"In essence, negotiations are the basis of all diplomacy. After all, one of the main tasks of a diplomat, whether at the actual negotiations or when working at the embassy, is to agree on some mutually acceptable things with their foreign partners. This is the fundamental difference between the profession of a diplomat and the profession of a military man. A military man with a weapon in his hands achieves the task by force, and a diplomat  by finding a compromise,"  Yuri Nazarkin, Professor and Honorary Doctor (honoris causa) at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations.


Today, on March 12, Amb. Yuri Nazarkin, member of PIR Center’s Advisory Board, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR and Russia, Professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, is celebrating his anniversary.


“At the time of confrontation between the United States and Russia, two summits – one in Geneva in 1985, and the other one in Reykjavik in 1986 – helped to change the atmosphere. Neither resulted in specific agreements, but they turned the developments for the better. Although President Trump is facing strong domestic pressure against any meetings with President Putin, this channel of communication should be maintained,” – Amb. Yuri Nazarkin, Professor of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Member of Centre russe d’etudes politiques.

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Name: Nazarkin, Yuri K.
City: Switzerland
Position: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (retired), Professor and Honorary Doctor (honoris causa) at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR and Russia (retired), is a well-known diplomat with many years of expertise on disarmament issues. Between 1956 and 1992, he worked at the system of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR / Russia, throughout roughly two decades – on issues of disarmament and nuclear nonproliferation. Yuri Nazarkin contributed actively to drafting the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), the Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea-Bed and the Ocean Floor and in the Subsoil Thereof (also known as the Seabed Arms Control Treaty), etc. In the period from 1987 to 1989, he acted as Representative of the USSR to the Conference on Disarmament. Also, he negotiated the draft of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Ambassador Nazarkin was a head of the delegation of the USSR during the US-Soviet negotiations leading to the conclusion of the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-1 Treaty). In 1992-1995, Yuri Nazarkin served as Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. Since 1996, after retiring, he has been engaged in teaching activities: currently he is a Professor and Honorary Doctor (honoris causa) at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations; he also was a Professor at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). Ambassador Nazarkin was an honorary member of the Centre russe d'etudes politiques (2006-2021). A member of PIR Center’s Advisory Board since 2021.

List of publications for PIR Center:

1. Negotiations of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Yuri Nazarkin. Chapter 8. PIR Center monograph “Russian-American Dialogue on Nuclear Nonproliferation: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward”. – M.: Ves` Mir ; PIR Center ; PIR Press, 2021 – 460 pp.

2. Arms control agenda remains valid until next U.S.-Russia summitYuri Nazarkin. Working Group on Strategic Stability and De-escalation in US-Russian Relations, 2017.

3. Civilian control over the Armed Forces in Russia: history and prospects. Yuri Nazarkin. No. 3 (77), autumn 2005, p. 113.

4. Treaty on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms. Yuri Nazarkin. No. 6 (60), November–December 2001, p. 65.

Other publications:

Biographical book On diplomatic routine and other stories


90th anniversary of Amb. Yuri Nazarkin

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