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Interview with Evgeny Buzhinskiy, a retired Russian lieutenant-general, Ph.D. Military Sciences, chairman of the Executive Board of PIR Center, about the first successful test of the new intercontinental ballistic missile RS-28 Sarmat on April 20 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

 

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Interview with Evgeny Buzhinskiy, a retired Russian lieutenant-general, Ph.D. Military Sciences, chairman of the Executive Board of PIR Center, about the first combat use by Russia of the Kinzhal hypersonic missile at the ammunition depot of the Ukrainian army in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.

 

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PIR Center conducted an interview with Nikolay Spassky, Deputy General Director-Director of the International Activities Unit of the state Corporation Rosatom. We discussed aspects of Russian-Iranian cooperation in the framework of the JCPOA negotiations, as well as the prospects and priorities of ...

For nearly a week, for the first time in nuclear history armed conflict has been underway in a country with operational nuclear power plants, thus creating the potential for catastrophic damage to these nuclear facilities with the real risk of radioactive contamination that could easily be transpor...

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The virtual summit between Presidents Putin and Biden of December 7, 2021, did not address strategic stability and nonproliferation issues in detail as both presidents concentrated on Ukraine-related topics. Yet, strategic stability dialogue and prevention of proliferation of nuclear weapons remain ...

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PIR Center Staff

Baklitskiy, Andrey A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Arms control
Biography :

Consultant at PIR Center, a member of the Deep Cuts Commission and expert at Valdai Club International. He has previously served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, PIR Center «Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation» Program Director and the Editor-in-Chief of monthly e-bulletin “Yaderny Kontrol” (“Nuclear Control”). Mr. Baklitskiy was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2019-2020. He taught courses on nuclear nonproliferation and emerging technologies at the MGIMO University and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He regularly contributes to Russian and international media and has authored numerous articles and reports. Mr. Baklitskiy graduated from the Urals Federal University with a specialist diploma in regional studies. His expertise includes nuclear arms control, nuclear non-proliferation, Iranian nuclear program, and US-Russian strategic relations. 03/22

Chobanian, Egor G. image
City : Ufa
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Coordinator, Information & Publications Program
Biography :

Graduated with honors from St. Petersburg State University (the master's degree in international relations, world politics program) in 2019. Completed internships at PIR Center in 2021, the Russian Public Affairs Committee (Ru-PAC) in America in 2020, the Committee of External Relations of St. Petersburg in 2019, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Russia in 2016, the Representative office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in Ufa (2014). Studied at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea) and Stony Brook University (NY, USA) in 2018 as an international student. Completed the international law program at Cergy-Pontoise University (France) in 2015. Speaks English, French, Armenian and Russian. Author of a number of research papers on the USA, Turkey and Russia, and their impact on regional security. Expertise: problems of regional and international security, the Middle East, foreign policy of Russia, Turkey and Iran. 02/22

Gorbachev, Alexander S. image
City : Tomsk
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Information & Publications Program
Biography :

2nd year student of master's programme European Union Studies at Tomsk State University. Previously graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Relations from TSU. In 2016-2017, participated in a grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR). Author of scientific papers published in the collection of the RSCI (with the support of the RFBR) and in the Russian Economic Bulletin (included in the list of the Higher Attestation Commission and the RSCI database). In 2020, won the Master of TSU Olympiad in the major European Union Studies. In 2021, successfully gave a speech at the international scientific conference Europe after 2020 with the report New aspects of the EU innovation policy in 2021, which later was published in the Tomsk University Press. Specializes in the internal and foreign policy of the European Union, relations between Russia and the EU. He is currently working on a dissertation on the topic EU Innovation Policy. Research interests: the Karabakh conflict and security in the South Caucasus, the Ukrainian crisis, transatlantic relations and the influence of NATO, human rights. 02\22

 

Karnaukhova, Elena A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Assistant to Director on Special Projects & Education and Training Program Coordinator
Biography :

Holds bachelor’s and master’s honours degrees in International Relations with major International Security from the School of World Politics of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2018, 2020). In 2015-2018 was the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper «Non Paper» of the MSU School of World Politics. Since 2020 has been a 2-year post-graduate student and the coordinator of Master program on International Security of the MSU School of World Politics. Interned in State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (2015), Russian Parliamentarian Club (2015), Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation (2017), Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (2016, 2018), Trade Delegation of Russia in the UK (2017, 2018), JSC Russian Export Center. In 2020-2021 worked as an Analyst, International Development, in Russian Export Center. Academic interests: geopolitics in Central Asia, new world order, military-political cooperation, theory of military-political coalitions, arms control, nuclear factor in international relations, international security and Russian foreign policy, applied international analysis. 01/22

 

Kolbin Alexander S. image
City : London
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Tactical nuclear weapons in Europe
Russian nuclear policy
Nuclear disarmament
Arms control
Biography :

Head of Market Expertise Department at VDG. PIR Center Consultant. Until November 2020 - Director for International Organizations Affairs, Volga-Dnepr Group (New York, NY, United States). Until 2018 – Advisor to the President and CEO of the Volga-Dnepr Group. Until 2013 – “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Coordinator, PIR Center Research Fellow. In 2012 – Guest Researcher at the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In 2017 graduated from King’s College London with MA in Non-Proliferation and International Security (with Merit). In 2011 graduated from National Research Tomsk State University with a major in “International Relations”. Winner of the PIR Center’s 2010 Summer School in International Security. 02/22

Kozyulin, Vadim B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant, "Global & Regional Security: New ideas for Russia" Program
Expertise :
Russia-NATO relations
Central Asia
Illegal arms traffic
Military-technical cooperation between Russia and other countries
Cyber security
Arms control
Biography :

In 1990, he graduated from MGIMO University. He worked in the Foreign Ministry of the USSR/Russia, in the Moscow News newspaper. In 2000-2002, he studied Management in the Military-Technical Cooperation course at the Russian Foreign Trade Academy.  Since 1994 he is a Research Fellow at the PIR Center. Head of the Center for Global Studies & International Organizations of the Institute for Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He is a Member of the Expert Council on the International Humanitarian Law of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, participant of the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons Systems (IPRAW), participant of the Russian-American Dartmouth dialogue. He has more than 300 publications on international security issues. His research interests include military artificial intelligence, new weapons systems, arms control, Russia's military-technical cooperation with foreign states, strategic stability, Russia-US and Russia-NATO relations, Central Asia and Afghanistan, and illicit arms trade. 09/20

Kulikova, Anastasia Y. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Education & Training Program
Biography :

Ungraduated student of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (B.A. in International scientific-technological and commercial-industrial cooperation (expected in 2023)). Currently holds the position of coordinator of the IMO youth unit Scientific Diplomacy Club, and is also a member of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Youth Group. Within the events of the Scientific Diplomacy Club, participated in two Models of the UN Security Council in the role of China's representative in 2019 and Vice-President in 2020, as well as in two Models of the NPT Review Conference, representing the interests of France in 2020 and acting as Chairman of the Review Conference in 2021, also took an active part in the Science Diplomacy School in 2019 and 2020. In addition, participates in international scientific conferences, round tables and webinars. In 2020, she became one of the winners of tickets to the event Championing a Nuclear Test Free World, held within the framework of international forum The European Alpbach Forum 2020. In June 2021, successfully completed a 4-week training course Citizen Journalism Academy by Atomic Reporters and CTBT Youth Group, and also participated in the international conference CTBT: Science and Technology 2021, where presented her work (e-poster Science Diplomacy Club: Building Bridges) and served as a journalist covering the conference events (interview with Elena Chernenko, special correspondent from Kommersant Daily Newspaper and Elena Tsyvkunova, Institute of International Relations MEPhI). In October 2021, participated in the round table CTBT at 25 and the Future of the Treaty, organized by the Center for Energy and Security, with the participation of the CTBTO Executive Secretary Robert Floyd. Author of the publication in the Book of abstracts of the international conference CTBT: Science and Technology 2021 MEPhI Science Diplomacy Club: Building Bridges (Book of Abstracts, page 307) (book-of-abstracts.pdf (ctbto.org). Academic interests: global and regional security issues, nuclear policy of the P5 countries, research at the intersection of science and diplomacy, nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and peaceful use of atom. 02\22

Kvartalnov, Artem A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Junior Research Fellow, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

A second-year student of the faculty of international relations, MGIMO University. Graduate student at the School of International Relations of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (2020 – present). In 2020-2021, he completed an internship at PIR Center. Obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the School of Governance and Politics of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (2020). Won the student competition «Higher League» in International Relations (2020, Higher School of Economics, Moscow), the International Youth Competition «Horizon-2100» (2020), the Youth Essay Contest «European security Architecture and the Prospects for its Formation in the Context of Russia-NATO-EU Relations» (2019). In 2019 participated in a study visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons. Attended the 9th Chinese-Russian Summer School on International Relations «Deterring Protectionism and Promoting Diversity in Changing Political Landscape» (Moscow, Higher School of Economics, 2019). In 2019 interned at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Author of the report of Security Index Paper Series. Speaks English, German and Spanish.
Academic interests: international security, arms control, Russia-U.S. relations, European security, identity politics, integration processes. 12/21

Lata, Vasily F. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : PIR Center Consultant, Security Index Editorial Board Member
Expertise :
START Treaty
Missile Defense
Military Use of the Outer Space
Biography :

Lieutenant-General (ret.), Doctor of Military Sciences, Professor. Dr. Lata has worked in the Soviet/Russian Defense Ministry's agencies for over 35 years, including as the deputy chief of the Defense Ministry's Military Policy Administration in 1992-1994. After that, chief of operations, deputy chief of the Strategic Missile Forces Supreme Staff. Full member of the Academy of Military Sciences. Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of Strategic Missile Forces. Professor of the Missile Forces and Artillery Department, Military Academy of the General Staff. 06/17

Saveleva, Larisa S. image
City : Saint-Petersburg
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

Holds a BA in International Relations from St Petersburg State University (SPSU) and a MSc in War Studies from Swedish Defence University (2018, 2021). Studied Political Science at Stockholm University as part of exchange studies program at SPSU. 2018 – participation in the VI Student Scientific Conference with International Participation “Russia in the global world: new challenges and opportunities”, section International Security. 2019 – worked as Research Assistant with Stockholm University’s project on Global Governance in Asia and the Pacific. 2021 – remote internship with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). As part of the internship program, presented a keynote at the UK-Russia Security Dialogue – European Security conference held by RIAC and RUSI. Topic of the keynote: EU security governance and the role of multilateralism in EU non-proliferation and cybersecurity policies. In the summer of 2021, completed a course “Russia and Nuclear Arms Control” offered by St Petersburg State University (online). Scientific areas of interest: international military security, nuclear deterrence and nuclear postures of regional powers, nuclear discourse in the United States and Russia, Iran’s nuclear program, Middle Eastern regional conflict dynamics. 09/21

Semenov Sergey image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Coordinator, Nonproliferation & Russia Program – Junior Research Fellow, Yaderny Kontrol edtor
Biography :

In 2019 graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Since 2019 has worked in PIR Center, first as an intern and then as a consultant and “Yaderny Kontrol” newsletter editor. Worked at James Martin CNS as a graduate research assistant. Interned in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. In 2017-19 presided over MGIMO Foreign Affairs Club. Speaks English, Spanish, and French languages. Academic interests: arms control, NPT review process, U.S. nuclear forces modernization. 12/20

Shakirov Oleg I. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant, "Global & Regional Security: New ideas for Russia" Program
Expertise :
European security
Digital diplomacy
Biography :

Senior Expert at the Center for Advanced Governance, Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary International Studies of the Russian Diplomatic Academy, Consultant at PIR Center, Expert of the Russian International Affairs Council. Member of the Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security. Since 2017, he has been PIR Center’s contact person for the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, and in 2018, he was involved in the implementation of the Network’s project focused on the future of conventional armed forces control. In 2016-2019 he worked as an Expert on Foreign Policy and Security at the Center for Strategic Research. In 2010, he graduated from the International Faculty of the South Ural State University. In 2015, he received his Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. His research interests include European security and conventional arms control and the impact of digital technologies on international security. 08/21

Shestakova, Sofya S. image
City : Kemerovo
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

Ungraduated student of Kemerovo State University (BA Hons International relations (expected in 2022)). Currently, she is the head of the Student Scientific Society of KemSU. In 2020 she took 3rd place in the competition "Best student" in the nomination "Research work in the humanities" in Kemerovo oblast. In 2020 become a Municipal scholarship holder of the Administration of Kemerovo, in 2021 received the governmental scholarship. The best research work “EU states' activities to implement the JCPOA (2018-2021)” following the results of the XVI International Scientific Conference of Students and Young Scientists “Education, Science, Innovation: The Contribution of Young Researchers”. The winner of the III International Timerbaev Nuclear Debates (PIR Center team). Academic interests: geopolitics in the Middle East, international security, Iran nuclear deal, P5 process, WMD-free zone in the Middle East, EU and Russia foreign policy. 01/22

Sveshnikova, Yulia V. image
City : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Biography :

Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham Malaysia. PhD in History. Graduated from the Law Faculty at the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (HSE) (2010), accomplished PhD program at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at HSE (2013), MA in Muslim World Issues at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC) at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) (2016). Studied language at the Imam Khomeini International University (2011). Education Program Coordinator at PIR Center (2010). Research Fellow at HSE (since 2010). Proficient in Russian, English, and Persian. Area of expertise: Iran domestic politics, Iran nuclear program, Islamic culture and sociocultural development of Muslim countries, Malaysian politics, political processes in Southeast Asia. 10/20

Volynsckaja, Ekaterina A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

Undergraduate students in the specialty "Foreign Regional Studies" (specialty: "Asian Studies") of the Novosibirsk State Technical University. Studied for one year at the South Korean University (Kookmin) with a degree in "Korean language and literature" (2019-2020). Completed a summer internship at the Information Center for Atomic Energy (2021). Expertise: geopolitics of the East Asian, nuclear factor in international relations, nuclear non-proliferation, peaceful use of nuclear energy, arms control and disarmament. 04/22

Yurk, Alexey V. image
City : Saint-Petersburg
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

In 2018, got B.A. in History at the Institute for the Humanities, Novosibirsk State University. In 2020, got M.A. in International Relations (summa cum laude) at the School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University. Currently is a PhD student at SPBU. Interned in Rossiyskaya Gazeta (2020). Laureate of the essay contest Russia-NATO Relations: Old Difficulties vs New Challenges organized by the NATO Information Office in Moscow (2021). Participated in the First Group of Analytics Laboratory organized by the Institute for Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (2021). Academic interests: US policy in the Middle East, US policy in Eastern Europe, Russian-American relations, arms control, American think tanks, American popular culture as a soft power tool. 02\22

 

Zaytsev, Vyacheslav A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Chief Accountant
Biography :

Graduate of the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI). In 1972-1980, senior engineer, team leader and chief of the laboratory, Atominform Central Research Institute. In 1980-1983, chief of the laboratory, Voskhod Research Institute. After completion of accounting courses in 1983, worked in the Reserve Fund for Nongovernmental Pension Funds. Chief accountant of the PIR Center since 1996. 10/20

Zubenko, Alexandra S. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Assistant to Program Director, Global & Regional Security: New Ideas for Russia Program; Junior Research Fellow, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

A fourth-year student of the faculty of international relations, MGIMO University. Organizer of a number of scientific students’ conferences within the club, including the online conferences in the period of the pandemic with the participation of Russian and French specialists in French foreign policy, and experts from the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs and the international discussion club «Valdai», analytical Franco-Russian center «Observo» on topical issues of French foreign policy, including disarmament, participated in a research project «G5: diplomacy architects polycentric world», took part in the international school of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) in Bishkek as well as in the international UN MGIMO model in 2019. Speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Research interests: arms control, European security, French policy in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation, France in NATO, nuclear factor in Russian-American relations, nuclear energy of Ukraine, Ukraine's nonproliferation policy. 11/21

 

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