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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.

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“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. 

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.

Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy of the Russian Federation

“Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy of the Russian Federation”

 

(2 credits)

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

The course instructors: Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Dr. Ildar Akhtamzyan.

 

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

 

The course “Foreign & Security Policy on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the Russian Federation” aims at providing knowledge on the role that nuclear nonproliferation and arms control has been playing in the foreign policy of the Soviet Union and, later on, of the Russian Federation starting from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) was signed in 1968 and until the current period. The course also covers a broader dimension of the nuclear-related policy of the Russian Federation as it is not limited to foreign policy but also addresses defense and security policy. The course puts Russian nonproliferation policy in a broader context of contemporary foreign and security policy.

 

The course, therefore, has two dimensions.

 

The first one, historic, addresses the issues in their chronological development and in four phases: 1) Soviet period 1968-1991; 2) Disintegration of the Soviet Union and transitional period 1991 – 1992; 3) The initial period of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation on nuclear nonproliferation 1992 – 1998; 4) The current period of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation on nuclear nonproliferation 1999 – to date.

 

The second dimension addresses the main areas of the Russian nonproliferation policy, including major problems and challenges as well as priority geographical areas relevant to the course.

 

1.2. The course goals and objectives:

The main goal of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge of the nuclear nonproliferation policy of the Russian Federation as a nuclear-weapon state reflecting its development and continuity as well as challenges it faces in the global security context.

 

Course objectives are as follows:

  1. To introduce Russian nuclear nonproliferation policy, in a broader context of Russian foreign and security policy.
  2. To orient students to understand the role of nuclear weapons in Russia’s doctrinal documents (military doctrine, national security strategy, and foreign policy concept) and in defense policy planning.
  3. To provide students with case studies of Russian nonproliferation policy vis-à-vis various regions of the world.

 

 

 

1.3.  Learning outcomes:

Classes are generally held to promote discussion on issues concerned.

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 concepts of nuclear nonproliferation and role of nuclear weapons to Russian nonproliferation policy.
  2.  Provide comparative analysis of the phases of the Soviet/Russian nuclear nonproliferation policy.
  3. Provide comparative analysis of nuclear nonproliferation policies of nuclear-weapon states (Russia, United States, China, U.K., and France)
  4.  Assess the efficiencies and deficiencies of the existing frameworks of Russian foreign policy in the context of nuclear nonproliferation.
  5.  Give reasons to the prospects of arжms control.
  6.  Search literature on Russian nonproliferation policy, distinguish between reliable and non-reliable internet resources on the issue.

 

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. Average assessment will consist of three parts. First part is derived from students’ class active participation to assess their familiarity with the course material, including lectures and readings. Second part is the assessment of students’ participation in seminar discussions. Third part consists of preparation of essay and its presentation by students. If the student receives ≥ 70% average points, he/she passes the final test automatically. If the average points are <70%, the student passes the final test orally.

1.5.  Grading plan:

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

 

Max

Class active participation

100

Seminars

100

Essay and its presentation

100

Average:

100

 

Course outline & Literature (available in pdf)


Lecture 1.1. October 2, 2018. Foreign and security policy of the Russian Federation: understanding the priorities and threat perceptions (1).

Lecture 1.2. October 2, 2018. Foreign and security policy of the Russian Federation: understanding the priorities and threat perceptions (2).

Lecture 2.1. October 16, 2018. Soviet Nuclear Nonproliferation History 1945 - 1991.

Lecture 2.1. October 16, 2018. Russian Nuclear Nonproliferation History 1992 - 2018.

Seminar 2.1. October 16, 2018. Position of the Russian Federation on issues pertaining to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

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