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Entry into force of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism
07.07.2007

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06.07.2020

The present occasional paper seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of the key provisions of the Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence and put them into perspective, while also drawing on the 2014 Military Doctrine. The “Basic Principles” is considered as a development of major importance since it is the first time in Russian history that such a detailed nuclear policy planning document is released publicly, and the room for misinterpretation of Russian nuclear policy is narrowed.

29.06.2020

PIR Center continues to publish policy papers, which were prepared for a joint seminar on reducing nuclear risks during great power competition, which was co-organized together with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). As it appears that such competition is already underway, we decided to release two policy memos originally prepared for the seminar under one cover “Strategic (In)Stability: Perspectives from the U.S.”. As discussed by the authors, there is some overlooked potential for constructive engagement between Russian and the United States with regards to arms control and emerging technologies.

22.06.2020

«Active involvement of the organizing partners, academic advisors, and instructors of the Dual Degree Master`s Program allows us to maintain a high level, dynamics, and quality of the educational process. Students of the program continue to show impressive results, and the recent master's thesis defense is a good confirmation of that», – Educational Program Director of PIR Center Yulia Sych.

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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