Chronology

The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America (Tlatelolco Treaty) comes into force for Cuba.
23.10.2002
The RF Government approves the "Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Material Management Disposal" program.
23.10.1995
The IAEA Statute is adopted.
23.10.1956

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23.09.2019

Students of the fourth cohort of the dual degree master program WMD Nonproliferation, Nuclear Policy and Global Security, which is run jointly by The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and PIR Center, started their studies at MGIMO University in September.

21.08.2019

Amb. Roland Timerbaev – a luminary in the field of nonproliferation, an undisputed authority, a great teacher and mentor – has passed away.


27.06.2019

“Autonomous systems are gradually displacing humans from the battlefield, and in many aspects, this can be a boon to the military, who are exposed to less risk. However, at the same time, humans transfer to artificial intelligence (AI) a part of their powers, and consequently a part of their responsibility. According to experts, neural networks will probably never learn to explain their decisions to humans. This can become a serious problem once AI is involved in such areas as intelligence, data analysis, communications and control, scenario development, and in the long run decision making.” – Director of PIR Center’s Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project Vadim Kozyulin.

Vladimir Orlov: Can it be true that PIR Center is a quarter of a century old today?

Dear members of the PIR Community,

Dear PIR People,

Can it really be true that PIR Center is a quarter of a century old today? It would be a great occasion for a grand celebration, wouldn’t it. But I still cannot quite believe it.

When me and a tiny team of my associates were establishing PIR Center in the spring of 1994, working in a small room on the corner of Tverskaya Ulitsa and Strastny Boulevard overlooking the Pushkin statue in the very heart of Moscow, I could hardly imagine that this great institution would live long enough to see the new century and indeed the new millennium. If someone told me back at the time that it would mark its 25th anniversary in Moscow, Geneva and New York, or that greetings would be pouring in from all over the world to what is now a highly reputable international nongovernmental organization, I probably wouldn’t believe them. After all, how many fly-by-night NGOs have we all seen over the years – here today, gone tomorrow?

Our PIR Center, however, is a different matter altogether. It is not just one of the oldest, but also one of the most respected think-tanks here in Russia as well as internationally. PIR has become something of a password. Say the word, and it’s clear you belong to a community of people doing a great and important work, delivering top quality, and operating with a view to far horizons.

I’ve been through the PIR Center School”; “I’m part of the PIR Community”: these words open many important doors. They are like a magic key we’ve wrought together over the past quarter-century. And by “we” I mean fifteen hundred staffers, advisors, experts and contributors to our publications, as well as colleagues from half a hundred states who’ve graduated from our various education programs.

PIR Center, turns out, is here to stay. Mission impossible has now become mission accomplished.

The acronym PIR no longer requires translation or explanation: see for yourselves in Delhi, Nur-Sultan, Tehran, Washington, Bern, Havana or Baku… This is the result of your work, your hard slog, your speeches, articles and reports – and most importantly, your thoughts and ideas. Our thoughts and ideas, the PIR ideas.

And that certainly deserves my sincere congratulations. Three cheers to that, and a great Hurrah!

Vladimir Orlov

PIR Center Founder

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