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The agreement between the U.S. and the Russian Federation "Concerning the Safe Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and the Prevention of Weapons Proliferation" was extended for seven years
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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. 

International Conference “Emerging Technologies and Global Security: an Agenda for the 21st Century”

 


On September 29, 2016 an International conference “Emerging Technologies and Global Security: an Agenda for the 21st Century” will take place in Moscow.

The rapid development and increasingly common use of information and communications, aerospace, and nuclear technologies create new opportunities to solve social and economic problems, expanding access to energy, information and knowledge. At the same time, the use of emerging technologies for destructive purposes leads to an exacerbation of old threats, as well as to the emergence of the new ones. The creation of new types of weapons that are regulated neither by bilateral nor by multilateral agreements can trigger another arms race.

The aggravation of political relations between Russia and Western countries became an obstacle in the search for optimal solutions. A dialogue on the issues of global security might be an effective to reconstruct the cooperation.

 

Conference Goals and Objectives:

- To advance new initiatives that would bring together different approaches and develop measures to reduce the risk of using emerging technologies, as well as to increase their beneficial uses in the interest of development and global security

- To restore and further develop the dialogue between experts from Russia, the West and other countries on emerging threats and challenges to global security

- To join efforts of the private sector, expert and political communities to come up with the optimal balance between the opportunities and risks of the use of emerging technologies, along with their impact on global security

- To engage young experts in the discussion on the pressing security issues.

   

Participants

PIR Center and the Diplomatic Academy will bring together more than 100 Russian and foreign experts, representing different professional communities and ready to work together on broadening opportunities and reducing the risks of using emerging technologies for ensuring global security. Participants of PIR Center’s International School on Global Security will also take part in the conference.

   

Tentative agenda of the Conference

- Global security and international law within the spheres of emerging technology and political reality

- Challenges to international law: traditional and new tools of regulation

 

Panel 1. Prospects for international cooperation in nuclear energy, nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security

- How could we deal with the trend of decreasing efficiency of the current multilateral diplomacy formats in the field of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament?

- What kind of nuclear security regime do we need to effectively counter the terrorist threat?

- How can we guarantee the protection of the critical nuclear infrastructure against cyber attacks?

- What role could the nuclear industry play in the development of the nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security regime?


Panel 2. The role of the government and private sector in the protection of critical infrastructures from global cyber threats

- What are the effective possibilities and limits of international cooperation to secure the information security of critical infrastructures?

- Is it possible to create an international classification of critical infrastructures to enhance the practical effects of international teamwork?

- What is the role of the private sector in the development and implementation of protection standards of critical infrastructures from ICT challenges?

 

Panel 3. Prevention of the placement of weapons in outer space, the threat or use of force against outer space objects – from words to deeds

- How big of a threat does military action in outer space pose for peaceful space activities?

- What kind of legal standards should be in place to enforce/maintain the peaceful nature of outer space?

- How can we ensure the prohibition of the use of force against objects in space, considering the possibility of dual usage of facilities and technologies?

- Are verification mechanisms necessary for the effective implementation of legal standards in outer space?

 

Panel 4. Lethal autonomous weapon systems – myth or real possibilities and threats – political and legal issues

- Robot arms control – security concern or endeavor to limit the competitors?

- Agreeing upon the terms: autonomy, autonomous and automatic systems, lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS), artificial intelligence and other concepts in the domain of regulating the proliferation of LAWS, LAWS classification

- Are there enough tools of international humanitarian law to control LAWS? Does IHL provide the Meaningful human control?

- Safety matters: risks of potential incidents, terrorists’ use of LAWS

 

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Contact information:

Director of PIR Center's Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation Program: Andrey Baklitskiy

E-mail: baklitsky at pircenter.org

Tel: +7 (499) 940 09 83

 

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