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03.04.2020

“In addition to obvious public health consequences, the epidemic of the novel coronavirus in Iran could affect the implementation of the IAEA safeguards agreements. In his article for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Professor George M. Moore of the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey warns: Iranian authorities may restrict the access of IAEA inspectors to the country under the pretext of combating the spread of infection. Although the IAEA assures that the inspections at nuclear facilities in Iran are carried out in full, the risks, according to Moore, are extremely high. In the absence of convincing information from the sites themselves, the international community (primarily Israel and the United States) will proceed from the most pessimistic scenarios for the development of the Iranian nuclear program” - this is the leitmotiv of the 521st issue of Yaderny Kontrol.

31.03.2020

On March 12, 2020, a workshop “50 Years after Ratification of the NPT by the Soviet Union and its Entry into Force: Lessons Learned and Prospects for Strengthening of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime” took place. The event was co-sponsored by the PIR Center and the Institute of Contemporary International Studies (ICIS) at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian MFA.

30.03.2020

The Anniversary XX PIR Center International School on Global Security 2020 extends applications deadline to April 13. The School will take place from 6 to 14 June in Zvenigorod, Moscow region.

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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