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PIR Center in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs holds the seminar on "The Future of Reductions in Nuclear Arsenals: is it Possible to Reduce the Role of Nuclear Weapons?" 20.09.2012

September 20, 2012

 The key issues of the seminar:

  • The dynamics of nuclear doctrines of nuclear-weapon-states;
  • The impact of the non-nuclear factor (strategic conventional weapons) on the development of nuclear doctrines;
  • Is it possible to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in military doctrines of nuclear-weapon-states?
  • Implementation of the disarmament action plan, adopted by the 2010 NPT Review Conference.


Welcome remarks

  • Dr. Vladimir A. ORLOV, President, PIR Center, Moscow, Russia
  • H.E. Amb. Alexander KMENTT, Director for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vienna, Austria


First Session: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in Russia and Other Nuclear-Weapon-States: Present and Future



  • Academician Alexey G. ARBATOV, Head of the Center for International Security at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow, Russia
  • H.E. Amb. Alexander KMENTT, Director for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vienna, Austria
  • Evgeny Y. ILIN, Executive Deputy Chief of the Main Department for International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia.
  • Andrey V. KUZNETSOV, Head of the Department for Military-Strategic Problems, Department for Security and Disarmament Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia
  • Evgeny V. SAVOSTYANOV, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Russian-American Convergence, Moscow, Russia


  • Evgeny P. MASLIN, Colonel-General (ret.), Member of the PIR Center Executive Board, Moscow, Russia
  • Alexander S. KOLBIN, “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Coordinator, Moscow, Russia


Q&A Session




Coffee Break




Second Session: Strategic Conventional Weapon and its Impact on the Role and Place of Nuclear Weapons



  • Dr. Eugene V. MIASNIKOV, Director, the Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies, Moscow, Russia
  • Dr. Alexander V. RADCHUK, Advisor to the Chief of General Staff, Russian Armed Forces, Moscow, Russia


  • Dr. Eugene P. BUZHINSKY, Lietenant-General (reserve), Senior Vice-President, PIR Center, Moscow, Russia


Q&A Session




Closing Remarks



Buffet Supper



Materials of the previous seminar took place within the frameworks of the "Ways Towards Nuclear Disarmament" Project on "Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament: Ideas from Russia, Ideas for Russia" which took place in Vienna, Austria on May 8th 2012 are available here.