Chronology

US President Barack Obama announced revision plans to build a missile defense system in Eastern Europe
17.09.2009
Five new countries - Bahrain, Burundi, Congo, Nepal and Cape Verde - joined the IAEA
17.09.2007
Iran has confirmed shipment of the first batch of the Russian nuclear fuel for Busher NPP
17.09.2007

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21.08.2019

Amb. Roland Timerbaev – a luminary in the field of nonproliferation, an undisputed authority, a great teacher and mentor – has passed away.


27.06.2019

“Autonomous systems are gradually displacing humans from the battlefield, and in many aspects, this can be a boon to the military, who are exposed to less risk. However, at the same time, humans transfer to artificial intelligence (AI) a part of their powers, and consequently a part of their responsibility. According to experts, neural networks will probably never learn to explain their decisions to humans. This can become a serious problem once AI is involved in such areas as intelligence, data analysis, communications and control, scenario development, and in the long run decision making.” – Director of PIR Center’s Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project Vadim Kozyulin.

12.05.2019

“The latest prepcom has two main opposite results: in two weeks it was not possible to reach consensus among the NPT members and agree on the text of recommendations for the 2020 Review Conference, but it was decided to appoint Argentinean diplomat Rafael Mariano Grossi as the Chair of the Review Conference – his formal appointment will take place at the end of 2019," Adlan Margoev, PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director. 

Debates

Debates rules

General rules:

All participants are divided into three groups: affirmative and negative teams (2 speakers for each) and the audience. All participants will acquire the topic (resolution) of the upcoming debate in advance, but the debating groups positions will be provided only 45 minutes before the event start. Both groups prepare all cases in advance, i.e. speeches, including sets of arguments and supports (statistics, specific data, laws, regulations, rules, expert opinions) both for affirmative and negative teams. After the finishing of keynote delivery by the debaters, the discussion goes on between the audience members. They realize their vote twice – prior to the debates and after. The winning team is determined by the difference of voters for the position after first and second vote.

Time-limit:

Determination of the affirmative/negative positions in provided 45 minutes before the start of the first round.

  Participants

Time

Content

The first vote goes before the speakers performance

The speech of the first speaker of affirmative team

10 min.

Resolution definition, arguments declaration

 

The speech of the first speaker of negative team

10 min.

The reaction to the speech of affirmation team, negation team arguments declaration

The speech of the second speaker of affirmative team

10 min.

Revelation of the affirmation case, support arguments entering

The speech of the second speaker of negative team

10 min.

Revelation of the negative case, support arguments entering

Discussion between the audience members

30-40 min.

The discussion is hosted by an expert, attendees announce new arguments or present a new vision of the declared problem

Answer of affirmative team

 

5 min.

Affirmative team responds to the questions from the Audience or beats negative team arguments and restore their own

Answer of negative team

5 min.

Negative team responds to the questions from the Audience or beats afiirmative team arguments and restore their own

Break (by the decision of the moderator)

 

10 min.

 

Concluding speech of affirmative team

5 min.

The team summarizes the stated arguments in support of their position and indicates the negative team case fallacy

Concluding speech of negative team

5 min.

The team summarizes the stated arguments in support of their position and indicates the affirmative team case fallacy

Specification (detailing)

During the first four speeches, each speaker may be interrupted not more than twice by questions from the audience or from the opposite team. However, the speaker may like to take a question and answer it maximally brief, as well as able reject the appeal. In case if the speaker agrees to answer, he should not ask counter questions, thereby transforming the elaboration in the discussion.

In the last round (summarizing) can take be taken by both team members or by one of them according to prior mutual decision.

One minute before the expiration of each speech timekeeper notifies the speaker.

After the last round the moderator announces the start of voting, the results of which reveals which performance was more convincing for the audience.

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