PIR PRESS NEWS
“The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance which was announced by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and planned for April 2014 will be important because it’s the first time that an internet governance meeting is purely political. This Meeting would look at two very significant aspects of internet governance: the management of root servers – which are responsible for the most basic routing of information across the Internet – and the management of the first level domain names. And the problem with the root servers is not where they are located but rather who manages them”, – Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board Michael Yakushev.
“West, as well as Russia and China, is not afraid of Iranian nuclear capability. It poses danger mainly to Saudi Arabia and Israel. However, while concessions to Iran are tangible, Iranian concessions are not worth anything. This reminds of the situation of 2003, when negotiations were also led by Rouhani. Then we had the same kind of euphoria that after two years ended in failure and serious progress of Iran in the nuclear field”, – President of the Institute of Middle East Studies, Evgeny Satanovsky.
“In order to secure its geopolitical interests in the Greater Middle East and North Africa, Russia must, at the very least, keep Syria and Algeria in its sphere of influence; win a greater share of the Iraqi market; try to maintain, inasmuch as possible, its close ties with Iran; and strengthen its presence in Afghanistan after 2014. There are also opportunities for greater cooperation with Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen. These involve the use of subsidized loans, offset contracts, and other financing options”, — Natalia Kalinina, the Head of the Unconventional Threats Group at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
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).