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28.12.2018

“How can people escape from a well-trodden path in their journey? It’s actually quite simple: they just need to veer off from the beaten track. Whenever I travel with companions – preferably locals – who help me on my own journeys, my recipe is to convince them that the beaten track is not for us. Ideally, our own path should lead to the deepest, darkest forest… That’s the kind of forest I like best. It’s a synonym of freedom for me.” – PIR Center Founder and Special Advisor Vladimir Orlov.

12.12.2018

“MGIMO and MIIS students organize online seminars since 2015 but this is the first time when such discussion is moderated by two think-tanks. To establish a sustainable dialogue between Russia and the United States on nuclear nonproliferation it is essential to train a new generation of specialists in this field,” – PIR Center’s “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Adlan Margoev.

26.11.2018

“I had already had the intellectual awakening, about the details of nuclear weapons and the nuclear threat, from all the top experts. But did not know what it felt like in my gut—until I went through those 38 minutes.  Even with everything I knew about nuclear war, and nuclear weapons, and Hiroshima, and fallout, and nuclear winter, nuclear war was unimaginable to me—until I went through these 38 minutes”, Founder of NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth and documentary filmmaker Cynthia Lazaroff.

Careers and Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

Students may spend their fourth semester in the United States, Russia, or another location. They are expected to do an internship of at least 12-weeks duration. MGIMO, MIIS, and PIR Center will assist with internship placement, including the possibility of intern positions in government agencies, international organizations, and think tanks. Possible international organizations for internship placement include the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

 

Careers in Nonproliferation, Nuclear Energy, and Security

Students will gain skills they can apply immediately, while they are still in school. When students graduate they will become part of the worldwide networks of MIIS and MGIMO alumni. These networks will open doors wherever they go.

They pursue careers in governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations, and the private sector. Others who have an interest in an academic career go on to obtain doctorates at major research universities.

 

Nikita Perfilyev

Intern and research fellow in PIR Center (2006–2010), PhD student in MGIMO (2007), and graduate of the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program at MIIS (2008–2011). Currently officer in the capacity building and training section at the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). 

“If PIR Center’s Nonproliferation Summer School gave me a taste of the subject then a master’s degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) was a gateway to the world of multilateral diplomacy and international organizations working in the field of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. In Monterey I received world-class training in nuclear policy issues, which allowed me to join the CTBTO at the professional level with minimal adjustment time. The practical focus of curricula at MIIS enabled me to contribute to solving challenges facing the CTBTO from day one of my work. Although I had to choose between continuing my studies at MGIMO and going to Monterey, with the new PIR Center-MGIMO-Monterey dual degree program there is no need to compromise anymore. The joint degree will provide an opportunity for students studying in Russia to benefit from experience of all three partners”
 

Sarah Bidgood

MANPTS ’16, graduate of the PIR Center School on Global Security 

Participating in the PIR Center’s Security School was a truly unique opportunity. Not only was it a chance for me to learn about the Russian perspective on issues critical to global security, but it allowed me to interact on a personal level with Russian and Russian-speaking peers. My fellow participants could not have been more welcoming or more interested in my opinion on the current state of affairs. The lasting friendships I cultivated on the trip give me hope that my generation will be able to overcome diplomatic tensions and work cooperatively together in our future careers. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity.
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