PIR PRESS NEWS
“In the West, a ceasefire agreement for the east of Ukraine was taken skeptically. The issue of a new round of sanctions against Russia was not removed from the agenda. The comments from Washington and Brussels come down to doubts on whether the agreement would work or not. However, there are no other circumspect ways to resolve the crisis yet. The coming days will show if the Minsk agreement passes the test of time”, - Director General of the Russian Council for Foreign Affairs Andrey Kortunov.
“I would like to express my utmost gratitude for your efforts to integrate ongoing PIR Center research into the educational process at MGIMO. The joint module on nuclear nonproliferation that was organized in 2013 generated lively and interested responses from students and demonstrated great potential for future cooperation. We hope that the grounds we created will serve as a foundation for the opening of full-fledged educational programs,” – Rector of MGIMO University Anatoly Vasilyevich Torkunov.
“The Internet Governance Forum has established itself as a non-biased and convenient multistakeholder mechanism. However today it needs a mainstream direction for the organized and scheduled process aimed at resolution of the key problems in this field. Since the adoption of the Brazilian national law on the Internet – Marco Civil – in April 2014, the discussion has been going on concerning the feasibility of elaboration of a global act on the principles of the internet governance. In case if the IGF mechanism is strengthened and updated, it could take on such work”, - Director of the PIR Center Program “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” Oleg Demidov.
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).