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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.

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. 

PIR Center Founder's Memo from April 30, 2015

Moscow, April 30, 2015. I concluded my work as PIR Center's Director/CEO. New Director appointed. More below.

Eight months ago, I informed my colleague at PIR Center and all the friends and partners of our institute about my decision to terminate my work at PIR Center as its CEO. In my statement made in August 2014, I promised that the transition period would be smooth and with no unnecessary rush.

As you are aware of, I continued my work as PIR Center’s Director throughout all those eight months, dynamically and in business-as-usual style. In parallel to this CEO routine, I was working everyday on a smooth transition, with members of PIR Center’s Executive Board, other friends of PIR Center as my key mentors and guides on this process.

Based on these consultations and advice, on April 14, 2015, I made a written decision to quite as Center’s CEO effective the same day, and called upon members of PIR Center’s Executive Board to support Mr. Albert Farkhatovich Zulkharneev as my candidate for PIR Center’s Director/CEO.

I was happy that the Board, under the chairmanship of Gen. Yevgeny Buzhinsky, supported my initiative, and on Albert was appointed as PIR Center’s new Director/CEO for the five-year term, in compliance with PIR Center’s Statute. This decision took effect on April 15, 2015.

On my side, I followed the requests of Board members to stay at PIR Center, at least in the near-term future, in order to provide continuity. Consequently, I started working at PIR at a new position, as a Special Advisor. I also remain a member of PIR Executive Board.

I would like to use this opportunity to welcome Albert at this new position and congratulate him with the Board’s decision. I highly value Albert’s contribution to PIR Center’s development and success during those eight years he has been with our organization. Albert started as an intern and junior researcher, coming to Moscow from a highly reputed university in the Ural Mountains, made great progress with educational programs as their director, and, in recent two years, served as executive director of PIR Center. He was my right hand when accelerating the progress or when meeting tough challenges was needed. In any situation, Albert always behaved with wisdom, energy, and sense of responsibility. He has grown professionally in PIR Center and with it. He knows our organization. He has the vision on how to move it on – and his speech on PIR Center’s strategy for 2015-2020 made in Abramtsevo late last year just proved it. I am certain and hopeful – that all PIR Center’s friends across the globe will be supportive to Albert in future steps.

I departed PIR Center’s Director/CEO position in a positive mood and with numerous plans. Some of them are closely linked to PIR Center, while others are not. An important part of my professional career, and of my life – 20+ years! – is over.

I am proud that I founded PIR Center in April 1994. I am happy that I pass a solid legacy of a unique Russian think-tank to Albert and my other younger Russian colleagues. I have no intention to influence decision making at PIR Center from now on. I am open to change at PIR Center, to new ideas, to experimenting - as I know that this is a sustainable organization. And I am honored to be part of PIR Center’s Community – great to see it growing!

V. Orlov

PIR Center's Founder 

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