Chronology

The Treaty between the U.S. and the USSR on the Limitation of Underground Nuclear Weapon Tests and the Treaty between the USSR and the U.S. on Underground Nuclear Explosions for Peaceful Purposes come into force.
11.12.1990
The South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty (the Treaty of Rarotonga) enters into force.
11.12.1986
Additional Protocols I and II to the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America (Tlatelolco Treaty) come into force for Great Britain.
11.12.1969

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10.12.2019

“Although I try to remain optimistic about the possibility of Russian-American dialogue in preparation for and during the NPT 2020 Review Conference ... I am becoming more and more skeptical, even worried and disappointed with how events are developing. In such difficult times, it is especially important to generate constructive and positive ideas, and I look forward to welcome them from the young generation of experts”, – PIR Center Director Vladimir Orlov.

09.12.2019

“Russian vision and decisions on the issues of arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation remain very pragmatic. We do not feel constrained by traditional formats and diplomatic protocol. On the contrary, we strongly believe that they are the best way to resolve the issues of today and probably of tomorrow”, – Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov for PIR Center "Open Collar" Project image
05.12.2019

“Get in your favourite car and drive, wherever the road takes you”, – Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. 

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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