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.
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.
Since 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.
PIR Center for International Studies Autonomous Non-for-Profit Organization is listed in the register envisaged by the paragraph 10 of the article 13.1 of the Federal Law of the Russian Federation “On Non-profit Organizations”.