The fifteenth PIR Center International School on Global Security for Young Specialists will take place August 30 – September 6, 2015.

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MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015. PIR PRESS — “International School of the PIR Center is a unique format with its own traditions. I sincerely wish it further development and introduction of new innovative and scientific formats. The main thing is to invest in the future generations” — Adlan Margoyev, International Relations student at MGIMO University.

On August 30 — September 6, 2015, PIR Center and the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Institute of Contemporary International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry held the 15th International School on Global Security. It took place at the Galereya hotel in Abramtsevo (Moscow region)

24 young specialists from Azerbaijan, Armenia, China, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, the US and Ukraine attended the school.

Global security, nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, information security and internet governance, and Russian foreign policy in the context of transforming system of international relations were the School’s key topics. The participants separately discussed security challenges in CIS countries. The School’s program included lectures, seminars, roundtables, business communication training, tours and meetings with Russian intellectuals.

The school traditionally began with two lectures of Vladimir Orlov — the Special Advisor to PIR Center and the Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry . He talked on “Russia’s political priorities in international security” and “International WMD nonproliferation regimes and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons”. Participants discussed nonproliferation and nuclear security with a member of PIR Center’s Advisory Board Alexei Ubeev and “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy.

The students participated in the meeting with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov. He discussed with them Russia’s role on the international arena, the recent changes and its future. “I welcome any questions, especially welcome criticism from either side, both conservative and liberal. I am open to a straight talk” — Ambassador Ryabkov said at the beginning of his speech.  

Russian approach to the foreign policy in the new international context, relations with the European and Eurasian countries were the topic of discussion with Victor Vasiliev — Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation to the Collective Security Treaty Organization, Alexander Sinaysky — secretary of the Council of the Defense Ministers of the CIS, and Vyacheslav Trubnikov — Board member of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of Russian Academy of Sciences. Georgy Toloraya, executive director of Russian National Committee on BRICS Research, talked on BRICS capabilities, the new five-year plans and perspectives for their implementation.

Dmitry Polikanov, member of the Editorial board of the Security Index journal, Dmitry Balakin, Head of NATO, European Security Office at the Department of European Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and Patrick Franzen, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation, participated in the roundtable “Background and future architecture of pan-European security”. The student of the School, the Second Secretary of the Embassy of Germany to the Russian Federation Moritz[I1]  Deutschmann, presented a report at the roundtable. Bruno Russi, the Defence Attaché of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Russia shared the experience of Switzerland's chairmanship of the OSCE at the time of the European crisis.

On September 4, a series of classes dedicated to cyber security and global internet management — a “Cyberday” — were held. Information on the program is available on the PIR Center’s website.

The final day — September 5 — was marked by a meeting with Maria Zakharova — Director of the Information and Press Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry. She answered questions on the soft power of Russian diplomacy.

The participants were to pass with 58 points out of 143 to obtain a graduation certificate. All the students of the School fulfilled this requirement and received the certificates. The students with the highest marks were MA student at the Russian State Humanities University Artyom Avetyan, associate professor of the Moscow State University Alexander Konkov and reporter of the Kommersant newspaper Olga Kuznetsova.

In accordance with tradition, the students visited the Federal State Cultural Establishment Artistic and Literary Museum Abramtsevo and the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in Sergiev Posad.

All of the students highly evaluated the school program, the lecturers and the selection of participants.

 “I would like to thank the organizers for the opportunity to participate in the school, to get acquainted with the wonderful students and the prominent experts. I would like to wish you further prosperity and professional victories. Your work makes the world better” — the Tomsk State University undergraduate Ilona Gubarev mentioned.

“After PIR Center’s school I can say with confidence that I will come back home to the Crimea after a versatile training. The school helped me to analyze my strengths and weaknesses, to understand other points of view on a number of aspects of modern security challenges, especially in the Black Sea region” — the intern of Tauride information-analytical center — Regional Institute for Mediterranean Studies Mikhail Nemtyrev emphasized.

“International School of the PIR Center is a unique format with its own traditions. I sincerely wish it further development and introduction of new innovative and scientific formats. The main thing is to invest in the future generations” — Adlan Margoyev, International Relations student at MGIMO University, concluded.

Full information about the school, participants, speakers, and partners is available on the PIR Center’s website.

Please direct all questions related to PIR Center educational program to PIR Center's team via email [email protected], or by phone +7 (499) 940 09 83.