PIR PRESS NEWS
“I feel like an Indian cosmopolite. I have been living and studying abroad, I have visited many countries; above all, I’m Indian, and then a citizen of the world. India is the most comfortable place for me, but Russia, of course, is my second motherland,” – senior fellow of Observer Research Foundation, member of PIR Center International Expert Group, Nandan Unnikrishnan.
“In the changing conditions of the development of natural gas markets, Russia and Iran are playing on the same field, and the changes that are taking place in Iran’s oil and gas sector, which are reflected on the exporting potential of the country, will inevitably impact in the potential Russian participation in international natural gas markets. We are also likely to see changes in the arrangement of traditional competition among international organizations. The future of competition between Russia and Iran may depend on the following factors: first, Iran’s conscious decision to enter markets that Russia is seeking (comprised of mostly non-Europeans), and secondly, the prospect of coordinated actions within the framework of existing institutions in gas markets”, – Researcher of the Institute of Energy Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences Irina Mironova.
“In 2007, Russia and the United States came up with a joint proposal to impart a multilateral character to the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles. Eight years later, isn’t it the time to return to this idea?” - Andrey Baklitskiy, PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director.
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).
PIR Center is a Moscow-based organization. In addition, Centre russe d'etudes politiques founded on the PIR Center initiative at the territory of the Canton Geneva represents the organization interests in Europe.
The first project and the trademark publication of the PIR Center was the Yaderny Kontrol journal, the pilot issue of which came out in November 1994. The Russian and international establishments and expert communities have recognized Yaderny Kontrol as the source of objective analytical information on the subject of nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction and arms control. The understanding of the complex character of current security problems brought the existing group of authors and the editorial board to the decision to expand the scope of the journal and to release the new edition under the title Security Index. Beginning in 2007, the journal is published four times a year in both Russian and English. The English edition of Security Index is published by Routledge publishing house and distributed from London worldwide. In 2012 a landmark 100th issue of the Journal came out in print.
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”.