliferation Studies established by MGIMO University, PIR Center, and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Holds a B.A. degree in International Relations from MGIMO University with major in Iranian Studies. Speaks English and Persian. His research interests include Russia-Iran relations, Iran’s nuclear program, NPT review process, Russia’s arms control and nonproliferation policies, data analysis in international relations. 12/21

Orlov, Vladimir A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Founder & Director
Biography :

Current positions:

- Founder & Director, PIR Center

- President, Trialogue Club International

Professor, Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO University)

- Co-Founder & Academic Supervisor, International Dual Degree MA Program in Nonproliferation & Global Security Studies, MGIMO University

 

Biography in brief:

Dr. Orlov is an expert in international security and Russia’s foreign policy. His areas of research include major threats and challenges to international security, primarily, nuclear nonproliferation.

In 1994, Dr. Orlov founded PIR Center, a private think tank dealing with international security and Russia’s foreign policy issues, now a leading Russian and international research and publishing nongovernmental organization in this area. Dr. Orlov is currently PIR Center’s Director; member of its Executive Board; and Director of the Center’s Nonproliferation and Russia Program.

In 1994, Dr. Orlov launched the first Russian journal on nonproliferation issues, Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control). In 2007 the journal was developed into Security Index (Indeks Bezopasnosti), with both Russian and global (English-language) editions. Altogether, 112 issues of the journal were produced with Dr. Orlov’s leadership as its editor-in-chief. Currently, Security Index continues as Occasional Paper Series, with Sr. Orlov as its Editor.

In 1994 and later during 1999-2002, Dr. Orlov, while continuing his work in Moscow, was a Visiting Scholar and Senior Research Associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. In 2001-2002, the U.N. Secretary-General appointed Dr. Orlov as a U.N. consultant on disarmament and nonproliferation education. In 2004, Dr. Orlov became a professor at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), a position he kept until 2008, when he decided to concentrate on the development of Center russe d’études politiques in Geneva, an association which he led for twelve years (2006-2018).

Since 1995, Dr. Orlov took part in the work of all NPT Review Conferences. Since 2010, as a member of the Russian delegation, he has been participated at the NPT Review Conferences (2010, 2015) and the sessions of the Preparatory Committee for Review Conferences.

Starting 2008, Dr. Orlov has been working on the concept of BRIC, later BRICS, and its development, particularly on its peace and security basket. He is a member of the Russian National Committee for BRICS Studies Research Council and participated in several BRICS Academic Forums.

Since 2014, Dr. Orlov is the Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Dr. Orlov is President of the Trialogue Club International, which he founded in 1993.

Dr. Orlov participates in the activity of several international centers and groups in the sphere of international security. He is a member of the Russian Council of Foreign and Defense Policy; of the International Nuclear Energy Academy (INEA); and of the Washington Quarterly Editorial Board (since 2005). Dr. Orlov served as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Nuclear Security at the World Economic Forum (2014-2016); and of the Advisory Board of the Government of the Russian Federation (2014-2019). For four years (2015-2018) Dr. Orlov served at the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

In 2018, Dr. Orlov was awarded a medal “For the contribution to the international cooperation” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Dr. Orlov is constantly engaged in teaching and educational activities, giving lectures and expert comments on Russian foreign policy and on nuclear nonproliferation within Russia and abroad. His initiative culminated in establishment (in 2016) of the International Dual Degree MA Program in Nonproliferation and Global Security Studies – a joint project by the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO University), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and PIR Center. Currently he serves as academic supervisor of the program. Dr. Orlov is Professor at MGIMO University. He is executive editor and co-author of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Textbook in two volumes.

Dr. Orlov is author of more than a dozen books and monographs and more than three hundred research papers, articles, and essays. He publishes his views in Russian and foreign periodicals including International Affairs (Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn’), Russia in Global Affairs, Security Index, and the Washington Quarterly. He runs a column at Kommersant, a leading Russian policy daily newspaper as well he regularly addresses Russian TV audience at the Great Game TV show of the Russian Channel 1.

Dr. Orlov speaks English and Spanish. His hobbies include Russian classical literature, theatre, hiking in the mountains, and bicycle touring in the tropics. He is a passionate world traveler. Together with his wife Tatyana, he crossed 16,000 km by car across Russia towards lake Baikal, around it, and back, also crossed the United States by car from the Atlantic to the Pacific, hiked in western Madagascar, explored eastern Bhutan, took a canoe trip into Venezuelan rainforest, reconstructed Count Alexander Suvorov’s 1799 Alpine Crossing of Switzerland, and recently completed round-the-world trip visiting over 30 remote islands and archipelagos of which he is currently writing his new book.

Dr. Orlov’s is on Twitter (Orlov_pircenter) on professional matters (in English), and on Facebook (VladimirAOrloff) as well as on his own web site Orlov.Vladimir.ru, mostly in Russian, with a mix of his professional expertise and travel-related experiences.

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Bibliography

Potter, William image
City : Monterey, US
Affiliation : Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Biography :

Doctor, Professor. Member of the international relations division of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Adviser on nonproliferation to the UN Secretary General. Research interests: nonproliferation in the former Soviet Union.

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

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