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“Emerging technologies shall contribute to sustainable developments if managed in a responsible manner. The International instruments and conventions are useful in this regard if they are implemented in nondiscriminatory manner. Nuclear safety and security are global concerns thus requiring collective approach without political motivations”, – Advisor to the Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Asghar Soltanieh.


"What will the control over nuclear, chemical, biological and other technologies, for example, in the field of robotics, look like in the age of rapid perception of information, the rapid decision making and new communication opportunities? The world needs a global security system corresponding to its realities. Russia has every reason to be among the leaders in shaping a new agenda", - Albert Zulkharneev, Director, PIR Center.


“In order to come up with possible solutions and avoid further dragging of the Treaty, our Board at its summer session gave high priority to the NPT review process and its prospects for 2016-2020. We agreed that both failure to adopt a final document in 2015, and the absence of substantive discussions on many of the key nonproliferation issues at the conference are causes for concern.  The states made their official statements, presented their positions, and then the frenetic backstage work started: some tried to collect the puzzle named Final Document, some pushed their own egoistic interests.  But there were few attempts to build a dialogue on the most complicated questions, mend the differences, come up with a diagnose and start the treatment”, – Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Head, Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry; Founder & Special Advisor, PIR Center. 

About PIR Center

PIR Center is an independent nongovernmental organization, which carries out research, as well as educational, public awareness and publishing activities, and provides consulting services. From the time of its founding in April 1994 to this day, the priority areas of the Center's research studies remain international security, control and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. PIR Center is in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).


From 1994 to 2014, the PIR Center has published Security Index journal (Yaderny Kontrol "Nuclear Control" until 2007).  The journal is published in Russian and English four times a year.  The special edition one-hundredth issue of the journal came into the world in spring of 2012.  Because of this, the PIR Center held a series of academic and practical events in Moscow, Geneva and Vienna to mark the occasion.  Since 2014, PIR Press, LLC is the journal's publisher.

Informational and analytic writing occupies an important part of our work in the form of the regularly published informational/analytic newsletters PIR Press, Yaderny Kontrol, Russia Confidential, and CyberPulse (published since 20/09/2012).  The PIR Center is located in Moscow; the PIR Center's partner organization, Centre Russe d'Etudes Politiques, is based in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The PIR Center has long and extensive ties with leading Russian and foreign research institutes, government and non-government experts.  All this allows the PIR Center to remain one of the most authoritative Russian organizations to take part in international discussion on global security issues.

PIR Center has become a leading Russian nongovernmental research organization in the area of international security. In its day-to-day operations, the Center maintains close contacts with executive and legislative agencies. The Center receives considerable support from its Advisory Board that numbers more then 60 individual and corporate members.

ffffIMG_5337.JPGSince 1997, the PIR Center has been developing educational programs in the area of nonproliferation and international security. Under its educational projects, the Center closely interacts with the leading Russian higher education institutions: MGIMO, MEPhI, St. Petersburg, Tomsk and Novosibirsk State Universities and others. With the appointment of PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov in 2001 as a UN consultant on disarmament and nonproliferation education, the Center won international recognition in the sphere of education. 

PIR Center makes intensive efforts to involve young specialists in its work. The Center staff in different times included recent graduates of the top Russian higher education institutions, such as MGIMO, Moscow State University and MEPhI. Their professional development, however, would be impossible without support and advice given by experienced senior colleagues: one of the founding fathers of the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Doctor of History, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary, Professor Roland Timerbaev; Doctor of Military Sciences, Lieutenant-General (Ret.) Vasily Lata etc.

The Center has around 20 staff members working on various short- and long-term projects. 

Since its establishment, the PIR Center has been publishing materials on nonproliferation, arms control and international security either in its periodicals or as monographs of the PIR Center Library series.