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Iran confirms discovery of computer virus “Stuxnet” at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant
26.09.2010
The signing of the Agreement on Confidence-Building Measures Related to Systems to Counter Ballistic Missiles Other Than Strategic Ballistic Missiles
26.09.1997
The Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency are opened for signing.
26.09.1986

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21.09.2017

“The impact of artificial intelligence on international security: both negative and beneficial; assessment of the cyberattack threats on nuclear and bio-facilities; and, finally, recommendations on the development of disarmament and nonproliferation education. These three topics were at the heart of the agenda of the 68th session of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters in New York”, — Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, Special Advisor to the PIR Center.

14.09.2017

“We are talking about more effective help to UN member-states in countering terrorism when such requests appear. It is necessary to make bureau’s work more visible and corresponding to the expectations of the international society. New unit will among other things contribute to the formation of the international law in the sphere of countering international terrorism” — Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.

11.08.2017

"I believe that international experience including technical standards and guidelines is in demand for mitigating the challenge of ensuring cybersecurity at nuclear power plants. The key organizations in promoting cybersecurity standards are the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the IAEA. To ensure the competitiveness of solutions for industrial control systems of NPPs, it is necessary not only to apply international experience in cyber security, but also intensively participate in the work on documents within these frameworks, promoting advanced domestic solutions to the international level, achieving the leading positions," — leading researcher at the V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciencies, Russian Academy of Science Vitaliy Promyslov.

Experts

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).

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