PIR PRESS NEWS
“The fifteenth International school on global security is taking place in the lead-up to the seventieth session of the UN and is included among the events planned by the Russian public committee for the observance of that occasion. We are holding this school in Russian, which not just formally, but practically should remain a language for discussion of key questions on world development. We ourselves are ready to share our knowledge, and we are eagerly awaiting interaction with our colleagues who have gathered in Abramtsevo” – Vladimir Orlov, special advisor of PIR Center and the head of the Center for global trends and international organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation.
“Sharing best practices in the field of critical infrastructure protection, including non-nuclear energy infrastructure is often limited because of special security regime at such objects, whereas elaboration of norms and standards of states’ conduct in information space is complicated due to the lack of trust among them. Despite some regional initiatives to strengthen international information security, the ongoing discussion on the necessity to elaborate norms in information space, a comprehensive cooperation mechanism is lacking, which should be taken into account given the peculiarities of ICT sphere,” – according to PIR Center intern Karina Markova.
“The main issues being debated at the RevCons remain unchanged – but the sides appear increasingly unwilling to compromise or to search for a consensus. The state parties that are unhappy with the state of the NPT review process are looking for short and straight paths to their goals, especially in the area of disarmament. There is a growing temptation to move the discussion on the most contentious issues to the UN General Assembly or to some ad hoc body, where decisions would be taken by a majority rather than unanimously. That would enable the majority of the states to ram through their own agenda, ignoring the position of the dissenting states” - "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy.
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).