The RF Government issues a decree to approve the "Guiding Principles of Plutonium Management".
The Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident enters into force for the USSR.
The 39-member-state Disarmament Committee Meeting meets with France present for the first time.
The adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution to create the UN Atomic Energy Commission.



The Security Index Occasional Paper Series came out with the new report "Future of arms control: views from Russia" that consists of two articles: “U.S.-Russia arms control: where we are and where we are going” by Evgeny Buzhinskiy and “Broadening the scope of arms control: new strategic systems, “non strategic” arsenals, conventional long-range precision strike, hypersonic missiles, missile defense and space capabilities” by Dmitry Stefanovich.


On January 19, 2021, Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Director of the PIR Center, gave an interview to the Security Index journal. He shared his views on the great potential of the Russian-US cooperation in the framework of the NPT, threats of nuclear proliferation, suggesting how to make the P5 framework practically useful, and what is the role of China, the United Kingdom and India in the nonproliferation regime.


PIR Center experts Vladimir Orlov and Sergey Semenov discuss the prospects for the Russian-American dialogue on arms control.

Congratulations on the 25th Anniversary of PIR Center

We are grateful to all of our friends and partners for their warm wishes!

"Over the past quarter of a century, PIR Center has gained a well-deserved authority in domestic and foreign academic and public circles, has become one of the most respected research structures specializing in such currently important issues of the global agenda as nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and information security.

Thanks to the high professionalism of the staff, the expert and educational activities of the Center become more effective every year, making a significant contribution to the training of the modern generation of Russian specialists in international affairs.

I would like to mention that the studies conducted by the Center are of great practical interest, are in demand in the work of the Presidential Administration of the President of Russia, as well as of a number of Russian ministries and departments. I hope that such a useful interaction and partnership will continue in the future. 

I wish the staff of the PIR Center new scientific and creative successes and all the best." 


Anton Vaino, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of the President of Russia

"It is hard to overestimate PIR Center’s contribution to expert analysis of Russian approaches to international security issues. Your organization’s cooperation with the international political and security research community, including our US colleagues, has also been invaluable. These efforts to find common ground on such issues as arms control and nonproliferation are as important as ever.

PIR Center’s research and education activities have been instrumental in bringing up the new generation of disarmament specialists. We greatly value the ongoing cooperation between your organization, the MGIMO diplomatic school, and the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy. Graduates of PIR Center’s International School on Global Security and of the PIR Center-MGIMO Joint Masters Program on Nuclear Nonproliferation, as well as other programs, have been able to put their new skills and experience to good use.

We at the Russian Foreign Ministry greatly value our constructive cooperation with PIR Center. The research papers authored by PIR Center staffers always offer a high-quality, in-depth analysis, and their practical recommendations have proved highly relevant in our daily operations. We are looking forward to working with you on your new ideas and initiatives.

I wish all the best to you personally and to the entire PIR Center team."

Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

"Dear Gen. Buzhinsky, 

Please accept my cordial greetings to you and the entire PIR Center team on the occasion of PIR Center’s 25th anniversary. 

PIR Center has won itself a solid reputation as a leading nongovernmental organization in the field of global security research, education, and consulting. 

Hundreds of politicians, diplomats, military servicemen and public figures from the CIS states have taken training courses, internships, and workshops, including the annual International School, organized by PIR Center. 

I would like to use this occasion to emphasize the importance of cooperation between the Russian Ministry of Defense and your organization, which represents the Russian expert community. For many years you have been providing high-quality analysis in the field of nuclear nonproliferation and new challenges and threats. We value your contribution to the Moscow International Security Conference and to the development of international military cooperation. 

I wish you and your team success in all your endeavors." 

Gen. Sergey Shoygu, Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation


Address by Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu

High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
to participants of the PIR Center International School on Global Security 2019

Zvenigorod, 6 – 14 April 2019

"Mr. Albert Zulkharneev,

Dr. Vladimir Orlov,

Staff members and School participants,

I am pleased to send closing remarks to the participants of the 19th International School on Global Security held in Zvenigorod, Russia, on 6 – 14 April 2019. In the current security environment affected by emerging technologies, we need a comprehensive understanding of challenges to disarmament, non-proliferation, cyber security, regional and global security.

I believe the PIR Center School has provided a unique opportunity for you, 25 young and outstanding professionals, politicians, diplomats, military and civil servants, journalists, scholars, faculty, and students, to build expertise, improve professional skills and contribute through knowledge to a more secure world.
PIR Center has long promoted disarmament and non-proliferation education, including through the establishment of the Dual Master’s Degree Program in WMD Non-proliferation in partnership with the MGIMO University and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

I would like to highlight the contribution of Dr. Orlov to the cause of disarmament and nonproliferation education as member of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters in 2015-2018.

The 19th International School on Global Security is special as it marks the 25th anniversary of PIR Center. My Office values the experience of its cooperation with the Center as an independent Russian think tank strongly committed to advancing in-depth understanding of nuclear issues in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and beyond the region.

Therefore, I hope that the participants of the School found this event full of fruitful discussions, constructive debates, and had opportunities to develop a shared vision that will help address the challenges to international security we face today.

Thank you."

"Dear Vladimir, 

It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday, and I very much enjoyed our conversation over lunch. 

Let me congratulate you and the PIR Center again for the important work you have been doing in the field of international security and non-proliferation over the past 25 years.  Under your leadership, the PIR Center has become a leading regional and international research entity and an authoritative voice on security issues of global concern. 

I very much hope that the Center’s next 100 years will be as successful as its first 25, and that the PIR Center will continue its substantive contribution to the international discussion on arms control and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, issues which are high in the agenda of the United Nations." 


Vladimir Voronkov,

Head of UN Office of Counter-Terrorism,




"Happy 25th Anniversary to the PIR Center! My very best wishes to you and your staff."

Rose Gottemoeller, 

Deputy Secretary General of NATO 


"Dear Volodya,

Congratulations on the 25th anniversary of the founding of the PIR Center, during this time through your vision and leadership it has acquired international standing among the best international security policy research institutions."


Tariq Rauf, Consultant under 

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization


"Dear Vladimir, 

Congratulations on your 25th anniversary! I hope all goes well."


Robert Legvold, Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus, Columbia University,

Director of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative