PIR PRESS NEWS
“Pressing issues, related to the future of a zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, in the context of the prospects for the NPT review process in 2016-2020, were in the center of discussions at the 65th session of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM)” — Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Мember of the UN SG’s Advisory Board, Founder & Special Advisor to PIR Center.
“In Syria, we have witnessed the attempts of at least two new centers of power – Turkey and Saudi Arabia – to pursue their geopolitical goals by means of force. Subsequently, Iran too began to display its geopolitical ambitions in the Syrian theater. The activation of power centers constitutes a phenomenon that by far extends the field of the broader Middle East. Other countries – taking into account, of course, their actual capabilities and the conditions under which they operate – pursue a similar policy, such as Poland, India, Brazil and Iran. In the near future, assuming a stabilization of the economic situation, Indonesia and Egypt will also begin to pursue such a policy,” – Dmitry Efstafyev, member of the PIR Center Executive Board.
“Unless the CTBT enters into force, there is a risk that countries will pull out of the agreement and once again carry out nuclear tests. In that case, we would lose twenty years of hard work and fifty to sixty years of negotiations on a treaty and a dream.”— Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO.
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).