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Head of the Soviet delegation in the UN Atomic Energy Commission A.A. Gromyko introduces a draft convention on the prohibition and elimination of atomic weapons within three months.
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12.05.2019

“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.

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.

About the Program

Our Aim

The program prepares students for professional careers in the nonproliferation field in national governments, international organizations, academia, think tanks, and the private sector. The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on global security, history, science and technology, area studies, public policy, and research methods—with a particular emphasis on practical skills.

 

Intended Outcomes

The program will provide students with essential competencies:

● advanced knowledge of WMD nonproliferation regimes, both global and regional

● knowledge about peaceful uses of nuclear energy and how to minimize potential proliferation risks

● familiarity with best practices in nuclear and WMD security

● knowledge of arms control and disarmament

● knowledge of terrorism and tools for countering it

● quantitative analysis skills

● foreign language skills

● strong practical skills from internship opportunities in Moscow, Monterey, Washington, D.C., Geneva, and Vienna

 

Unique Courses and Program Structure

Students will take classes at MGIMO in Moscow in the fall semester of the first year. They will take classes at MIIS in Monterey in the second and third semesters (spring of the first year and fall of the second year). The fourth and final semester will be devoted to an internship and thesis preparation, with the student’s location determined on a case-by-case basis. The total workload of the program is 120 ECTS credits (60 U.S. credits), including classes and internships, as well as preparation and defense of a master’s thesis. All courses are delivered in English. However, native English speakers will also study Russian or another language.

 

Dual Degree

The graduates are awarded two master’s degrees: one from the Middlebury Institute with a degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies (MANPTS) and the other from MGIMO University with a degree in international affairs.

 

Semesters One and Four at MGIMO

International Affairs (60 ECTS)

 

First Year, Fall

September–December

(30 ECTS)

January

● Core Courses

● Elective Courses

● Research Work

Exams

    

Second Year, Spring

February–May (30 ECTS)

June

Internship

● Thesis Research Work

● Final Exam

● Thesis Defense


Core Courses

● International Security and Global Issues

● Modern Strategy of the Russian Foreign Policy

● Methodology of Research and International Analysis

● International Organizations and Multilateral Regulation of WMD Nonproliferation

● History of Nuclear Programs and WMD Nonproliferation Regimes

● Great Powers and Regional Subsystems in World Politics

● Introduction to Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime and Current Global Developments

● Theory and Practice of Negotiations in the Sphere of WMD Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament

● Regional Challenges to WMD Nonproliferation (Middle East, South and East Asia, Pacific)

Foreign Language


Elective Courses

● Russian Foreign and Security Policy on WMD Nonproliferation

● Modern International Conflicts and Peacekeeping—post-Soviet Space and Asia Pacific Region

● New Challenges to Nonproliferation Regimes

● Missile and Missile Technologies Proliferation

● International Cooperation in Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Nonproliferation

● Militarization of New Spaces

● Modern Arms Control Issues

● Nuclear Weapon-Free Zones


Semesters Two and Three at MIIS:

Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (60 ECTS)


First Year, Spring

Second Year, Fall

Late January–May (30 ECTS)

Late August–December (30 ECTS)

● Core Courses

● Elective Courses

● Research Work

● Core Courses

● Elective Courses

● Research Work

 

Core Courses

Foreign Language

● Introduction to WMD Nonproliferation

● Introduction to Terrorism Studies

● Science and Technology for NPTS


Elective Courses

U.S. National Security Policy Making

● NPT Simulation

● Open Source Tools for NP Analysis

● Evolution of Chinese Nuclear Policy

● Seminar: Counterterrorism

● Seminar: Nuclear Forensics

● Seminar: CBRN Terrorism

● Security and Arms Control in Northeast Asia

● Quantitative Data Analysis

● The Nuclear Age: An Historical Introduction

● Cybersecurity Aspects of Nuclear Security

● Israel and the Bomb

● Seminar: Deterring and Influencing Terrorism and WMD

● Seminar: Strategic Trade Controls and Nonproliferation

● Seminar: WMD Proliferation in the Middle East

● Seminar: Biological and Chemical Weapons and Arms Control

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