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  • Position : Project Director, Project on Asian Security; Project Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
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  • Affiliation : Researcher, Security and Technologies Program, The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
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XVI PIR Center's International School wasc concluded

06.10.2016

MOSCOW, October 6, 2016. PIR PRESS - "The School gives the opportunity to gain knowledge on the most topical issues of international security, to meet the leading Russian and foreign experts, establish useful contacts and networks, which will come in handy in the future. The practice of offsite schools with the international team of participants and lecturers is undoubtedly worth continuing; experience, gained in the School, is priceless "- Vladimir Kim, post-graduate student, Moscow State University.

From September 24 to October 2, 2016, in the hotel “Galereya” (Abramtsevo, near Moscow), the 16th International School on Global Security was held, organized by PIR Center and Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

23 experts from Armenia, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Syria, the US, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan participated in the School.

The program included lectures, seminars and round table discussions dedicated to the issues of global security, Nonproliferation and arms control, information security and Internet management, Russian foreign policy and the future of the US - Russia relations.

Traditionally, in the first days of the School, participants listened to the lectures: “Priorities of the Russian policy in the sphere of international security”, “International WMD nonproliferation regimes and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)”, “Iranian nuclear program and nonproliferation problems in the Near and Middle East” given by Vladimir Orlov, head of Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, founder & special advisor to PIR Center. Also, in the first day, round table discussion was conducted on “The US-Russian relations and the future of global security” with participation of Dmitri Estafiev, PIR Center’s Executive Board member, professor at National Research University - Higher School of Economics and Andrei Sushentsov, director at Analytical Agency “Foreign Policy Analysis Group”. Thematic part on Nonproliferation was opened with the lecture “Tendencies of development in the world nuclear power industry, and the international nuclear Nonproliferation regime” by Andrey Baklitskiy, "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" program director, PIR Center.

Patric Franzen, deputy head of the Mission, Embassy of Switzerland to the Russian Federation and Bruno Russi, defence attaché of the Swiss Confederation to the Russian Federation, spoke about the experience of Switzerland as a neutral state in the establishment of security policy. Afterwards Patric Franzen took part in the round table on “Experience and future of the security architecture on the European space” together with Igor Kapyrin, deputy director, Department for European Cooperation, Russian Foreign Ministry. Alexander Vorontsov, head of the Division of Korea and Mongolia, Institute of Oriental Studies of the RAS, spoke about the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and its impact on the security of East Asia.

Evgeny Buzhinskiy, chairman of the PIR Center’s Executive Board, gave a lecture on Modern Arms Control Issues. The School participants could discuss new tendencies in the development of terrorist threat and understand the phenomenon of ISIL with Ekaterina Stepanova, senior research fellow, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations and member of the PIR Center’s Executive Board. The participants received valuable knowledge on external factors of the security in Central Asian states from Ivan Safranchuk, chief editor of the journal “The Great Game: Politics, Business, Security in Central Asia” and associate professor of the Department of World Politics, MGIMO of Russian Foreign Ministry.

Participants could discuss the situation in the Middle East with Vitaliy Naumkin, president of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences. Alexey Ubeev, member of the PIR Center’s Advisory Board explained the role of IAEA in solving regional problems of Nonproliferation and nuclear security.

Round table on “International law in the new technological realities - the issues of regulation and search for new formats of relations” was conducted with participation of Maria Gavrilova, legal advisor of the ICRC Regional Delegation in Russia, Belorussia, Moldavia, and Ukraine, Gilles Giacca, legal adviser of the ICRC, Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, vice president of the Russian Association of International Law, and member of the PIR Center’s Advisory Board, and Mikhail Yakushev, vice president stakeholder engagement, Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Also, Gauthier Lefèvre, deputy head of the ICRC Regional Delegation in Russia, Belorussia, Moldavia, and Ukraine, shared his own vision on the contemporary issues of humanitarian activities in armed conflicts.

This year’s module on cyber security was presented with a lecture of Andrey Yarnykh, head of Strategic Projects, Kaspersky Lab and a lecture of Oleg Demidov, consultant at PIR Center.

Vadim Koziulin, senior research fellow at PIR Center, explained national and international mechanisms to prevent illegal trafficking of conventional arms and also, took part in the round table discussion “Russia and the World in 100 years – how do we see the future?” together with Daria Khaspekova, chief web editor, Russian International Affairs Council.

The final day of the program, October 1 saw two interesting meetings taking place. Participants met Anatoly Antonov, Deputy Minister of Defence, Russian Federation. Topics of the open and sometimes heated discussion touched the value bases of Russian foreign and defense policy, Russia's position on regional and global issues, achievements and contradictions of Russia's relations with allies and partners in the CIS area.

In the evening, participants had an opportunity to discuss place of a human being in front of new technological challenges and political realities, and the role of the Church, state, society and media in that context with Vladimir Legoyda, Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church-Society and Media Relations, Moscow Patriarchate.

On September 29, participants of the School attended International Conference "Emerging Technologies and Global Security: An Agenda for 21st Century.”

To receive certificates participants of the School were required to get at least 56 points out of 140. The highest number of points was scored by Kamran Gusseinov, postgraduate student at the Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin; Alexander Kozintsev, master’s student of MGIMO of Russian Foreign Ministry; Vladimir Kim, postgraduate student of the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University Third Secretary at First Asian Department, Russian Foreign Ministry; Dana Nikhanova, manager at Accounting for and Control of Uranium Production Department of JSC "National Atomic Company "Kazatomprom" and Nikita Gordeev, postgraduate student of Saratov State Academy of Law. 

The program of the school, line-up of the lecturers and the selection of participant conducted by organizers was highly praised by participants. 

As usual, participants visited “Abramtsevo” Federal State Cultural Establishment Artistic and Literary Museum-Reserve and The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, including one of the major museums of the Russian Orthodox Church - the Church of the archaeological study of the Moscow Theological Academy.

Kamran Gusseinov, postgraduate student of the Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin shared his impressions on the School: “School left an indelible impression, and uniquely positive emotions. I received great experience in a wide range of issues, united by a common theme of security. I believe that the school is useful for everyone, regardless of educational orientation, as it proficiently combines both humanitarian and technical aspects of security issues. In addition, the school combined the intellectual representatives of the CIS and other foreign countries, which made it possible to consider the agenda from the perspective of versatility, to strengthen contacts among the states, to carry out a constructive and useful discussion. I wish the PIR Center further prosperity and retention of such high level”.

Julia Diamond, master’s student of Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, also shared her impressions: “During the participation in the International School, I got acquainted with a lot of new technical terms in their immediate use. Listening to the questions and comments of other participants, native and non-native speakers of Russian, helped me to increase the quality of my own observations”.

“Impressions are only positive, the School gives the opportunity to gain knowledge on the most topical issues of international security, to meet the leading Russian and foreign experts, establish useful contacts and networks, which will come in handy in the future. The practice of abroad schools with the international team of participants and lecturers is undoubtedly worth continuing; experience, gained in the School, is priceless "- Vladimir Kim, post-graduate student, Moscow State University.

The School is organized with the support of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, in cooperation with Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport of the Swiss federal government, Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, The International Committee of the Red Cross, Trialogue Club International, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Centre russe d’études politiques and PIR Press.

Information about the School, participants and lecturers, program and partners is available on PIR Center’s website.

The 2017 School is scheduled for the spring - early summer of 2017.

For inquiries regarding to educational programs of PIR Center, please, contact Maxim Miroshnikov, Project Coordinator, via e-mail: miroshnikov@pircenter.org,  telephone: +7 (499) 940 09 83.


 

 

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