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23.09.2019

Students of the fourth cohort of the dual degree master program WMD Nonproliferation, Nuclear Policy and Global Security, which is run jointly by The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and PIR Center, started their studies at MGIMO University in September.

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.

Regional challenges to WMD Nonproliferation

 

«Regional challenges to WMD Nonproliferation»

 

The course instructors: Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Amb. Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Mr. Oleg V. Rozhkov, Dr. Alexander V. Vorontsov, Dr. Ildar Akhtamzyan, Mr. Adlan Margoev

(2 CREDITS)

1. Course description

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

The course “Regional challenges to WMD Nonproliferation” aims at providing students with a comprehensive vision of the current regional challenges to the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

WMD nonproliferation regime covers nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; its legal base is formed by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).

Despite the global nature of the regime, the interests and actions of particular nation states support or undermine the WMD nonproliferation in different parts of the world. With WMD still seen as a viable means of deterrence, possession of this kind of weapons often triggered “domino effects”, when neighboring states tried to balance the capabilities of their peers symmetrically or asymmetrically. Such regional systems, covering several states and invoking different types of WMD, proved extremely difficult to dismantle.

The course will provide knowledge and discussion on key modern challenges to WMD nonproliferation in regional context.

 

1.2 The course objectives:

The main goal of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge of the regional aspects of the WMD nonproliferation, including:

· To introduce basic definitions, concepts, history, current state and institutional structure of WMD nonproliferation regime in the regional context.

· To provide students with the overview of the main regions of concern from the nonproliferation point of view and the case studies of national WMD programs.

· To orient students to understand the interconnection between the WMD programs of the countries of the region, regional and global security.

· To provide students with methodology of analysis of the regional WMD proliferation risks.

 

1.3 Learning outcomes:

Classes are generally held to provide information and methodology necessary for independent analysis and discussion on the covered topics.

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

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

1. Identify main regions of concern from the WMD nonproliferation point of view, key countries involved and the most pressing issues.

2. Understand the interconnection between national WMD programs in the regional setting, regional and global security situation.

3. Assess the possibilities to counter the WMD proliferation in the South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East.

4. Analyze the current state of US-Russian nonproliferation and arms control relations/dialogue and participate in a series of interactive discussions on this subject, either in oral or in written format, or both (optional)

5. Analyze the prospects for regional WMD disarmament.

6. Search information and literature on WMD nonproliferation issues; distinguish between authoritative and unreliable sources.

 

1.4 Course requirements:

Students will be required to attend not 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 and round table discussions during the course to demonstrate their familiarity with the course material, including lectures and readings. Students will also be required to prepare one presentation with power-point slides and to present it in due time. All students will be assessed by their participation in Online Seminar on U.S.-Russian Dialogue on the NPT Review Process.

Students of the WMD Nonproliferation program take final oral exam.

1.5 Grading plan:

To get «А» (“excellent”) student should get 90-100 points

 

Max

Class active participation

100

Seminars

100

Online Seminar

100

Average:

100

 

 Course outline & Literature (available in pdf)

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