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PIR Center continues to publish policy papers, which were prepared for a joint seminar on reducing nuclear risks during great power competition, which was co-organized together with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). As it appears that such competition is already underway, we decided to release two policy memos originally prepared for the seminar under one cover “Strategic (In)Stability: Perspectives from the U.S.”. As discussed by the authors, there is some overlooked potential for constructive engagement between Russian and the United States with regards to arms control and emerging technologies.


«Active involvement of the organizing partners, academic advisors, and instructors of the Dual Degree Master`s Program allows us to maintain a high level, dynamics, and quality of the educational process. Students of the program continue to show impressive results, and the recent master's thesis defense is a good confirmation of that», – Educational Program Director of PIR Center Yulia Sych.


“The existing uncertainty regarding the US and Russian capabilities points to the following problem: lacking reliable information about each other’s arsenals would force both parties to prepare for the worst-case scenarios. Each would seek to ramp up its strategic arsenal, leading to a strategic arms race. In the case of the US, the situation is complicated by the fact that Washington is in the final phases of planning the structure of its nuclear forces for the next several decades”, - PIR Center experts on the scenarios should the US refuse to extend the New START Treaty.

№26 (2004): Unmanned aerial vehicles: history, application, threat of proliferation and prospects of development (in Russian).

nz26.jpgThe era of new military operations has come. This is closely connected to accelerated technical progress of all weapon systems and radical improvement of military characteristics.
One of such great technological advances in the field of military operations is development and application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). They are used for a wide range of military tasks: strategic, operational and tactic ones. At the same time, wide spread of unmanned aerial vehicles can present a real danger of terrorist acquiring these technologies and using them for their purposes.
A new PIR Center study paper "Unmanned aerial vehicles: history, application, threat of proliferation and prospects of development" is a historic survey of UAV development and methods of their application. The authors analyze an impact of UAV proliferation and evaluate their potential threat to international security and Russian national security.