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On July 5, PIR Center’s Director Dr Vladimir A. Orlov gave an interview to Jade McGlynn, senior researcher at the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, for her new book about the Ukrainian crisis, which will be published in March 2023 by Polity Publishing house.


Vladimir Orlov, founder and director of PIR Center, held a meeting with Rafael Grossi, IAEA Director General. The parties discussed pressing issues and agreed to develop cooperation between PIR Center and the IAEA.


On February 28, PIR Center’s founder and director Vladimir Orlov was interviewed by Alex O'Neill, a master's student at the Russian and East European Studies Program at the University of Oxford. The interview was part of the student’s work on a master's thesis on the functioning of the U.S.-Russian Cooperative Threat Reduction Program during the first term of president of Russia Boris Yeltsin (1991-1996).


On November 11-12, the founder and director of PIR Center, Vladimir A. Orlov, delivers a report on the NPT Review Conference at the Republic of Korea–UN Joint Conference on Disarmament and Non‑Proliferation in Seoul. About 40 representatives of Governments and intergovernmental organizations, research institutes and think‑tanks will participate in the two-day meeting.


On August 19, the PIR Center held a webinar on the topic " Putsch. Orlov. Eyewitness. 3 days and 2 nights in the White House. 30 years later." Vladimir Orlov, the founder and director of the PIR Center, shared his memories and impressions about the events of the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt, who was in the White House from August 19 to August 21, 1991, as a correspondent for the then most influential newspaper “Moskovskie Novosti”. This event was a harbinger of the launch of a new project of the PIR Center "Nuclear Nonproliferation: history in faces".


On June 15, 18:00-19:00 (Moscow time), one day before the Geneva meeting of Presidents Putin and Biden, PIR Center, Vienna Center for Nonproliferation and Disarmament (VCDNP), and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will present their recommendations on restoring Russian-U.S. dialogue on arms control and nonproliferation. 


«Strategic stability in Russian-American relations... What to expect from Iran's missile program... What are the chances that the DPRK will abandon nuclear weapons... How to 3D-print a drone and what this means for the arms control regime... Does nuclear energy have a future in the Middle East ... These are just some of the topics we were discussing for the last two evenings and into the night, connecting Moscow, California, New York, Yekaterinburg, Seoul ... “Discuss” is the exact word. But, strictly speaking, it was students from different countries who reported to the members of the State Examination Commission headed by General of the Army Vyacheslav Trubnikov. And MGIMO University, PIR Center and Middlebury Institute of International Studies “connected the wires”. Students are now masters. The Dual Degree M.A. Program Global Security, Nuclear Policy, and WMD Nonproliferation has taken a new qualitative step forward. And has confirmed that this master's program is not just “international”, not just “unique”, but also with a stable quality mark», ‒ Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center Director, MGIMO Professor and Academic Advisor of the Dual Degree M.A. Program Global Security, Nuclear Policy, and WMD Nonproliferation.


We are going to discuss an important milestone in the history of nuclear nonproliferation ‒ the public reports of the Russian SVR dated 1993 and 1995, the preparation and public nature of which were initiated by Yevgeny Primakov. Today, these reports are an irreplaceable «handbook» for both students and experts specializing in nuclear nonproliferation. Moreover, our meeting is intended for the «PIR younger generations», junior experts in the field of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament», ‒ Vladimir Orlov, Director of PIR Center.


“Biden will pose new challenges to the Russian Federation, but not something completely different from his predecessor. He will be constrained by many domestic factors, by the balance of powers inside the United States. And most importantly, Biden is likely to be a weak president, not a strong president. As we know from history, you need to be a very strong president if you really want to fix relations with Moscow”, – Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).


On January 19, 2021, Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Director of the PIR Center, gave an interview to the Security Index journal. He shared his views on the great potential of the Russian-US cooperation in the framework of the NPT, threats of nuclear proliferation, suggesting how to make the P5 framework practically useful, and what is the role of China, the United Kingdom and India in the nonproliferation regime.