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“This was a journey. Thank you for taking the journey with us. You had so many good ideas, and we are looking forward to capturing those ideas and putting forward some new ideas”, ‒ Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, USA).


On December 15, a regular meeting of the PIR Center Executive Board, its governing body, took place.


“We must learn to anticipate the consequences of the development of new dangerous military technologies and classes of weapons through timely political and legal steps. Otherwise, we will again face a long and exhausting arms race and the emergence of severe crises and confrontations, ”- Senior Advisor, Vice President of the PIR Center (2003-2013), Lieutenant-General of the Foreign Intelligence Service Gennady Evstafiev (1938-2013).


The telebridge participants really got into the role, and sometimes their speeches could not be distinguished from the speeches of the official representatives of Russia and the United States. Students took a useful inventory of the contradictions in US-Russian relations and highlighted the areas that will require the most difficult work under the next administration”, – Sergey Semenov, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program Coordinator.


 “A generation of highly professional but one-sided specialists is growing. I teach my students that everything that they do in the technical sphere can also have political consequences. Everything in society is connected”, -  Alexander Fedorov, Member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.


"Pandemic has vividly illustrated that deficit of international cooperation as to the security of ICT benefits malicious actors. Young experts from Russia, the USA, Europe could make a positive contribution to building up a dialog to tackle this problem", – Oleg Shakirov, PIR Center Consultant.


On November 27, the second Timerbaev Debate took place online as part of the Dual Degree Master's Program in Nonproliferation Studies (Moscow State Institute of International Relations – Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey – PIR Center).


"The development of nuclear energy in Saudi Arabia is a forward-looking and important task. The State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” has every chance to become one of the KSA’s key partners in the development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy because it already has extensive experience in working with nuclear newcomer countries in difficult climatic conditions with lack of the necessary infrastructure", ‒ Inna Rodina, PIR Center intern. 


“It is difficult for me to say how many pillars PIR Center is based on, but one of them is definitely the interns. Their hard work, intelligence, and creativity make a substantial contribution to our work», ‒ Sergey Semenov, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program Coordinator.


International security is not a center of the world, but a reflection of profound processes that nowadays are characterized by a growing randomness and shrinking planning horizon. Confidence, privacy and confidentiality of diplomacy are deteriorating. Ensuring security requires not only technical, but also political decisions. Under such circumstances the aim of the Russian foreign policy is to find a balance between development and security amidst an incoming new wave of globalization. To secure its status of a great power, Russia needs to preserve its relevance among other players and play a role of additional element to the situation of unsteady equilibrium.