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The Chinese conduct an atmospheric nuclear explosion. It is the last atmospheric nuclear explosion on the Earth.
16.10.1980
The PRC carries out its first atomic bomb test. The charge yield is 22 kilotons. The PRC makes a statement on non-use of nuclear weapons and vows not to threaten non-nuclear weapons states.
16.10.1964

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09.10.2017

«Being an intern for the PIR Center meant personal, and cultural, growth. The PIR Center is a multicultural environment, where the foreigner is always welcome. The working environment was always positive and motivating and I felt part of the team every single day of my internship», – Jasmine Ceremigna, PIR Center’s intern in March-May 2017. 

04.10.2017

On October 3, the regular meeting of the PIR Center Executive Board, the highest organ of its administration, was held.

04.10.2017

“When we say “multilateral approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle” in the realm of nuclear power, this is a correct, yet an abstract notion. However, I have always been interested in its practical dimension. And I wanted to find out how these multilateral approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) work at, in fact, the only facility in the world, where several states jointly own the shares of the International Uranium Enrichment Center (IUEC). Along with Russia, the members now include Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Ukraine. The IUEC has just turned 10 years. It is time to evaluate its past and look into the future,” — Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Founder and Special Advisor to the PIR Center. 

PIR Center and MGIMO University Joint Module “WMD Nonproliferation and International Security”

SYLLABUS

“WMD NONPROLIFERATION AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY” 

"Governance and Global Affairs" M. A. in International Affairs

Course Description

International community faces new threats of weapons of mass destruction use and proliferation. Over the last two decades after the end of the cold war, Russia, the USA, other nuclear-weapon states as well as other countries and international organizations have acquired invaluable experience in international negotiations and implementation of joint agreements on nuclear weapons reductions, development of export control and nuclear security systems, as well as international cooperation in nuclear energy. Even with political changes, cooperation on nuclear sphere is a key factor of international security and successful solution of global and regional nonproliferation problems.

At the same time, the WMD nonproliferation regime is being presented with completely new challenges. On the one hand, global economic and political changes and technical progress are opening new opportunities for development, while on the other hand the risk of WMD proliferation and a new arms race are growing. Political and military issues are intricately intertwined with all other aspects of life in the world. In order to meet these challenges, there is a need for a new level of expertise in nonproliferation and international security, one that is founded on the latest advances in science and interdisciplinary research, as well as continued professional advancement.

The main purpose of the course is developing of better understanding of the main WMD threats, risks of nuclear energy development and WMD nonproliferation regimes functioning.

It is expected that at the end of the course the students will be able to analyze critically the role on nuclear factor in global, regional and national politics, including foreign policy and military doctrines, logic of arms control negotiations and mechanisms of international regimes functioning. The students will be able to formulate research questions, select appropriate methods, develop argumentation, make relevant conclusions and present their ideas and arguments on WMD nonproliferation issues. Knowledge and skills obtained during the course could used be both for development of the MA dissertations and in further practical work. 

It is expected that at the end of the course the students will be able to analyze critically the role on nuclear factor in global, regional and national politics, including foreign policy and military doctrines, logic of arms control negotiations and mechanisms of international regimes functioning. The students will be able to formulate research questions, select appropriate methods, develop argumentation, make relevant conclusions and present their ideas and arguments on WMD nonproliferation issues. Knowledge and skills obtained during the course could used be both for development of the MA dissertations and in further practical work.

Each class includes a lecture, discussion on literature/Q&A session. 

Requirements and Assessment of the course

Attendance is required. One absence without proper reason is the absolute maximum.

Everyone is expected to engage in the discussion. It is only possible if the students read and carefully think through the required reading before the class.

Assignments and grading system include:

Everybody can achieve as max 112 points

  • In-class activity (including participation and questions) – 36 points (12 classes –  3 point each max)
  • Participation in debates – 4 points + extra 4 points for debaters
  • Test – 68 points

To get “pass” student need to get at least 32 points

Required readings are available at the programs web page.

Program Coordinators

PIR Center:

Mr. Albert Zulkharneev

Phone: +7 (499) 940 0983

e-mail: zulkharneev@pircenter.org

edu@pircenter.org

MGIMO:

Ms. Maria Apanovich

Phone: +7 (495) 434 4501

E-mail: masters@inno.mgimo.ru

 



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