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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
16.06.1999

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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. 

New Challenges to Nonprolifiration Regime

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. Students will also be required to participate in seminar discussions and to present written test.

Presentations (requirements):

1.1      Grading plan:

  •  Class participation – 25 %.
  •  Seminar presentation and activity – 25 %.
  •  Final test – 50 %.

TOPIC 1. INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR SAFETY AND SECURITY

November 21, Monday. 17.35 – 19.05

Lecture 1.1. Introduction to Nuclear Safety and Security

 

Dr. Alexey Ubeev

Summary: Describe the definitions, common and different aspects for nuclear and radiation safety and security. Threats and risks. Seeking the synergy between safety and security. State’s responsibility for nuclear security regime. Competent national authorities for nuclear security and coordination.

Essential Readings

 

 

General Readings

Web resources

 

 

TOPIC 2. FROM PHYSICAL PROTECTION TO NUCLEAR SECURITY

November 21, Monday. 19.15 – 20.45

Lecture 2.1. From Physical Protection to Nuclear Security

Prof. Alexander Izmailov

Dr. Alexey Ubeev

  • Summary: Main principles and objectives of physical protection of nuclear materials and nuclear facilities, comprehensive approach to nuclear security: cyber security, nuclear security culture, etc. Russian experience.

Essential Readings

 

 

General Readings

 

 

Web resources

 

Topic 3. INTERNATIONAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR NUCLEAR SECURITY

November 28, Monday. 17.35 – 19.05

Lecture 3.1. International Legal Framework for Nuclear Security

 

Alexey Ubeev

Summary: Overview of binding and non-binding legal documents dealing with nuclear security. CPPNM and its 2005 Amendment, entry into force and implementation. Recommendations INFCIRC 225/Rev.5: scope and implementation. IAEA Nuclear Security Series.

Essential Readings

 

General Readings

 

 

Web resources

 

November 28, Monday. 19.15 – 20.45

Seminar 3.2. International Legal Framework for Nuclear Security

  • Alexey Ubeev

Main questions of the seminar: Discussion on conventions, recommendations and other legal documents governing nuclear security on international and national levels. Short presentations of participants on the subject.

Essential Readings

 

General Readings

 

 

Web resources

 

Topic 4. NUCLEAR AND RADIOLOGICAL TERRORISM: THREATS AND RESPONSES

December 5, Monday. 17.35 – 19.05

Lecture 4.1. Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism: Threats and Responses

Dr. Alexey Ubeev

Summary: Identification of threats, measures to protect, detect nuclear and other radioactive materials within or out of regulatory control during the use, storage and transport. Combat illicit trafficking. Response to malicious acts. Emergencies. International cooperation and initiatives to combat nuclear terrorism. UN SC Resolution 1540. Global Initiative to combat nuclear terrorism (GICNT).

Essential Readings

 

General Readings

  • William H. Tobey, Pavel S. Zolotarev. The Nuclear Terrorism Threat. Presentation, Meeting of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit Sherpas, Thailand, 2014

 

Web resources

 

 

December 5, Monday. 19.15 – 20.45

Seminar 4.2. Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism: Threats and Responses

 

Dr. Alexey Ubeev

Summary: Participants would make short presentations on the subject and with instructor discuss the issue. Practical exercise on threat assessment.

 

Essential Readings

 

General Readings

 

Web resources

 

Topic 5. NUCLEAR SECURITY SUMMITS: LESSONS LEARNED

December 12, Monday. 17.35 – 19.05

Lecture 5.1. Nuclear Security Summits: Lessons Learned

Dr. Alexey Ubeev

Summary: Background and actualities of Nuclear Security Summits. Moscow 1996 G8 Nuclear Safety and Security Summit. NS Summits 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 - Brief comments on results. What’s next? Russian approach.

Essential Readings

 

General Readings

 

Web resources

Topic 6. IAEA'S SAFEGUARDS SYSTEM: NEW DIRECTIONS FOR 21ST CENTURY

December 12, Monday. 19.15 – 20.45

Lecture 6.1. IAEA's Safeguards System: New Directions for 21st Century

Dr. Alexey Ubeev

Summary: Introduction to IAEA Safeguards system: background, approaches, types of SG agreements, verification technical measures and tools. Planning, conducting and evaluating safeguards activities. IAEA safeguards as an essential component of the international security system. How it serves for Nonproliferation goals. Optimizing IAEA Safeguards.

Essential Readings

 

  • Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol. IAEA INFCIRC 153 (corrected), INFCIRC 540 (corrected).

General Readings

 

Web resources

 

 

December 19, Monday. 17.35 – 19.05

Seminar 6.2. IAEA's Safeguards System: New Directions for 21st Century

Dr. Alexey Ubeev

Summary: Discussion on different types of Safeguards Agreements: scopes and implementation. Short participant’s presentation on this matter.

Optimization of verification measures.

Essential Readings

  • Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol. IAEA INFCIRC 153 (corrected), INFCIRC 540 (corrected).

 

 

General Readings

 

Web resources

 

Final Test

 

Examples of questions

 

  1. 1.      What do the IAEA Safeguards serve for?

 

  1. Verification that nuclear facilities are not misused and nuclear material is not diverted from peaceful uses
  2. Guarantee of safe and secure use of nuclear energy
  3. Legal backing for new NPPs construction
  4. All of the above

 

  1. 2.      Nuclear security by the IAEA definition is:

 

  1. Prevention and detection of, and response to, theft, sabotage, unauthorized access, illegal transfer or other malicious acts involving nuclear material, other radioactive substances or their associated facilities
  2. Achievement of proper operating conditions, prevention of accidents and mitigation of accident consequences, resulting in protection of workers, the public and the environment from undue radiation hazards
  3. None of the above
  4. Both 1 and 2

 

 

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