Russian International Affairs Council

July 1, 2020


For Russia, the military developments and strategies of the United States recreate those challenges and threats that the USSR associated with President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Adopted in 1984, the SDI programme involved...

Towards Global Security Through Equal Rights and Consensus image

The international relations system has been in the process of transformation since the early 1990-s. Today one may unequivocally say that the unipolar project, which has been constructed by the USA with the help of its allies, did not materialize.  There began the construction of a more just multipo...

NATO nuclear sharing arrangements: whether they are compliant with the NPT. Assessment of the current situation in the context of the upcoming NPT Review Conference. image

Throughout the Cold War, there was a race for the development and production of new types of nuclear weapons between the two great powers, the USA and the USSR. Both countries were deploying these weapons in Europe. After the collapse of the USSR, all nuclear weapons from the post-Soviet space were ...

The editors decided to shift the focus a little from the problems of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control and talk about people. Nikita Degtyarev, PIR Center Information & Publications Program Coordinator, interviewed Sarah Bidgood, Director of the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program at the James ...

On June 2nd President Putin signed an executive order, which approved the Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence. Even without considering the contents of the “Basic Principles”, it would not be an exaggeration to say that it is a development of major import...

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Kholodnov, Evgeny V. image
City : St. Petersburg
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

2nd Year Student for the master’s program Strategic and Arms control Studies, International Relations department, St. Petersburg State University. Presented his research on the International Conference for students, aspirants, and young scientists “Prospect Svobodiy-2016”, based on the Siberian Federal University. Worked as the chief-specialist at the accreditation department, the Executive Directorate of the “Winter Universiade-2019” in Krasnoyarsk, was responsible for the preparation and conduct of the World Championships – National Teams Boys 19 (WU2019 Test Event) for more than 120 people. Had internships in the Foreign Relations Department of the Governor of Krasnoyarsk Region and the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Investment Policy, and Economic Development of the Governor of Krasnoyarsk Region. Worked as a foreign trade manager in the private company on the import of goods from China. Has been having an internship at the PIR-Center on the NPR program since June 2020. Writes his blog on the website of the PIR-Center, also has publications in the monthly bulletin “Yaderny Control” (“Nuclear Control”). Languages: Russian (Native), English (Proficient), Chinese (Mandarin, elementary). Spheres of scientific interests: issues of nuclear weapons and disarmament, arms control, military innovations and technologies, strategy and politics, hypersonic weapons. 10/20



Kozyulin, Vadim B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Program Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security 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. Research Fellow 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

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. 07/20