Chronology

The Treaty between the U.S. and the USSR on the Limitation of Underground Nuclear Weapon Tests and the Treaty between the USSR and the U.S. on Underground Nuclear Explosions for Peaceful Purposes come into force.
11.12.1990
The South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty (the Treaty of Rarotonga) enters into force.
11.12.1986
Additional Protocols I and II to the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America (Tlatelolco Treaty) come into force for Great Britain.
11.12.1969

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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.

Training course for university professors and research institutes staff 2013

NEW GLOBAL SECURITY REALITY: THE CHANGING NATURE OF THREATS IN THE XXI CENTURY

March 26-30 2013

From March 26-30, 2013 in Moscow, the PIR Center hosted an educational course for teachers from institutes of higher education in the CIS “The New Reality of Global Security: The Changing Nature of Threats in the 21st Century”. Program participants included faculty from 15 different universities in Russia (Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Tyumen, Voronezh, Ekaterinburg, Moscow), Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, and Kyrgyzstan who study nonproliferation and international security.

Thanks to financial support from our partners, the PIR Center was able to gather representatives from research and educational centers in the CIS for the first time in ten years in order to share information and opinions on key tendencies in nonproliferation, arms control, nuclear energy, nuclear security, global internet governance, and information security.

Orlov and Berls

In an address to the course participants, PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov noted: “Those gathered here are our colleagues – those who teach courses and write research papers on international security issues on a daily basis. Today it is important we learn how to work with a new audience. What can we give the next generation of students, diplomats, and military officers? I believe that knowledge and skills are necessary for independent and critical approaches to solving these common problems.”

Robert Berls, Director of the Moscow office for the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a partner organization of the PIR Center, said: “You have a very fascinating week ahead of you. I wish you the best of luck in your work and hope that in this week you are able to enrich your knowledge and strengthen your achievements as effective teachers and researchers in your organizations.”

Course lecturers consisted of a number of the PIR Center’s leading experts, including PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov, who presented an in-depth analysis of developments in the nonproliferation regime since 1995, of the nonproliferation policies of Russia and other CIS states, and gave an evaluation of the present state of the NPT review process.

MapPIR Center Senior Vice President Evgeny Buzhinsky highlighted issues with arms control for new types of weaponry. The theme of Senior Research Associate at the PIR Center Vadim Kozyulin’s presentation was an analysis of the recently-concluded conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (in Russian). PIR Center Board Member and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations Natalia Kalinina questioned why chemical and biological security, regardless of their true threat, remain on the periphery and get little attention in international security educational programs.

Nuclear security came up on multiple occasions. It was discussed by Director of the International Center for Nuclear Training at MEPhI Victor Murogov in the context of his talk about the current state of nuclear energy around the world, while Dr. Orlov discussed the risks of nuclear terrorism.

The Head of the International Cooperation Department at the Federal Financial Monitoring Service Alexei Petrenko presented on a very new topic, one that has yet to be incorporated into educational programs – “Problems in Countering Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing. Russia’s 2013-2014 Chairmanship of FATF.”

Another novel topic that received piqued participants' interest was PIR Center "International Information Security and Global Internet Governance" Program Coordinator Oleg Demidov's presentation on key issues in the field and approaches to their solution.

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The course participants dwelled on two key regional nonproliferation issues in particular. PIR Center Research Associate Andrey Baklitsky evaluated development perspectives for nuclear energy in the Middle East, as well as the establishment of a regional WMD-free zone. Meanwhile, Vladimir Orlov shared his views on the issues surrounding Iran’s nuclear program. One of Russia’s most experienced experts, Head of the Korea and Mongolia Department in the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Alexander Voronstov, explained in depth the origins of the situation on the Korean peninsula.

The course also included a seminar where participants were able to share their experiences teaching disciplines related to nonproliferation and international security. The seminar was led by Ildar Akhtamzyan, Associate Professor in the International Relations and Foreign Policy department at MGIMO, and Nataliya Piskunova, an expert with the Institute for Economic Strategies.

EveryoneParticipants’ goals upon arrival in Moscow for the course included professional development, opening up new topics, becoming familiar with the opinions of Russian experts, and discussions with colleagues. Judging by the course evaluations, many of these goals came to fruition.

“The course is defined by its high-level orientation to applied questions on disarmament, nonproliferation, and security. The course content is filled to the maximum with the most current information. I would also mention the all-around presentation of materials – a combination of visual aids and lectures. The discussions also had great meaning. The students and experts came across as true professionals in their fields,” said Ivan Zolotukhin, Director of the principle educational program “International Relations,” Far East Federal University.

Vera Gavrilova, Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies, Novosibirsk State Technical University,  laid special emphasis on the opportunity of enriching contacts with colleagues from CIS states: “What sets this course apart from others is that it brings in teachers and experts from Central Asian countries, allowing for an exchange of best practices and discussion of possibilities for further partnership with these colleagues.”

Nuria Kutnaeva, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, International University in Central Asia, paid attention to the same issue: “The course was very interesting and cognitive, allowing me to update my knowledge of nuclear issues. It was remarkable to be able to take the first steps toward establishing a network of experts in nonproliferation between international relations departments.”

On the last day of the course the participants attended the Cold War museum "Bunker 42."

Pictures from the PIR Center are available on the program website, as well as on our Facebook page.

For more information regarding the PIR Center’s Education and Training Program, please contact the program director Albert Zulkharneev by phone +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax +7 (495) 987-19-14, or e-mail: zulkharneev at pircenter.org

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