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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Guriev Sergei image
Affiliation : Rector at the New Economic School, Morgan Stanley Professor of Economics
Halaka Serhiy image
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.

Ibragimova Galiya image
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.

Ivanov, Igor image
Affiliation : President of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs
Biography :

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
Biography :

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.

Javanshir Akhundov image
Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Iran
Biography :

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.

John R. Beyrle image
Biography :

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

Johnson, Rebecca image
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 ( 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.

Kasenova, Madina B. image
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.

Kazykhanov, Yerzhan image
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.

Khlopkov, Anton V image
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)
Biography :

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.

Khripunov, Igor A. image
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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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City : Vladivostok, Russia
Affiliation : "Lifeboat Foundation" expert
Biography :

In 2005 he graduated the department of biochemistry and biotechnologies of the Academy of Environment, Sea Biology and Biotechnologies of the Far Eastern State University. The areas of research interests include security issues in Northeast Asia, contemporary local wars and armed conflicts, conflict prevention, WMD and their delivery systems, peacekeeping activities of international organizations, territorial disputes. Participant of PIR Center Summer School on Global Security 2008

Kibaroglu Mustafa image
City : Istanbul, Turkey
Affiliation : Dean, MEF University; Chairman, BiLGESAM
Expertise :
Nuclear nonproliferation, historical aspects
Political and military aspects of international security
Iranian nuclear program
Tactical nuclear weapons in Europe
Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
Middle East
Nuclear disarmament
Biography :

Prof. Kibaroglu used to teach courses on “Arms Control & Disarmament” and “Turkish Foreign Policy” in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara from 1997 to 2011. Prof. Kibaroglu was a Research Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva (1995); International Atomic Energy Agency Fellow at the University of Southampton (1996); Post-doctoral Fellow at the Monterey Institute in California (1996/97); and Sabbatical Fellow at the Belfer Center of Harvard University (2004/05). Prof. Kibaroglu is the co-author of Global Security Watch – Turkey (2009) by Praegers in the United States, and the co-editor of Defence Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism (2010), Bioterrorism: Threats and Deterrents (2010), Responses to Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism (2011), Defence Against Terrorism (2011), and Analysis and Strategies to Counter the Terrorism Threat (2011) by IOS Press in Netherlands. He is also the author and co-author of numerous chapters in books as well as articles in academic journals, such as Security Dialogue, Nonproliferation Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Journal, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, and Middle East Policy. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2013. A faculty member in the Department of Political Science and International Relations in the MEF University (Istanbul) since July, 2014. 07/14

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City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Senior Researcher, North America Research Center, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Doctor of Economics. Member of the IMEMO Academic Council and the editorial board of the journal Mirovaya Economika i Mezhdunarodniye Otnosheniya. Research interests: globalization, nonproliferation of WMD, export control policy. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

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Affiliation : Head of Rosatom
Kislyak, Sergei I. image
City : Washington DC
Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the USA
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Works at diplomatic service since 1977. Occupied various posts in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affaires in Moscow and abroad. In 1995-1998 – Director of Security and Disarmament Department. In 1998-2003 – Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belgium and Russia's permanent representative to the NATO. Since July 2003 – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

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