The Role of the Women in the Areas of Nuclear Nonproliferation, Disarmament and Global Security: the Case Study of Russia image

Are our sex and gender so important for professional development in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament and can they become an obstacle in the XXI century? The goal of this research paper is to study the role of the Russian women in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation, disarmam...

Way Out of the Arms Control Pandemic image

This research paper attempts to place nuclear disarmament and arms control in the context of the sustainable development agenda. In particular, the paper examines the possibility of applying the experience and specific mechanisms of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to create new incentives for nuclear arms c...


PIR Center conducted an interview with Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, Senior Advisor on International Relations to the Leader of the Opposition and Daily FT Columnist (Colombo, Sri Lanka). Since March 2022, Dayan Jayatilleka has been a member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.

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In an Vladimir Orlov's interview, director of PIR Center, with Jorge Ferrer, a journalist of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the issues of the risks of using nuclear weapons against the background of the Ukrainian conflict are touched upon. We also talked about how the Chekhov rifle differs from nu...

PIR Center conducted an interview with Professor Mustafa Kibaroglu, Ph.D in International Relations, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences at the MEF University in Istanbul, a PIR Center Advisory Board member. We discussed the possibility of exporting U.S. nuclear tec...

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Abe, Nobuyasu image
City : Tokyo
Affiliation : Director of the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at Japan Institute of International Affairs.
Biography :

He has served as Consul-General in Boston, as Ambassador to Austria and Saudi Arabia, and as a diplomat for the Japanese government, the UN, and other international organizations in Washington, D.C., Geneva, Tel Aviv, New York, Manila, and Bern. Between 2003 and 2006, he was Under Secretary General of the UN for Disarmament Affairs, and he was also a member of the Advisory Board to the International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament and Director-General for Arms Control and Science Affairs in Tokyo. Amb. Abe has taught international relations and arms control at Sophia and Tokyo Universities and has published numerous papers on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.

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Affiliation : Senior Associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow.
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Dr. Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cambridge University. His research focuses on developing realistic pathways towards a world without nuclear weapons by strengthening nonproliferation bulwarks and rethinking deterrence. Acton is the author of two studies into deterrence: “Deterrence during Disarmament: Deep Nuclear Reductions and International Security”, and “Low Numbers: a Practical Path to Deep Nuclear Reductions”. He co-chairs the Next Generation Working Group on U.S.-Russia arms control and is the joint UK member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials. He has provided evidence to the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Acton has published in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, Nonproliferation Review, and Survival. From 2007 to 2009 he was a regular contributor to the widely read blog, Arms Control Wonk. E-mail address: [email protected]

Akhtamzyan, Ildar A. image
Affiliation : Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Position : Assistant Professor
Expertise :
Nuclear nonproliferation, historical aspects
Nuclear power in the Middle East
Biography :

PhD. in Historical Sciences. Graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1979 and since that time has been working for that Institute as a graduate student, lecturer, senior lecturer, associate professor of the History of international relations and foreign policy Department. Author of the first national course on nonproliferation (MGIMO). Participated as a lecturer in the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute. Author of more than 60 publications in Russia and abroad on the history of international relations, arms control and nonproliferation, including two books of collected documents related to these problems. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

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City : Riyadh
Affiliation : Director of the Department of Research and Studies at King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies.
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City : Baku
Affiliation : President of Azerbaijan
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Affiliation : editor of the academic journals review in the Democracy and Governance newsletter published by the research committee on comparative political science of the Russian Association of Political Science
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Member of the UN Association in Bulgaria. Born in 1983. In 2007 Ms. Angelova graduated with honors the faculty of philosophy and political science of the St. Petersburg State University. In 2006 she had an internship in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. Her research interests include Russia’s relations with the European Union, problems of adaptation of the CEE countries after the accession to the EU, and energy security.

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In 2008-2011 - HM Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Russian Federation.

Antipov, Sergey V. image
Affiliation : Associate Professor, Head of Department, Nuclear Safety Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
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Doctor of Technical Sciences. Head of Department of Nuclear Safety Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences. Formerly, Head Adviser of Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russian Federation. 2004-2006 - Deputy Head of Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russian Federation. 2003-2004 - Deputy Minister of Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation Double winner of the Kurchatov Prize. Author of more than 50 scientific articles and reports. Participant in the Chernobyl cleanup operation. Research interests: nonproliferation, physical protection, accounting and control of nuclear materials, nuclear submarine dismantlement issues within the program the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Scientific coordinator of the Nonproliferation Project in the RRC Kurchatov Institute. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

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Affiliation : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Position : Deputy Minister
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PhD in Economics, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. In 1978 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He served for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the USSR and Russia in various positions at central office and abroad over 30 years. Since 2004 - Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has broad experience in negotiation processes. He was a head of Russian government delegations at negotiations on the Treaty on Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Review of Inhumane Weapons Convention, Elimination of Chemical Weapons Convention, Elimination of Biological Weapons Convention, Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms. He was the head of Russian delegation at the talks with the U.S. on new START treaty. From February 2, 2011 to December 28, 2016 he held the position of a Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation. In this post he oversaw the issues of international military cooperation and organization of contacts between the Ministry of Defence and military agencies of other states. On December 28, 2016 President Vladimir Putin appointed him as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He is currently responsible for the military and political issues. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2000. Member of the SuPR (Sustainable Partnership with Russia) Group since 2009. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Cooperation in Mass Destruction Weapon Nonproliferation and Physical Nuclear Safety since 2012.

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Affiliation : Acad., Russian Academy of Sciences, Head, Center for International Security, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Historical Sciences. Head of the Center for International Security at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). Member of the research council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation. Head of the research council department on strategic planning at Security Council of Russian Federation. Member of the Carnegie Moscow Center's research council. Author of many monographs, coauthor of over 30 joint publications, numerous analytical papers, articles and booklets on international security, disarmament, and military policy published in Russia and abroad. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

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Affiliation : head of the Department on European Political Studies at the Center for European Integration, Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences
Biography :

Dr. Arbatova is also Director of the Center on International Relations at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Europe. Furthermore, she serves as the Director of Policy Studies and Editor at the Committee Russia in the United Europe. She graduated MGIMO in 1973. In November 2003, she was granted the Onassis Foundation Professor fellowship and worked at ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation) on European Security and International Terrorism: The Balkan Connection. Dr. Arbatova received her Ph.D. in History from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations. In 19981999 she was visiting researcher at the Department for Strategic Studies at the Swedish National Defense College.

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City : Buenos Aires
Affiliation : Founder and Chair, Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation (NPSGlobal)
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Founder and Chair, Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation (NPSGlobal), Buenos Aires, Argentina. She developed a managerial career at international organizations such as ExxonMobil Corporation and the Latin American Petrochemical Association, where she held several local and international managerial positions. After she left the company, she became a consultant, specialized in strategies formulation and implementation, new projects, and management of change. Ms. Arguello pursued Defense and Security studies (Master level) at the Escuela de Defensa Nacional, Argentina. As a part of her academic activities, she is currently developing the brand new Regional Postgraduate Course on Disarmament and Nonproliferation, to be launched in 2009. For several years she has been teaching a four-week Seminar on the matter, open to the public. Her former teaching experience also includes topics like Modern Physics and Management, at several universities and institutes. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010.

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Civilian military analyst and political commentator from Pakistan.

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Doctoral Student and Research Assistant in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

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City : Oslo, Norway
Affiliation : Prof., Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
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In 1979 graduated from Moscow State University (Political Geography) and worked in a research institute of the USSR Ministry of Defence. After receiving PhD in International Relations from the Institute of USA and Canada (Moscow) in 1988, he worked at the Institute of Europe (Moscow) until October 1992, when he joined PRIO. In 1995-2001 he was a co-editor of Security Dialogue, a quarterly policy-oriented journal produced at PRIO, and in 2000-2004 he was the head of the Foreign and Security Policies program. Author of several books, among them The Russian Army in a Time of Troubles (London: SAGE, 1996). His articles on the Russian military posture, Russian-European relations, peacekeeping and conflict management in Europe appeared in numerous respected academic journals. Dr. Baev also prepares weekly comments for Eurasia Daily Monitor. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2007.

Baluyevsky, Yuri N. image
Affiliation : Internal troops, Ministry of Interior of Russia
Position : Сommander-in-chief
Biography :

General of Army. In 1970 he graduated from the Leningrad Higher Military Command School, in 1980 - the Military Academy named after M.V. Frunze, in 1990 - the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the USSR. In 1982-1988 he served in the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the USSR Armed Forces  on the leading positions. Since 1990 - deputy head direction, head in the direction of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff. In 1993-1995 - Chief of the Staff and First Deputy Commander of the Group of Russian Forces in the Transcaucasus. From June 1995 - Head of Department, Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. From August 1997 - Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff - First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. In July 2001 he was First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. In July 2004 bacme Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, First Deputy Minister of Defense. In November 2004 he was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the CIS. In the 2008-2012 period. Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

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Position : Russian President's Special Envoy to Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Biography :

Holds Ph.D. in Historical Sciences. In 1989 he has graduated from the Moscow State Institute majoring in International Relations. From 1989 he worked in the Foreign Ministry. Previously served as a Minister-Counsellor at the Russian Embassy in Indonesia and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Cooperation Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He has numerous publications related to the Asia-Pacific region, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Russian-Chinese relations, China's history, culture and foreign policy. He is fluent in English and Chinese.

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City : Stokholm
Biography :

Politician, diplomat. From 2000 to 2003 served as Head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC); in 1987-1997 – as the Director General of IAEA; in 1978-1979 – as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. From 1961 to 1981 Hans Blix was a member of the Swedish delegation to the UN General Assembly. From 1962 to 1978 He was a member of the Swedish delegation at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Hans Blix obtained law degree at Cambridge (UK), and the Universities of Uppsala (Sweden) and Columbia (USA), received the degree of Doctor of Law at Stockholm University (Sweden).

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Affiliation : Secretary-General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF)
Biography : Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1981 and the Higher School of Economics in 1998. Appointed Soviet attache in Algeria in 1981, in charge of bilateral trade and energy relations. In 1983–1994 served as the Second Secretary at the Department for Pan-European Cooperation of the Soviet Foreign Ministry, in charge of Russia's accession to the Council of Europe and the work of the Russian delegation at the Council. Starting from 1994 held senior jobs in the commercial and banking sector. From 2001 and until his election as GECF Secretary-General served as First Vice President of the Russian oil and gas engineering company Stroytransgaz.
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Affiliation : Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament.
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Joined the diplomatic service in 1975. Held various diplomatic posts in Moscow and abroad (Thailand, Slovakia, Austria). Head of the Fourth CIS Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry in 1999–2002. Russian Ambassador to Slovakia in 2002–2004. Russia's Permanent Representative at the OSCE in Vienna. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in  2008 - 2011. Since 5 December 2011 - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament.

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Affiliation : Professor of International Relations of the State University – Higher School of Economic (Russia), Department of World Politics; Senior Researcher of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies; Visiting Professor of the Stanford Overseas Studies Program in Moscow
Biography :

Graduated from the Leningrad State University in 1984. He has over 40 academic publications on international relations and security.

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Affiliation : Senior Advisor, CSIS; Research Fellow, National Defense University
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Linton F. Brooks is an independent consultant on national security issues, a senior adviser at CSIS, a distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University, and an adviser to four of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories. He served from July 2002 to January 2007 as administrator of DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration, where he was responsible for the U.S. nuclear weapons program and for DOE’s international nuclear nonproliferation programs. Ambassador Brooks has five decades of experience in national security, much of it associated with nuclear weapons. His government career has included service as deputy administrator for nuclear nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration, assistant director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, chief U.S. negotiator for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, director of defense programs and arms control on the National Security Council staff, and a number of U.S. Navy and Defense Department assignments as a 30-year career naval officer. Ambassador Brooks holds degrees in physics from Duke University and in government and politics from the University of Maryland and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. He has been associated with the CSIS Project of Nuclear Issues (PONI) since its inception.

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Biography :

Before joining the Kennedy School in January 1997, he served for three years as an adviser to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he played a major role in U.S. policies related to the control and disposition of weapons-usable nuclear materials in the U.S. and the former Soviet Union, and directed a secret study for President Clinton on security for nuclear materials in Russia.

Chernykh, Sergei A. image
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Graduated from Military Academy of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Professor of Academy of Defense, Military Law and Security problems. Works at the system of military-technical cooperation since 1990.

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Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the Russian Federation.
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President of the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, the chairman of the Main Committee One Review Conference of the NPT.

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Affiliation : Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Security Council
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Vitaly Churkin is a Russian diplomat. He graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1974 and holds a doctorate in history. He holds the title of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs both domestically and abroad (United States, Belgium). In the Soviet Union, Churkin was an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1989-1990, Press Secretary for the Minister of Foreign Affairs E. Shevardnadze, Head of the Office of Information of the MFA, and member of the MFA Collegium. In 1992, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Belgium from 1994-1998, an Ambassador-at-Large for the MFA beginning in April 1998, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada from 1998-2003. He speaks English, French, and Mongolian.

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City : Washington D.C.
Affiliation : President, Ploughshares Fund
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President of the Ploughshares Fund. Cirincione had previously served as Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, and for eight years as the director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (2007) and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (2006). He is on the adjunct faculty of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he teaches in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has written over 200 articles on defense issues, produced two DVDs on proliferation, appears frequently in the media, and has given over 150 lectures around the world in the past two years. He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia University Press, Spring 2007). He is the co-author of Contain and Engage: A New Strategy for Resolving the Iranian Nuclear Crisis (March 2007), two editions of Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (2005 and 2002), Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (March 2005) and WMD in Iraq, (January 2004). He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is an honors graduate of Boston College and holds a Masters of Science with highest honors from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He is happily married with two children. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2009.

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Affiliation : Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for relations with Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and for international security and arms control issues in the State Department's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
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Affiliation : Attorney General of the Republic and Canton of Geneva
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A Swiss national, Zappelli was born in 1964. In 1982–1986, he studied law in the Fribourg University in Switzerland and then a year later also graduated the Faculty of European Law in the Exeter University in the U.K. From then on he worked as lawyer at Hauchmann & Monfrini law office in Geneva until 1996. Later on he moved to civil service and till 1999 carried on as Assistant to the Attorney General in Geneva. In 2000, he became a judge at the tribunal of first instance and the President of the Commercial Chamber. And two years later he was appointed at his current post of Attorney General.

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Affiliation : Head, Department for European Security, Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences
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Ph.D. in Economics, Professor. Graduated from Moscow State University in 1982. Prior to 1988 - Senior Researcher at the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. He is a member of PIR Center Advisory Board. Author of over 150 publications. Fluent in French and English. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2011.

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Affiliation : First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
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Born in 1952, Amb. Denisov graduated the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1974. In 1973–1981 he worked in the Soviet economic and trade mission in China. In 1981–1991 he joined the International Department of the CPSU’s Central Committee, as an expert on China. In 1992–1997 he was a Counselor and then Senior Counselor at the Russian embassy in Beijing. In 1997 he was appointed Director of the Department of Economic Cooperation of the Russian MFA. He worked until 2000 when he was appointed to head the RF embassy in Egypt. In 2001–2004 Amb. Denisov was Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation. In 2004–2006 he served as Permanent Representative to the UN. Since 2006 Amb. Denisov is the First Deputy Foreign Minister.

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City : Tomsk, Russia
Affiliation : Profesor at the World Politics Faculty, Tomsk State University
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Professor of the political sciences. Graduated from the history faculty at the Tomsk State University (TSU) in 1985. In years 1991-93 - PhD candidate. From 2006 to 2009 - Lecturer at the TSU. 2003-2010 -   deputy head of the world politics faculty at the TSU. 1998 - 2002 - deputy head of the Russian Program on Syberia and Far East. Participant of the Civil Education project held by the Yale University. 1996-2002 - lecturer at the TSU, world politics faculty. 1994-1996 - methodological employee of the history faculty at the TSU.

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City : Tyumen, Russia
Affiliation : Postgraduate Student and Lecturer at the Chair of Modern History and International Relations by the Institute of History and Political Sciences, Tyumen State University
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participant of PIR Center Summer School 2008

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City : Sri Lanka
Affiliation : Member, Supervisory Council, International Luxembourg Forum
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Before 2007 he was a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs and a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the USA and to the UN Office in Geneva. He is a member of the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). As a Sri Lankan diplomat Dhanapala served in London, Beijing, Washington D.C., New Delhi, and Geneva and he has represented Sri Lanka at a number of international conferences chairing several of them including the historic NPT Review and Extension Conference of 1995. Dhanapala is also a former Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. Jayantha Dhanapala is a member of the Board of Sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and a governing board member of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Dr. Dhanapala was Sri Lanka's official candidate for the post of Secretary-General of the United Nations, before withdrawing from the race on 29 September 2006. From 2007 - President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

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Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, Member of PIR Center Advisory Board. Anatoly Diakov specializes in quantum radiophysics, physics of lasers, nonequilibrium physics. He has over 40 scientific publications.

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Chairman of the Cuban Atomic Energy Commission from 1980 to 1992. Educated in Russia and holds a Ph.D. in physics and mathematical sciences from the Kurchatov Atomic Energy Institute. In 1984-1993 was head of the department of physical sciences at the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

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City : Brasilia
Affiliation : Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
Position : President
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A career diplomat, who from July 2007 to February 2012 served as United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. Ambassador Duarte served the Brazilian Foreign Service for forty eight years. He was the Ambassador of Brazil in a number of countries, including Austria, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia, China, Canada, Nicaragua, Switzerland, the United States, Argentina and Italy. In addition, he has been posted as the Brazilian representative to several International organizations, focusing on disarmament issues. From 1999 to 2000, he was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the IAEA. Ambassador Duarte was a representative in international organizations on disarmament issues. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2012.

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City : Moscow
Affiliation : Professor, Major General (retired), Chief Research Associate, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
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Professor. Major General (Ret.), Doctor of Technical Sciences, a top military expert, General Dvorkin was one of the main authors of the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces and Strategic Missile Forces policy documents. He participated as an expert in the preparation of the SALT II, INF, START I, and START II treaties for many years, and made a noticeable contribution to the formation of the Soviet and Russian position at the negotiations on the limitation and reduction of strategic weapons. He participated in the testing of the first Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines and the first submerged launches of ballistic missiles. He is an active member of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences, the Academy of Military Sciences, the Russian Engineering Academy, the International Engineering Academy, and the Academy of Cosmonautics. He is the author of more than 350 academic papers and numerous articles. His academic interests include missile dismantlement issues, combating terrorism, and nuclear safety and security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2003.

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Affiliation : Adjunct Professor in the Security Studies Program in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
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Edward Ifft has been involved in negotiating and implementing many of the key arms control agreements of the past 35 years. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Ohio State University. hile a graduate student, he was selected to spend a year at Moscow State University and the Institute for Physical Problems of the U.S.S.R Academy of Sciences under the U.S.U.S.S.R cultural exchange program. He is a graduate of the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University. Dr. Ifft began his government career at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He then moved to the State Department, where he continued to work on strategic arms control, as well as on constraints on nuclear testing, serving as the Deputy U.S. Negotiator at the 1974 negotiations on the Threshold Test Ban Treaty in Moscow. In 1978, he accepted a detail to NASA for three years, serving as Head of the Office of International Program Policy and Executive Secretary of the U.S.U.S.S.R Space Cooperation Agreement. Upon returning to the State Department, he served as Senior Policy Advisor and then Senior State Department Representative to the START negotiations in Geneva. After that he became Deputy Director of the OnSite Inspection Agency. In 1998, he became Senior Advisor and State Department liaison to DTRA until his retirement from the Senior Executive Service in 2002. He also served as the last U.S. Commissioner for the ABM Treaty until the U.S. withdrew from the Treaty in 2002. Dr. Ifft has lectured at many universities and government laboratories and in more than 10 countries. Dr. Ifft continues to work parttime in the State Department as a Foreign Affairs Officer.

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City : USA
Affiliation : Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
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Before joining Brookings in May 2013, served as the U.S. Department of State special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control, a position created by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009. Between 2001 and 2009, was a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where directed the Proliferation Prevention Program. Prior to joining CSIS, was assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation from 1999 to 2001, deputy assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs from 1992 to 1999, and a member of the State Department policy planning staff from 1986 to 1992. Between 1972 and 1986, held various positions at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), including as ACDA’s representative to the strategic arms reduction talks with the Soviet Union. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2007. 

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City : Moscow
Affiliation : Department of Integrated Communications, The Higher School of Economics
Position : Professor
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Doctor of Political Science. Prof., National Research University - Higher School of Economics, earlier - vice president of KROS Public Relations Development Company. Leading expert on the military and political facets of Russian national security, U.S. foreign and military policy, and regional aspects of nuclear nonproliferation. In 2001-2008 worked as Director of the Techsnabexport (TENEX) Public Relations Department and Deputy Director General of the National Laboratory for Foreign Policy. An experienced editor, he is a co-author of several books and monographs, and an author of several articles as well as publications in Russian and foreign academic and political press. In 1995-2003 he was a PIR Center senior research associate. PIR Center Security Index Editorial Board Member. 12/17

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City : Moscow
Expertise :
Information security
Biography :

Alexander has a Ph.D. in Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Following his studies at Moscow State University, he worked in various government agencies, where he worked on disarmament and WMD nonproliferation issues. More recently he has been actively studying and working on international and information security. He is the editor and co-author of the monographs Information Challenges in National and International Security and Superterrorism: New Challenge for a New CenturyPIR Center Advisory Board member since 2001. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012. 

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Affiliation : Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
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Ambassador. He is also Director General of the UN Office in Vienna. His roles include the promotion the reforms launched by the Secretary General to adapt the UN to the global challenges of the 21st century. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1971. He has held many foreign service positions to the UN and at Russian embassies in Algeria and India. In 2002 he was appointed the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (Russia) and held this post until 2005. From 2005 until 2010 he held the post of Ambassador of Russia to the United Kingdom.

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Affiliation : Cuban journalist and writer
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He graduated MGIMO and the Havana University. He is the author of many novels and short stories, including Minimal Bildung (Miami, 2001). His work about cultural relations of Cuba and the Soviet Union – “Around the Sun: The Adventures of a Wayward Satellite” - was included in the collection Caviar with Rum: Cuba-U.S.S.R and the post-Soviet Experience (Palgrave, is ready for printing). He translated into Spanish the works by Ivan Bunin, Mikhail Kuraev, Ilya Erenburg and many others. For his translations of the Russian literature he was rewarded in 2009 by the Boris Yeltsin Foundation.

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Affiliation : Editor-in-Chief of the "Export of Weapons" journal
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He served the internship from September, 2002 till January 2003, then he was the PIR Center Coordinator for the Project on Transformation of the Russian Exports Control System, Commissioning Editor of the Yaderny Kontrol journal, Research Associate. During the internship he wrote an article entitled “Russia and France in the Mirror of the Global Partnership” and published it in the Yaderny Kontrol journal, No.2, 2003. A graduate of the French-Russian Masters Program of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) as of 2003. He graduated with honors from the International Relations Department of the St. Petersburg State University. A participant of the Second International Nonproliferation Conference held in Moscow. His scientific interests encompass nuclear submarines, advanced armaments for Russian and foreign armed forces, issues of military technology cooperation for the Russian Federation.

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Affiliation : advisor to the Director of the Russian Research Center – the Kurchatov Institute, deputy director of the Institute of Innovative Energy
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Born in 1939. In 1962 he graduated the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) and since then he has joined the Kurchatov Institute. Dr. Gagarinsky’s research interests include the physics of experimental nuclear reactors, critical security, pressurizedwater reactors, innovation technologies of nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear energy. He is one of the founders of the Soviet Nuclear Society and VicePresident of the Russian Nuclear Society. Dr. Gagarinsky is awarded with the Order of Courage for participation in the elimination of consequences of the Chernobyl accident. Member of the editorial boards of Atomnaya Energiya (Russia), Nukleonika (Poland), and International Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology.

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Affiliation : Director of Third Asian Department in Russian MFA
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Served as an Advisor-Envoy at the Russian Embassy in Japan in 2001–2008.

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City : Vladivostok, Russia
Affiliation : Vice-chancellor for Development and International Cooperation at Maritime State University named after adm. G.I. Nevelskoi
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Graduated from Naval Institute of Radio Electronics named after A.S. Popov. Served as the Director of Center for International Studies at Maritime State University. Member of Security Index journal Editorial Board, journal representative in Vladivostok.

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Postgraduate student at Tomsk State University. Graduated from Novosibirks State Technical University. Participant of the International Summer schools of Tomsk State University in 2006 and 2007. Graduate of the International Summer School for Global Security 2008 at the Center for Policy Studies (Russia). Research interests: regime of nuclear non-proliferation and international security.

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Lieutenant-General (ret.) Evstafiev (25.08.1938 – 19.02.2013), a person of great fortitude, wisdom, and professionalism, dedicated all his health, strength, and intellect to serving his country and strengthening international security. We are very honored to have been able to work with such an amazing and knowledgeable person.

One of the patriarchs of nuclear nonproliferation has left us. No matter what office he held, Gennady Mikhailovich made considerable contributions to strengthen the nonproliferation and disarmament regime.  From 1981 to 1985, he served as Special Assistant to the UN Secretary-General, and from 1999-2000 as a member of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. He was an active participant in the historical 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference, as well as the Moscow Nuclear Safety and Security Summit in 1996.

Gennady Mikhailovich played a key role in preparing the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service’s public reports “A New Challenge After the Cold War: Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction” (1993) and “The Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons: Problems of Extension” (1995), which are still used today as key reference materials in the field. To this day, the publication of these reports remains an example of special services’ analytic work and ability to engage the public in dialogue. Thanks to the work of these authors, the world saw that Russia bases its arguments on facts and, no matter the circumstances, independently participates in the formation of a global nonproliferation and disarmament agenda.

Lieutenant-General Evstafiev was one of the people who, during the country’s hardest times, not only stayed dedicated to the task at hand, but was also able find solutions to global problems in a spirit of collaboration and while protecting national interests. From 1986 to 1991, Gennady Mikhailovich was one of the head Soviet delegates during the negotiation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty) in Vienna before he went on to work for the Foreign Intelligence Service. From 2000-2003, he served at the Russian Permanent Mission to NATO, where he worked on combating terrorism and WMD proliferation. After retiring in 2003, he became a Senior Advisor and later Senior Vice President at the PIR Center, where he continued to dedicate himself to arms control issues and developing new security mechanisms in Europe.

For Gennady Mikhailovich, strengthening the nonproliferation and disarmament regime wasn’t just political rhetoric, it was a subject of in-depth analysis with the goal of finding optimal, balanced solutions. Back when people had essentially stopped thinking about saving the world from weapons of mass destruction, before big speeches and initiatives revived the topic, Gennady Mikhailovich published the article “Disarmament Returns” (Security Index 2007), in which he not only declared the acute relevance of this problem, he defined the lines along which this discussion takes place today. “The main mistake that people make is they fear today’s troubles more than tomorrow’s,” he said, and underlined that, “this means only one thing – we must learn to preempt the consequences of new military technology and classes of weapons with timely political and legal measures.”

This is precisely what Gennady Mikhailovich worked on at the PIR Center. He co-authored a 2005 monograph Unmanned aerial vehicles: history, application, threat of proliferation, and prospects of development – the first work to define the importance of this issue for Russia. Information security, nuclear energy and nonproliferation, Central Asia – Evstafiev was a part of these and many other PIR projects from the outset. Dozens of publications, hundreds of interviews and comments to the press – he was constantly working.

He will most certainly be remembered, today and forever more, by dozens of students – young diplomats, officers, and scholars, those for whom he was a mentor at work or during an internship, those who listened to his every word at Summer School and other training courses.

What did young scholars expect, and then receive, from their senior colleague? During conversations he would say such things like, “Be sure to pay attention to this question… It may be worth taking a closer look here… You should read this book here…” and then a new idea would form, and we would begin to see a pointed problem in its greater historical and political context, and the student would morph into a specialist in front of our eyes. A graduate of the Oriental Studies Department at Leningrad State University, Gennady Mikhailovich completed the colossal school of life and carried with him the best traditions of analysis and the deep understanding of regional and global processes. Along the way, he passed on these traditions and mental discipline to his students, for which we will be ever grateful.

Gennady Mikhailovich played a significant role at the PIR Center. He was with PIR even before its founding and stayed the course through our development. Over the course of almost 10 years, he served as a Senior Advisor and Senior Vice President of the PIR Center. With his direct participation, PIR expanded the scope of its work, transitioned from Yaderny Kontrol to Security Index, developed a new education and training program, and attracted new partners and friends. Each of us will treasure our memories of interacting with this extraordinary person, colleague, and mentor.

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Segments from the program “What is to be done? New nuclear states,” Kultura TV channel with Gennady Evstafiev’s participation, October 29, 2006 (in Russian).


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An engineer at the Reactor plant, Siberian Chemical Combine (SKhK) at Seversk, Tomsk Region. A graduate of the Physics and Technology Department of the Tomsk Polytechnical University. He trained at the PIR Center from June 3 till September 30, 2002. His sphere of scientific interest covers the problems of the handling of spent nuclear fuel, issues on the prohibition of the manufacture of fissile materials and production of the weapons grade plutonium, the HEU-LEU bilateral agreement, and the upgrading of safety and security of the nuclear power plants. He participated in the Program of Career Development for Young Specialists, arranged by the PIR Center in November 2003.

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Affiliation : Executive Secretary of the Black Sea Biotechnological Association
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He is a biochemist who worked for many years in the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in Moscow. He then was Deputy Director of the «AnalitEK – analytics in ecology» and Deputy Director of the Bioengineering Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1997–2001 he was an Academic Secretary of the InterAgency Governmental Commission for Genetic Engineering. In 1996–2000 he was a board member and rapporteur of the UN task force elaborating the Cartagena Protocol and UNEP expert on biological safety and security.

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In 2010-2011 - intern at the Chinese NPP Projects Department of Atomstroyexport, a leading Russian nuclear engineering company. Graduated from the National Nuclear Research University MEPHI in 2011. He has taken part in several nuclear conferences and authored six research papers. Winner of the Rosatom Stipend awarded to promising young nuclear scientists.

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Affiliation : American politician and philanthropist
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Albert “Al” Gore is an American politician and philanthropist. He is a former Vice President of the United States (1993-2001), and he ran for president twice (1988, 2000). From 1977-1985, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee, and in 1984 he was elected as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, where he was reelected in 1990. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

From the time he graduated Harvard University in 1969 to 1971, Gore served in the Army as a journalist. After he returned to the States, he worked as a reporter and then a columnist for the newspaper The Tennessean. While in the Senate, he sat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Rules and Administration, the Energy and Commerce, the Science and Technology, and the Armed Services Committees. In 1992, he became the Vice President of the United States after a successful presidential campaign with Bill Clinton; they were reelected in 1996. In 1993, Gore and Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin signed the Russian-American intergovernmental agreement on the conversion of highly-enriched uranium, better known as the “Megatons to Megawatts” agreement.

In 2001, Gore became the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles-based financial services holding company Metropolitan West Financial. He was also the president of the American tv channel “Current,” a board member at Apple Computer, and a senior advisor to Google. Gore is well known as an environmental activist and is the author of multiple books.

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City : США
Affiliation : Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the CNS; Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the CISAC; Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution
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Rose Gottemoeller was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, on April 6, 2009. She was the chief negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation. Since 2000, she had been with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She most recently was a senior associate in the Carnegie Russia & Eurasia Program in Washington, D.C., where she worked on U.S.–Russian relations and nuclear security and stability. She also served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from January 2006 – December 2008. Before joining the Endowment in October 2000, Ms. Gottemoeller was deputy undersecretary for defense nuclear nonproliferation in the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously, she served as the department's assistant secretary for nonproliferation and national security, with responsibility for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States. In 1994-1997, deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, United Kingdom). In 1993-1994, director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs of the U.S. National Security Council. Research interests: nuclear nonproliferation and strategic security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

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Affiliation : Senior Programme Advisor and Senior Fellow, Leadership in Conflict Management Programme at the GCSP, Co-Director of its International Training Course in Security Policy, and Co-Director of its Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security (MAS) Programme, accredited by the University of Geneva
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Affiliation : Rector at the New Economic School, Morgan Stanley Professor of Economics
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City : Kiev, Ukraine
Affiliation : Professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy Department at Institute of International Relations at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University
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Doctor of Political sciences. In 1978 he graduated from the International Relations and International Law faculty of the Kyiv Shevchenko State University. He defended Ph.D. (candidate) thesis in 1987 and Doctorate thesis in 2006.
He worked as Assistant Professor from 1984, as Associate Professor from 1992, and as Professor of the International Relations and Foreign Policy Department from 2007. Had traineeship in Monterrey University (Monterrey), in Maryland University (College Park city), Harvard University (USA), the Center of international relation studies (CERI, Paris, France). In 2000-2001 he lectured in NATO Defense College (Rome, Italy). Specializes in USA foreign policy, nonproliferation, problems of international and regional security. The author of over 70 scientific publications.

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Affiliation : Journalist
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David Hoffman is Contributing Editor at the Washington Post and has been a journalist for more than 30 years. He recently published his second book, The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. Mr. Hoffman came to Washington in 1977 to cover Congress, and later served as the Washington correspondent for the San Jose Mercury-News. He covered Ronald Reagan's campaign for the presidency in 1980, and was national economics correspondent for Knight-Ridder Newspapers. In 1982, he joined The Washington Post to cover the Reagan presidency. As a White House correspondent, he covered the major U.S.-Soviet summits of the Reagan years, including Geneva and Reykjavik, as well as domestic policy and politics. After Reagan left office, he covered the George H. W. Bush presidency. Later, he was diplomatic correspondent at the time the Soviet Union collapsed, and then served as Jerusalem correspondent, covering the Oslo peace accords. From 1995 to 2001, he served as Moscow bureau chief. His first book, based on reporting in Moscow, was The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia. On returning to Washington in 2001, Mr. Hoffman was named Foreign Editor and then Assistant Managing Editor for foreign news, managing the Post's foreign service, until 2009. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2009.

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City : Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Central Asia
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

PhD in political sciences. Got her degree from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) with major in “Political Issues of International Relations and Global Development”). Graduate with Master degree of International Relations Faculty/ International Journalism Department. In 2008-2009 participated in Professional Management Program (intensive MBA program) at the Uzbekistan-Japan Center for Human Development with getting PMP degree. Participant of a number of conferences and seminars on Central Asia security. Graduate of the International Summer School on Global Security. Research interests include the problems of regional security in Central Asia, information security, global information space in the emerging new world order. 06/17

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Affiliation : Chief of Staff Presidential Administration of Russia
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Born on January 31, 1953, in Leningrad (now St Petersburg). Graduated from the Translation Department of the Philology Faculty of Leningrad State University, and from Higher Courses of the KGB (Minsk). 1981–1998: climbed from detective officer of the First Chief Directorate of the KGB to First Deputy Head of a department in the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia. Served on three long missions abroad in Scandinavia and Africa. Following the KGB reorganisation, continued his career in the Foreign Intelligence Service and then in the Federal Security Service of Russia. August 1998: Deputy FSB Director - Head of Analysis, Forecasting and Strategic Planning. November 15, 1999: Secretary of Russia's Security Council; Colonel General (Ret.) March 28, 2001: Defence Minister of Russia. November 14, 2005: Deputy Prime Minister - Defence Minister of Russia. February 16, 2007: appointed First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. May 12, 2008: appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. December 22, 2011: appointed Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office. Fluent in English and Swedish.

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Affiliation : President of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs
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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, PhD. Member of the Supervisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, Member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation; the member of the Lukoil oil company Board of Directors. Professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). In 1969 he graduated at the Maurice Thorez Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages. He joined the Soviet Foreign Ministry in 1973. In 1998-2004 – Russian Foreign Minister, later – Secretary of the Security Council of Russia (2004-2007); previously – Deputy Foreign Minister (1993-1998), RF/USSR Ambassador to Spain (1991-1993). In 2011 he took seat in the Advisory Council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

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Affiliation : Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, Brookings Institution
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Born in 1929, he graduated from Harvard in 1951. He was a career diplomat holding a number of ambassadorialrank positions until his retirement in 1989. In 1993 he returned from retirement to become the Chief U.S. Negotiator for the Safe and Secure Dismantlement of Nuclear Weapons. During this time he negotiated agreements with several former Soviet Republics to dismantle former Soviet nuclear weapons and to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation. Amb. Goodby is a specialist on nuclear nonproliferation and security issues in Northeast Asia, focusing particularly on the Korean peninsula. Currently he is associated with the Brookings Institution and the Securities Studies Program at MIT. He is the winner of the Heinz Award in Public Policy, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Germany, and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and the holder of an honorary Doctor of Laws from the Stetson University College of Law. He is also an Advisor to the British American Security Information Council.

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Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Iran
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Former Counselor of the Azerbaijani Embassy in the Russian Federation. Born in 1955 in Baku. In 1978 Mr. Akhundov graduated the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the Baku State University where he majored in Iran. In the Soviet times Dr. Akhundov worked in the Azerbaijani Academy of Sciences as an expert on Iran and Afghanistan. In 1992 he joined the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan. In 1995–1999, he served in the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran. Since 2003 he works in the Azerbaijani embassy in Moscow.

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Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to the Russian Federation
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He graduated from Science-Po in Paris and has diplomas in philology and law, as well as a diploma from the National School of Administration (Ecole nationale d'administration (ENA)). In 1975 he joined the diplomatic service in the Department for North Africa and the Middle East. He then moved to the Department for Economic and Financial Matters, was Deputy Head of the Center for Analysis and Forecasts, and worked in the French mission to the EU in Brussels. In September 2006–January 2009 he served in the central administration of the MFA as Director of the Department of Africa and Indian Ocean Countries. In January 2009 he started his mission in Russia.

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Affiliation : French military attaché to Russia
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Brigadier General.

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In 2008-2012 - Ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation.

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City : London, UK
Affiliation : Founding Director, Acronym Institute
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PhD.  With a background in physics, an MA in Far Eastern studies and a PhD in international relations, she has monitored treaty developments, including the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) from 1994 to the present. With a varied background that has included grassroots activism, campaign organising and consultancy work for the United Nations, the European Union and other government bodies, she was senior advisor for the International WMD (Blix) Commission 2004-06 and is currently Vice Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). She also serves as a special advisor to various international organisations.The United Nations in May 2009 published her book on civil society and government strategies to achieve the CTBT, titled Unfinished Business. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

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Affiliation : Franklin D. Roosevelt Visiting Fellow at Hunter College
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In 1999-2009 - President of The MacArthur Foundation.

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Affiliation : Senior Research Scientist in the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS) and Assistant Director for Education in the Center for Advanced Bioenergy Research (CABER) at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign (UIUC)
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Born in 1957 he has adjunct faculty positions at the Departments of Political Science and Atmospheric Sciences. After his physics PhD at the University of Marburg in Germany he worked at the Technical University of Darmstadt, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris (Pantheon/Sorbonne). Research and teaching interests include: energy security and climate change; complex systems analysis and computational modeling; technology assessment and international security. He is involved in the Renewable Energy Initiative at UIUC ( and related projects funded by the Environmental Council, the Department of Energy and the Energy Biosciences Institute.

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City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Senior Researcher, Center for International Security, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO
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Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor. One of the leading experts in the field of chemical and biological disarmament. Experienced scientist, auditor, multilateral person, whose reasearches in biologics, chemistry, policy, economy are of invaluable contribution to the science and for further reasearch perspectives.  From 1994 to 2007 worked for central organs of political departments of the Russian Federation, including the post of Assistant to the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation in 2003-2004. and Deputy head of the inspection of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation in 2005-2007. 

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Expert on international law. In 2008 he graduated the International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy at the MGIMO University in Moscow. He is the author of over 250 publications on the Middle East and North Africa. The areas of academic interests include legal aspects of subsoil use, investment climate, prospects of the Russian companies in the Middle East and North Africa (Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, Algeria, and Libya). In 2006 he conducted research for Rosneft on analysis of political, economic and legal risks in a number of the Middle East and North African countries.

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Affiliation : Department of Private International Law, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Position : Chair
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PhD in Law. Ms. Kasenova graduated from the Law Faculty of Moscow State University. From 1989-1993 – member of the Chamber of Commerce of the USSR/Russia, in 1990-1992 – Member of the Working Group on Legal Affairs of the Council of USSR-Canada Business Cooperation, Chief Expert of the International Association of bar coding UNISKAN. Member of the Russian official delegations to international intergovernmental conferences, member of international conferences and negotiations on investment cooperation. In 1992-1995 - lawyer in the International law firm Baker & McKenzie, in 2001-2003 - Head of legal advice bureau №2 of the law office for international affairsMember of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012.

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Affiliation : Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
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Dr. Graduated from the Saint-Petersburg State University, Faculty of Oriental studies (1987). He served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from February to April 2011. From 2009 till 2011, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Austria and Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the International Organizations in Vienna. Previously he served as the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Cuba (non-resident) from 2003 till 2007.

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City : Moscow
Affiliation : Director, Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS)
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Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, UK). Highly qualified expert specializing in Iran's nuclear program and Russian-Iranian cooperation in the sphere of nuclear energy. His research to date has also focused on regional aspects of WMD nonproliferation and Global Partnership issues. Has a great deal of experience in publishing. Author of the monographs Iran's Nuclear Missile Ambitions and Russian National Interests (2006) and The Iranian Nuclear Program and Russian-American Relations (2001). 

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Graduated in 2011 from the World Politics faculty of the State Academic University of Humanitarian Sciences. In May 2009 worked as an intern at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels and at the Allied Command Operations Headquarters in Mons. In April 2010 took an internship at the University of Maryland. In April 2009 took a traineeship program at the ITAR TASS News Agency.

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Affiliation : Head of the Analytical Section of the Institute of Political and Military Analysis (IPMA)
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He graduated the faculty of physics of the Moscow State University in 1990. In 1995–1996 he worked in the analytical structures of the electoral head quarters of the Our Home is Russia party, then at the electoral headquarters of Boris Yeltsin at the presidential elections. In 1999 participated in the electoral campaign of the Union of the Rightist Forces. Since January 1996 works in the IPMA established on the basis of the OHR electoral headquarters. He is the author of the database on regional politics maintained by the IPMA. Author of the books Election in the Sixth Duma: Outcome and Conclusions (1996), Presidential Elections: Outcome and Conclusions (1996), as well as hundreds of publications on political and military topics in newspapers and online resources. He is an often speaking head on TV and radio.

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Igor Khripunov is the Center’s Associate Director in charge of the projects in the former Soviet Union and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at The University of Georgia since 1992. Previously, Dr. Khripunov served for six years as an international civil servant at the U.N. Secretariat in New York.

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