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Opening meetings were held in Moscow in order to welcome 6th cohort students and professors of the Dual Degree M.A. Program Global Security, Nuclear Policy and WMD Nonproliferation, developed jointly by MGIMO, Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS, USA) at Monterey and PIR Center.


The PIR Center team is waiting for new young specialists who are passionate about the problems of nuclear non-proliferation and global security to fill the following vacancies: Nonproliferation & Russia Program Coordinator, Junior Researcher of the Program Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program, Assistant to the coordinator of the Education & Training Program and Assistant Director of the Program "Global & Regional Security: New Ideas for Russia". 


The final working meeting of the authors of the PIR Center monograph dedicated to the historical experience and prospects of the Russian-American dialogue on nuclear nonproliferation was held on the Zvenigorod land. The book covers a wide range of issues of Russian-American cooperation in the nuclear sphere, from negotiations on Articles I and II of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to the current state of the NPT review process.


"I have always been interested in doing research work. I was brought up in the spirit that the main value is knowledge, and the main tool for acquiring knowledge is books", - Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.


20 years ago, the whole world was shocked by horrifying footage from the United States: suicide bombers from Al-Qaeda (banned in Russia) sent two hijacked airliners to the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the third plane-to the Pentagon building, located near Washington, and the fourth hijacked airliner fell into a field in Pennsylvania. As a result of these four coordinated terrorist attacks, about three thousand people were killed. The terrorist attack was the largest in terms of the number of victims in history, dividing the history of the United States and world history into "before" and "after".


On August 31, as part of the Midweek Brainstorming Sessions, the PIR Center held a webinar on the topic "Patch for diplomatic relations: prospects for Russian-American consultations on information security". The speaker of the webinar – Oleg Shakirov, a consultant of the PIR Center, a senior expert of the Center for Advanced Governance (CAG), an expert of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) presented his expert opinion on the possible results of the Russian-American negotiations on information security. This event continues the tradition of the PIR Center for the study of information challenges and threats to international and national security, which started 20 years ago.


Today, September 1 marks the Day of Knowledge and 5 years since the first set of students started the master's program of a double diploma "Global security, nuclear policy and WMD nonproliferation", implemented jointly by the PIR Center, MGIMO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, USA.


The recent years witnessed a near complete collapse of the bilateral arms control architecture between the Russian Federation and the United States of America. During the Geneva summit in June 2021, Presidents Putin and Biden agreed to relaunch the bilateral dialogue on strategic stability issues. This occasional paper is intended to analyze the lessons to be learned from the New START negotiations process and analyze the solutions found by the negotiators to reach an agreement.


"I was drawn with romantic ideas of serving my Motherland after reading War and Peace of Leo Tolstoy. When we were analyzing this great novel within literature classes, my classmates bantered me a little bit. But the desire to serve the country only strengthened and I did not give up this idea", - Iakov Fedorov, Head of the Consular Office of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bolivia. 


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".