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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.

In an interview with him, we ...

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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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)
Biography :

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
Biography :

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
Biography :

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
Biography :

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
Biography :

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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Biography :

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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Biography :

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
Biography :

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.

Biography :

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
Biography :

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
Biography :

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
Biography :

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
Biography :

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
Biography :

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
Biography :

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
Biography :

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
Biography :

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
Biography :

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)
Biography :

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 (www.renewableenergy.uiuc.edu) 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
Biography :

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. 

Biography :

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
Biography :

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.
Biography :

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)
Biography :

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). 

Biography :

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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