PIR PRESS NEWS
Twenty-five years since the end of Cold War, the Greater Europe is split again. In the course of a year, things previously thought impossible, namely Ukrainian military conflict and mutual sanctions between the West and Russia, came to reality. Europe stands at the brink of a full-flagged crisis of the arms control system and faces growing military threats. Above all, the trust between the parties is lost, which impedes return to sustainable and effective dialogue on the security issues. What are the reasons of the existing situation and what needs to be done to cope with the crisis? Is European development feasible without Russia and vice versa?
“Protection of critical infrastructure from cyber threats as the main target for attacks in a conflict is a key task for many states of the world. The scope of international cooperation in this field, suggested by new global threats including from non-governmental actors (e.g. terrorist groups), is however limited due to uneven technical capacities and different understanding of ‘criticality’, as well as the current geopolitical situation,” – Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security”, pointed out at the PIR Center, UNIDIR and GCSP joint seminar in Geneva.
On June 16-19, a series of seminars on key issues of global security will take place in Geneva. The seminars are organized by the PIR Center’s European partner Centre russe d'études politiques in partnership with The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva Centre for Security Policy and other partner organizations
How many people work in the PIR Center? It is not so easy to answer this question at once, for the counts may differ. According to the staff list, it comes out around twenty employees. But what if you consider PIR Center Advisory Board members, as well as those who write for the PIR Center's periodicals, provide consulting services for its projects, and those that participate in lecture courses? Then the number will be over a hundred.
The PIR Center's highest authority is its Executive Board, uniting prominent Russian political scientists, experts in international affairs, economists, and public figures. The recommendations of members of the Executive Board, their experience and expertise in the problems concerning nongovernmental sector development trends in Russia and the world provide invaluable assistance in the strategic development of the Center and make a major contribution to the identification of areas for its long-term research activities.
In its research studies, the Center receives great support from the Advisory Board. Today, Advisory Board of the PIR Center brings together 58 individual and 10 corporate members - the leading Russian and international experts, governmental officials and business organizations, spokesmen for the interests of different countries, regions, continents, united by common idea - to promote a more stable, safer world. Advisory Board consists representatives of Russia, Kazakhstan, Great Britain, Germany, the United States, Norway, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Ireland, China, etc.
The PIR Center team combines knowledge, experience and youth to ensure the accomplishment of the Center's research, educational and publishing tasks. The Center's staff members include two generals – V. Lata, E. Buzhinsky - who for a long time have worked in Russian ministries and departments, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary R. Timerbaev, who has served as a diplomat for over 40 years is always ready to consult his junior colleagues. The Center engages in its work young gifted people - students, graduates and promising scholars from various Russian regions and higher education institutions.
All this ensures high-level training and research activities carried out by the Center. The PIR Center has become a school that trains competent specialists not only for itself, but also for the leading Russian and foreign research organizations working in the area of international security, nonproliferation of WMD and arms control.
Experts trained by the PIR Center have worked at different times in the past and continue to do so at institutions such as Harvard University (USA), Geneva Center for Security Policy (Switzerland), Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO, Russia), Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI, Sweden), Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (Russia), Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies (USA), Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia (USA), and the Center for Defense Information (USA).