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Additional Protocol I to the Tlatelolco Treaty comes into force for France.
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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 President's Memo from August 31, 2014

31 August, 2014, Moscow. PIR PRESS. Earlier today, PIR Center's President Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov sent a memo to PIR Center's staff, alimni, and friends, informing them about his decision to conclude his duties as PIR Center's CEO. The key points of this memo follow:

"Some changes in PIR Center’s leadership will become effective as soon as September 1.

"This, however, will be a gradual procedure to provide the smoothest transition possible, to be fully completed only in six months from now. Even then, it is my intention to keep my positions at PIR Center's Executive Board and journal's Editorial Board, if not objected by other Board members, as well at the Trialogue Club International. It will be up to the Board to shape the details of this transition procedure, and I am committed to start working as soon as today together with other Board members on it, providing my recommendations and sharing my experience.

"It is in my plans that this transition period, when completed, should be followed by my fixed-term consultancy position with PIR Center on a specific project and a sabbatical.

"My decision is not spontaneous indeed and is largely explained by a simple fact that I spent twenty years - and already more than twenty years… that is two decades of my life - devoted to one organization, PIR. Being the "founding father" brings certain privileges, but also a risk of repeating yourself. I have always seen PIR development as my responsibility, but never as a life-long commitment. Now, when PIR has matured and got worldwide recognition and unquestionably high reputation, it is time for me to go further.   

"In a month from now, on October 4, all friends and alumni of PIR Center will have an opportunity to celebrate its 20th anniversary at a special ceremony in Moscow. I will be more than happy if, in the coming six months of transition, we will combine the festive mood with the business-as-usual mode, looking creatively into the future. I am grateful to those friends who have expressed their understanding of my decision and have provided strong commitment and support to PIR Center’s young and energetic team. This team deserves to be trusted and supported. It is this young team that is the source of PIR Center’s further creativity, dynamism, and development. 

  

Vladimir Orlov...

and for many of you - Volodya

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