Third Cohort of the First Dual Degree on Nonproliferation Started Their Academic Year


MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 13. PIR PRESS. – "Already at the first meeting, the students set a high standard for us. Students who came here are not simple ones: many of them have several years of very interesting experience both in the field of international relations and in other areas. Almost everyone speaks Russian one way or another. We are all looking forward to interesting work. We will try to introduce students to our partners, the most experienced experts," – Albert Zulkharneev, PIR Center Director.

The third cohort of the international dual degree master program “Global Security, Nuclear Policy and WMD Nonproliferation” started their academic year in Moscow. This program is realized jointly by PIR Center, MGIMO University and the Middlebury Institute of international studies in Monterey (MIIS).

The first module of the program – the one on the nuclear nonproliferation regime – began with an introductory lecture by PIR Center Advisor and MGIMO Professor Vladimir Orlov.

18 students from Russia, the United States, Ireland, Spain and Canada started their first semester in Moscow. Among them are qualified specialists in international relations and international security, as well as those who are just beginning to delve into the nonproliferation field. "This program has never been conceived as a Russian-American: it was conceived as an international program. Our graduates include a Mexican diplomat and a Chinese researcher. I am very pleased to welcome students from European countries, as well as Canada, to this cohort. Your participation will help us to conduct truly multilateral discussions on the whole range of nonproliferation issues," – Vladimir Orlov pointed out.

Before the start of the academic year, on September 10, students got acquainted with PIR Center activity and well as with the one of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Founder and Director of the J. Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (MIIS) William Potter,  Research Advisor of the program Philip Bleek and Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships Jill Stoffers also welcomed the students via videoconference from Monterey.

During the first semester at MGIMO students will study arms control, international cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, Russian policy in the field of nonproliferation and regional challenges to the nonproliferation regime.

Among the lecturers of the program in Moscow are the leading Russian experts on global security, nonproliferation and regional security issues, members of the PIR Center Advisory Board and Executive Board – Ildar Akhtamzyan, Evgeny Buzhinskiy, Alexander Vorontsov, Mikhail Lysenko, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Alexey Ubeev, Vladimir Rybachenkov, Elena Chernenko, Andrey Baklitsky, Oleg Demidov and others.

The second and third semesters students will pass at MIIS (Monterey), and during the fourth one they are to complete their master theses and internships in international organizations and national agencies, leading expert centers and companies in Moscow, New York, Washington, Vienna, Geneva, the Hague, and in other centers of nuclear energy development, nonproliferation and international life.

After two years of training, specialists will receive two master degrees: Russian and American, which open broad employment prospects for all students.

Training of Russian students in Monterey is supported by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). NTI scholarship covers up to 50% of the cost of the program. Together with the support of universities, this scholarship makes the training program real and available to the best applicants.

For details of the program, please visit the website:

For all questions related to the PIR Center educational programs, you can contact PIR Center Project Coordinator Yulia Sych by e-mail, tel. +7 (499) 940 09 83.