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11.10.2018

“We have only two arms control treaties left, and I hope that the New START will be extended. What would an arms control regime look like after the New START expires? It is necessary to impose limitations upon the missile defense system because, following the American logic during the 60s, ABM turns to be a weapon of a potential aggressor. It is useless and impossible to include everything in one treaty, but the restrictions on offensive and defensive arms, including space-based ones will have to be the key elements of a future arms control architecture,” – Gen. Evgeny Buzhinskiy, Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board.

04.10.2018

“He travelled, he studied, he taught.” It is in this order, as Nabokov wrote, that I would love to set priorities in my life. I have been to 70 countries. Is that many or few? Very, very few! By telling the story of the Russian Hawaii, I am getting ready for new travels. I cannot help but feel passion for changing places,” – Vladimir Orlov, Founder of PIR Center.

18.09.2018

“More education and training opportunities should be established to empower women and young people to be a force for change and disarmament and there must be better engagement and integration of experts, industry and civil society representatives into United Nations efforts for disarmament,” — Report of the UN Secretary-General on the work of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

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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