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China and Russia issued a joint statement that the creation of a global missile defense system does not contribute to maintaining strategic balance and stability
23.05.2008
Tenex and the China Atomic Energy Corporation signed a contract for the construction of phase IV of the uranium enrichment in Hanzhong
23.05.2008
The Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and the USA sign a protocol to the treaty between the USA and the USSR on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, also known as the Lisbon Protocol
23.05.1992

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08.05.2019

On May 2, more than 40 friends and partners of the PIR Center gathered at the Permanent Mission of Russia to the UN. Among them were heads and high representatives of delegations participating in the third session of the Preparatory Committee of the NPT Review Conference, the world's largest experts in the field of non-proliferation, graduates of PIR Center programs working in New York, young scientists and master students of double degree in the field of non-proliferation.

30.04.2019

"Can it really be true that PIR Center is a quarter of a century old today? It would be a great occasion for a grand celebration, wouldn’t it. But I still cannot quite believe it.

When me and a tiny team of my associates were establishing PIR Center in the spring of 1994, working in a small room on the corner of Tverskaya Ulitsa and Strastny Boulevard overlooking the Pushkin statue in the very heart of Moscow, I could hardly imagine that this great institution would live long enough to see the new century and indeed the new millennium. If someone told me back at the time that it would mark its 25th anniversary in Moscow, Geneva and New York, or that greetings would be pouring in from all over the world to what is now a highly reputable international nongovernmental organization, I probably wouldn’t believe them. After all, how many fly-by-night NGOs have we all seen over the years – here today, gone tomorrow?," Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center Founder.

25.04.2019

"Today a member of the PIR Center Executive Board, a member of the IMEMO (Institute of World Economy and International Relations) Directorate, Army General, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Hero of Russia Vyacheslav Trubnikov celebrates his 75th birthday. Vyacheslav Ivanovich, having reached the greatest heights of public service, you remained open to new ideas, plans and actions. We are happy to work with you for almost ten years! You are a source of soft, but mighty and attracting power, which is especially important in relations with the new generation of specialists – those who will construct a new world. Many well-known and beginning diplomats and military men, scientists and journalists throughout Eurasia are grateful for your inspiration and support, for your wise and precise judgement. We wish you good health, optimism and high spirits! We look forward to new meetings with you! Keep it up!" – PIR Center Director Albert Zulkharneev. 

Introduction to Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

Introduction to Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

(2 credits)

The course program developed by Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, PIR Center, 2018.

The course instructor: Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, with participation of Dr. Bruce Allyn, Ms. Cynthia Lazaroff, Mr. Adlan Margoev

 

1.1     The place and role of the course in the program of study:

The course “Introduction to Nuclear Nonproliferation” aims at providing knowledge on international nonproliferation regime of nuclear weapons as a complex system within the global security context. It is an introduction to the whole system of nuclear nonproliferation-related treaties, agreements, and arrangements, providing both basic definitions and major issues for discussion. The course introduces contemporary vision of nuclear proliferation as the key threat to global security of the 21th century and provides comparative analysis of different types of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical, and biological, as well as their means of delivery.

The course goals and objectives:

The main goal of the course is to provide students with definition of nuclear nonproliferation and with basic knowledge of key elements of the international nuclear nonproliferation regime and its major problems.

Course objectives:

  1. To introduce basic concepts and theories in nuclear nonproliferation studies.
  2. To orient students to understand the structure of emerging complex system of nuclear nonproliferation regime, in particular, related to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).
  3. To provide students with methodology of applied political analysis of the current nuclear nonproliferation issues.

1.2     Learning outcomes:

Classes are generally held to promote discussion on contested security questions.

Teaching methods used include lectures, consultations, seminars discussions and students’ seminar presentations.

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply basic theoretical approaches to nuclear nonproliferation in explaining current security situations.
  2. Understand why nuclear proliferation is considered the key threat to global security in the 21st century
  3. Assess the efficiencies and deficiencies of the existing political and legal frameworks of nuclear nonproliferation.
  4.  Give reasons to the prospects of nuclear nonproliferation regime
  5. Search literature on nuclear nonproliferation issues, distinguish between authoritative and unreliable sources on these issues.

 

Course requirements:

Students will be required to attend no less than 90% of classes and to be prepared for class discussions. Conscientious reading of the assigned materials is compulsory. All students are required to participate in seminar discussions. All students will have two provisional oral tests during the course to assess (provisionally) their familiarity with the course material, including lectures and readings. These tests will be implemented in the format of debates and simulations.  Students will also be required to prepare one presentation and to present in due time.

Students of the WMD Nonproliferation program take final oral exam.

Grading plan:  

WMD Nonproliferation program

 

Max

Class active participation (15 classes*2 points)

30

Presentation

20

Oral exam

50

Total:

100

 

Lecturer has a right to assign additional 10 points at his discretion.

Presentations (requirements): 10 min oral presentation accompanied with Power Point presentation. 

Requirements for the simulations and debates will be distributed separately 2 weeks in advance. If participating students have any questions about these requirements, they should consult with the instructor.

 

Course outline & Literature (available in pdf)

 

Slides in pdf

Lecture 1. September 12, 2018. Weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems: the basics 

Lecture 2. September 12, 2018. Basic concepts in nuclear nonproliferation studies. Review of leading international institutions dealing with nonproliferation

Lecture 3. September 19, 2018. Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (1968) and its role in global security architecture 

Lecture 4-5. September 26, 2018. Evolution of the nuclear nonproliferation regime: 1960s - 2010s

Role Play Simulation. October 3, 2018. Cuban Missile Crisis and Use of Nuclear Weapons

Lecture 6. October 10, 2018. NPT review process. NPT extension (1995). Major decisions of the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference. NPT review conferences of 2000, 2005, and 2010

Lecture 7. October 10, 2018. NPT review process. NPT review conference of 2015. NPT review process  in 2017-2018 and prospects for 2019

Lecture 8. October 17, 2018. Contemporary problems facing the nuclear nonproliferation regime

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