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U.S. President G.W. Bush states that the U.S. will withdrawal from the 1972 ABM Treaty in six months
13.12.2001

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08.12.2017

“Internship at the PIR Center was very beneficial in many ways. On professional level, I was challenged every day and learned much about Russian policies, interests and perspectives on various security questions. This opportunity gave me a real taste of what working in an efficient think tank is. On a personal level, working for the PIR has pushed me outside my comfort zone into a completely unknown environment. But despite my limited skills in Russian, I had the feeling of being completely accepted and integrated in the team. All in all, my only regret will be the short term of my internship!”

08.12.2017

“In the current highly politicized climate, the initiative for the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Chemical and Biological Terrorism may have a higher chance of succeeding if it transitions away from the usage of terrorist for non-state actor. Not only will it streamline the international legal framework by limiting the terminology to state and non-state actor, it will circumvent the necessity to provide a definition for terrorism”, –  Alicia Rorabaugh, PIR Center’s intern and student of the Dual Degree Master Program in Nonproliferation Studies

02.12.2017

“There is a proposal to start research and development [on a missile prohibited under the INF Treaty]. It is not prohibited according to the Treaty, but it seems to be the first step of violation of the soul of the Treaty. […] For us, this is an indication that activities to create a new missile violating the Treaty are going on. The United States is engaged in preparatory work to withdraw from the Treaty. We consider this to be a mistake. We have offered the United States to sit together and discuss all issues of mutual concern, find solutions to these issues, and avoid making efforts provoking the other side to give an adequate answer,” — Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the United States of America.

Topics for MA theses

Tentative list of the topics for MA theses

 for the MGIMO-PIR-MIIS Dual Degree Program on

Nonproliferation Studies


  1. History of US-Soviet/Russian Cooperation on NPT Drafting, Signing (1966-1968) and Extension (1995): Lessons Learned and Policy Recommendations.

  2. Russian (Soviet)-US Cooperation on Proliferation Prevention: A Case Study and Lessons Learned [Options: a) Iran; b) Libya; c) DPRK; d) Syria.] 

  3. Prospects of the US – Russian cooperation in preventing cyber threats to nuclear security

  4. Nuclear De-escalation of US-Russian Relations: Problems and Options for Sustainable Solutions (2016-2018)

  5. Scenarios for the Dialogue on Nuclear Nonproliferation between Russia and China

  6. Scenarios for the Dialogue on Nuclear Nonproliferation between the United States and China

  7. What Future for the P5?

  8. Future of Nuclear Deterrence 

  9. Criteria of Success for the NPT Review Process: Lessons Learned from the 2010 and 2015 NPT RevCons and Looking into the 2020 RevCon

  10. Withdrawal from the NPT: Addressing the Loophole in the Treaty

  11. Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy and Nuclear Risks in [options, choose one: a) Brazil; b) Japan; c) South Korea; d) Egypt; e) Indonesia]: a Case Study

  12. Current Stage and Future of the JCPOA.

  13. Is a Constructive Dialogue between Nuclear-Weapon States and Non-Nuclear-Weapon States on the Article 6 at All Possible?  

  14. Assessing Nuclear Security Threats in [a) Central Asia; b) South Asia; c) the Middle East; d) ASEAN Region]

  15. Establishment of the WMD Free Zone in the Middle East: history, lessons learned and prospects for advancement

  16. Experience and lessons learned from the Six-Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear program

  17. Prospects of the US-Russian dialogue on arms control and disarmament

  18. Nuclear sharing and nuclear umbrellas as factors of nuclear nonproliferation

  19. Prospects of the nuclear weapons-free zone in Central and Eastern Europe

  20. Challenges to Nuclear Test Ban

  21. Impact of the Humanitarian Initiative and the Ban Convention movement on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

  22. Military Challenges to Outer Space Exploration and Disarmament

  23. Discussion on IAEA safeguards and transformation of this nonproliferation mechanism

  24. Nuclear fuel cycle and nonproliferation risks

  25. Peaceful nuclear energy development in the [options, choose one: a) Middle East; b) South-East Asia; c) Europe; d) Latn America; e) Africa]

  26. Developing an International Dialogue on Nuclear Security after the NSS series

  27. Nuclear and radiological terrorism: contemporary challenges

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