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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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Maltsev Vladimir image
Affiliation : Department Chair at the Military Academy of the Strategic Missile Forces
Biography :

Born in 1952 in Ukraine and in 1982 he graduated the Dzerzhinsky Military Academy. In 1985 he defended his doctoral thesis and in 1992 became Associate Professor (since 2007 – Full Professor). He joined the academy in 1980. The area of research interest includes space technologies and engineering.

Malygina Anastasia image
City : St. Petersburg, Russia
Affiliation : Senior Lecturer in the International Relations faculty of St. Petersburg State University
Biography :

Dr. Malygina graduated with honors from the International Relations faculty of St. Petersburg State University. In 2007 she defended her doctoral thesis on the prospects of the nuclear nonproliferation regime and participated in the International Summer School on Global Security.

Marcel de Haas image
Affiliation : Senior Research Associate at the Clingendael Security and Conflict Program in Clingendael Institute (the Netherlands)
Biography :

He has formerly fulfilled positions as military-political analyst, lecturer in international relations and international law, head research branch NATO School and policy advisor at the Dutch Defense Staff. He has been responsible for the drafting of the first edition of the Netherlands Defence Doctrine in 2005. He has lectured at American, Azerbaijani, Baltic, Bulgarian, British, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Georgian, NATO, Russian and South African defence colleges and universities. In 1987 he has got MA with the thesis on Soviet policy towards Southern Africa in University of Leiden (the Netherlands). In 2004 – PhD (thesis on Russia's security policy and airpower) in University of Amsterdam. He is an author of more than 150 publications on defense and national security policy.

Margelov, Mikhail V. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Executive Vice President, Sistema JSFC
Biography :

Since 2021 - Executive Vice President of Sistema JSFC. From 2014 until 2020 Mikhail Margelov was Vice President of Transneft, JSC. From 2000 until 2014 he served as a Representative of the Pskov Region Administration to the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly. In the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), he is a member of the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee), the Political Affairs Committee and the Sub-Committee on the Middle East. In March 2011 Mikhail Margelov has been appointed as Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on the cooperation with African countries. From December 2008 until March 2011 he served as the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Fedration on Sudan. Until 2005 Mikhail Margelov was the Vice-Chairman of the PACE. Before 2000 - the head of the group of political observers of Russian Information Agency Vesti. In 1986 graduated from Moscow State University. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

Markedonov Sergey image
Affiliation : head of Interethnic Relations Section, Institute of Political and Military Analysis
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Born in 1972 in Rostov-on-Don. In 1995 he graduated with honors the faculty of history of the Rostov State University, and in 1998 he finished his postgraduate studies there. He defended his doctoral thesis in the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1999; member of the Russian Union of Journalists (since 1998). Dr. Markedonov is the author of two books, 200 articles and over 300 media publications on sociopolitical development of the Caucasus, problems of interethnic relations and conflicts, religious situation in the Caucasus and in the postSoviet space. His articles were published in Izvestia, Moscovskiye Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Politichesky Zhurnal, Znamya, Novy Mir, Apologiya. He has a substantial field experience in the North and South Caucasus (visits to conflict zones and unrecognized republics).

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Affiliation : Deputy Head of the Latin America Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO)
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Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs in 1975 with a degree in International Law. Awarded a PhD in History by the Latin America Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1981. Awarded a PhD in Political Sciences in 1998. Author of six monographs on history and politics of Latin America and on Russia's relations with countries in the region.

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In 2003-2012 - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

Martynyuk, Raisa A. image
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Graduated form the Novosibirsk State University, Biology Department, in 1967. Area of scientific interests – international cooperation against virulent diseases and bio-terrorism. Holds a doctorate degree in biology.

Maslin, Evgeny P. (1937–2022) image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center Executive Board member, Consultant ANO ASPECT-CONVERSION
Biography :

Colonel General (Ret.), one of the founders of Russia's programs for international cooperation in the dismantlement of surplus armaments, an accomplishment recognized by the award of several government honors, including the Order of the Red Star, Order for Service to the Fatherland, and many medals. A leading expert on nuclear security, nuclear weapons reductions, and verification mechanisms. Laureate of the Russian State Prize. Worked in USSR/Russian Ministry of Defense organizations for more than 40 years, including from 1992-1997 as head of the Russian Ministry of Defense 12th Main Directorate, which is responsible for the security of nuclear munitions. Author of many publications in Russian and English, including articles on nuclear security, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, and nuclear nonproliferation. He was awarded the Order of Military Merit and the Order of Courage.

He was born on May 20, 1937, in the village of Novotomnikovo, Morshansky district, Tambov region. He graduated from an elementary four-grade school in Voronezh, a seven-year school, and a secondary school in 1954.

Evgeny Petrovich had served in the Soviet Army since 1954. Graduated from the Military Academy of Communications named after S. M. Budyonny (Leningrad) in 1959. Since 1959, he served in the units of the 12th Main Directorate of the USSR Ministry of Defense (responsible for the operation, storage, maintenance, transportation and disposal of nuclear ammunition): military engineer, head of the group, head of the department, since 1979 - chief engineer of the compound (Vologda region), since 1981 - commander of the compound (Vologda). Graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in 1993.

Since April 1989 - First Deputy Head of the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the USSR. Since July 16, 1992 - Head of the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The period of service in these leadership positions fell at the time of the collapse of the USSR. General Maslin ensured the export of nuclear ammunition and top-secret equipment to Russia, first from the countries of Eastern Europe, and then from the former Soviet Union republics that became independent states. An active participant in negotiations with the United States on security, arms reduction and mutual control of nuclear weapons.

Since 1997, Evgeny Petrovich has retired. However, he continued to be active, was a major expert in the field of nuclear weapons safety and in matters of their safe disposal. Author of a large number of publications on these issues. Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

Evgeny Petrovich's acquaintance with the PIR Center was curious — it was not Maslin who found PIR Center, but PIR Center in the person of the director, Vladimir Orlov, found Evgeny Petrovich: "I wasn't going to work at all after a very hard service and just enjoyed the rest. He called me, and we walked around Petrovsky Park for a long time, in general, he charmed me. That's how I ended up at PIR Center. General Maslin worked as a senior advisor to PIR Center, then as a PIR Center Executive Board member. He remained a member of the Board - the highest body of our organization - until the last day of his life.

In 2002, U.S. Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar awarded him the Medal for Services in the field of WMD proliferation threat reduction and contribution to the development of the Joint Threat Reduction Program (Nunn-Lugar Program). 

Thanks to his experience, Colonel General Maslin had always played an important role in improving the effectiveness of the physical protection of the nuclear arsenal of the Russian Federation. Evgeny Petrovich was also actively engaged in teaching, giving lectures and reports to students, young specialists, military and diplomats in Moscow, Geneva, Washington, etc.

He was also actively engaged in public activities: a member of the Boards of the Club of Business People, a member of the Board of the Vologda Community, president of the H. S. Ledentsov Rodnik Foundation.

In April of 2017, Evgeny Maslin gave a speech during the debates “Will the world be safer without nuclear weapons?”, which were part of the seventeenth International School on global security, organized by PIR Center. After having heard both debating sides, Colonel General Maslin shared his own view: “Will the world be more secure without nuclear weapons? First, we need to understand what is “safer”, and what is “world”. For example, in the case of the nuclear war, will the penguins in Antarctica suffer? Of course, they will. Therefore, if we think of the world in terms of the whole planet, then it is high time for humankind to stop threatening each other (with nuclear weapons as well) and start dealing with universal problems. However, in the current situation the world would not be any safer, this is my deepest conviction”.

Evgeny Maslin commented his speeches in the following way: “Whenever I give a presentation on some conferences, I always start with the following: “Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! I would like to say, that first of all am a practitioner. So, I apologize for the fact that my expressions or my views would be slightly different from the generally accepted in the scientific world. Because everything about the nuclear security I know not from the books, but from my own experience”. In his interaction with young specialists at the School Colonel General Maslin also drew on his rich practical experience, which is simply priceless for the new generation of experts.

Evgeny Maslin also participated in the round table “What kind of world does Russia need, and what kind of Russia does the world need?”. His views on the issue Colonel General Maslin expressed in the following way: “Patriotism — is not so much praising and admiration of one’s Motherland, but rather an aspiration to make it better, not so many right words and considerations, but rather right deeds. Right actions of everyone on one’s own place. To raise the children as decent people, give them education, prepare for the responsible life — that is patriotism”.

In an interview in 2014, "The meaning of life is to live" (in Russian) Evgeny Maslin told PIR Center about himself and his life, advised how a senior lieutenant should cope with the post of lieutenant colonel, shared how knowledge of Kipling and Yevtushenko helps in negotiations with the Americans and explained whether it is worth shooting down asteroids with nuclear charges.

The last text prepared by Evgeny Petrovich was an understanding of the Russian-American dialogue on nuclear nonproliferation, which he made at the request of PIR Center: "If young people on both sides of the Bering Strait are thinking about how we can straighten Russian-American relations, not everything is lost," he writes. This text in Russian and English is being published today for the first time, and the book where it is published still smells of printing ink.

To preserve the memory of Evgeny Petrovich Maslin and to honor the talented statesman, PIR Center placed on its website a Colonel General Evgeny P. Maslin Memory Gallery.

Miasnikov, Evgeny V. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Lecturer, General Physics Department, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
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Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Eugene Miasnikov was graduated from the Department of Aerophysics and Space Research of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in 1985. In 1989 he got his Ph. Degree in Physics from MIPT. His dissertation was devoted to the problem of polarized laser light propagation in ocean water. Subsequently, until the end of 1991, he worked in the Scientific Production Association "ELAS" (Zelenograd) as an expert in remote sensing of the ocean from airborne and space platforms. In 1992, Eugene was a visiting fellow at the Defense and Arms Control Studies Program (currently, Security Studies Program) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied current state-of-the-art of submarine detection and its impact on strategic stability in the world. Since 1992 Evgene Miasnikov has been working in the Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies, and an active participant of the Center's research projects. In 2011 Eugene was elected the Director of the Center. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2011. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2013.

Mironova, Irina Y. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PhD Student at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Expertise :
Relations between South Korea and DPRK
Russian energy policy
Energy Charter and European energy markets
Biography :

Holds master's degree from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (Modern History and International Relations, 2010) and bachelor's degree from the Ural State University, Ekaterinburg, Russia (International Relations / Oriental Studies, 2008). In 2005-2006 participated in student exchange programme in Sungkyunkwan University (Seoul, South Korea). In 2009-2010 was an intern at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael (The Hague, the Netherlands), in May-August 2010 participated in a traineeship programme at the Energy Charter Secretariat (Brussels, Belgium). Irina has publications in International Gas (magazine of the International Gas Union), Eurasia Energy Observer and other editions. Academic interests include regions of Northeast Asia and Central Asia, and regional aspects of energy security.

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Affiliation : head of the Center for Global Energy Market Studies, Institute of Energy Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences
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After graduating the Department of Economics of the Moscow State University in 1994, Dr. Mitrova worked in consulting firms dealing with energy issues. Since 1998 she joined the Institute of Energy Research, where in 2006 she was appointed head of the center. Tatiana Mitrova is a member of the regional study group on energy scenarios of the World Energy Council, the Program Committee B (Strategy, Economics, and Regulation) of the International Gas Union and takes part in the work of the group on foreign economic activities and international cooperation of the Russian Gas Society. In 2006 she was a member of the Energy Safety and Security Group of the G8 Organizational Committee. Dr. Mitrova is the author of more than 30 articles on energy issues. Major research
areas are analysis of the development of global energy markets and exportimport policy of Russia in this area.

Moiseyev, Mikhail image
Affiliation : Director-General of the Russian Federal Retraining Center for Retired Officers.
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Dr., Chairman of the General Staff's association of veterans. Deputy Chairman of the Coordination Council for Social Security of Military Servicemen under the Chairman of the Russian legislature’s upper chamber. Chairman of the Council of the Association of Veterans of the Russian Armed Forces. He graduated the Frunze Military Academy in 1972 and the Voroshilov Military Academy of the General Staff in 1982. In the 1980s he commanded a combined arms army and then the Far East Military District. In 1988 he was appointed Chief of the Soviet General Staff, a post he held until 1991.

Morogov Alexander image
Affiliation : lecturer in Japanese at the Institute of History and Political Science of Tyumen State University
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Graduate student of the Institute of History and Political Science of Tyumen State University. He graduated from Tyumen State University with a degree in international relations. His research interests include the energy policy of Japan, the nuclear potential of Japan and energy security cooperation.

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Affiliation : head of the European security section of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences
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Col. (res.) Morozov leads the joint RussianDanish research project on peacekeeping. He graduated the Frunze Military Academy in 1982 and the General Staff Academy in 1992, as well as the NATO Defense College in 2000. Prof. Morozov participated in the UN peacekeeping missions in the Balkans and in the Caucasus; he served as a UN military observer in former Yugoslavia (19941995), in Georgia/Abkhazia (20002001). Dr. Morozov is an author of many research papers on peacekeeping, local conflicts, etc. He is professor of the Academy of Military Sciences, International Science Academy for National Security Issues, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Geopolitical Problems.

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City : Frankfurt, Germany
Affiliation : Senior Researcher, Frankfurt Institute of Peace Problems
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Dr., Prof., Director of the Peace Research Institute (Frankfurt, Germany). Member of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters of the UN Secretary General. Member of the Advisory Board of the German Federal Security Academy. Professor of the John Hopkins University (Bologna, Italy). Professor of International Relations, University of Frankfurt Research interests: international security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1997.

Murogov Victor M. image
City : Obninsk, Russia
Affiliation : Chairman, International Union of Veterans of Nuclear Energy and Industry
Expertise :
Nuclear energy sector
Nuclear safety
IAEA
Biography :

Professor of State Technical University of Nuclear Power (Obninsk), Chief Scientist of Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Institute (Moscow), Director of Russian Association Nuclear Science and Education (RANSE).Graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Engineering in 1961. In 1989 he received Doctor's degree in Nuclear Physics. From 1996 to 2004 the Deputy General Director of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and represented the Russian Federation in IAEA. During this period he also worked as the Head of Department of Nuclear Energy of IAEA, General Manager of IAEA MP 1 – “Nuclear Power, Fuel Cycle and Nuclear Science”. In 2000-2003 a Project Manager for the NPRO International Project. In 2008 he became the Director of International Center Nuclear Education, MEPhI(Moscow). PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2009.

Mursaliev, Azer A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Editor-in-Chief of the Kommersant Publishing House, Security Index Editorial Board Member
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Renowned journalist, columnist, and analyst. Author of vivid, profound articles on contemporary political topics. One of the leading specialists in the sphere of energy security. Has already worked for Kommersant publications for about ten years, forming policy on the coverage of international affairs for one of the most authoritative and influential publications in Russia – the newspaper Kommersant. In 2005-2008 worked as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Kommersant newspaper.

Nadezhda Sikorsky image
Affiliation : Chief Editor of Nasha Gazeta.ch
Nikitin, Alexander I. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Director, Center for Political and International Studies
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Doctor of Political Science, Prof. Full professor of the Political Science department of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), professor of the RF Academy of Military Sciences. Previously, research officer of the Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies of RAS, member of the USSR mission to the UN. Research interests: international security, nuclear disarmament policy, resolution of regional conflicts. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

Nikitina Yuliya image
Affiliation : Research Fellow at the Center for Post-Soviet Studies; lecturer of the international politics department of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO)
Biography :

Graduated from MGIMO in 2002 with a degree in Political Sciences. In 2004 completed a Russian-French Master's course in World Politics delivered jointly by MGIMO and Institute of Political Studies.

Nikonov, Vyacheslav A. image
Affiliation : Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education, Chairman of the Management Board, Russkiy Mir Foundation
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President, Policy Foundation. Since 2007 Vyacheslav Nikonov has been the Executive Director of the Management Board at Russkiy Mir Foundation. Since 1993 Mr. Nikonov has served as President of the “Polity” Foundation and in 2003 he became President of the 'Unity for Russia' Foundation. Vyacheslav Nikonov is active in many political and policy organizations. He is president of Club – 93; Vice-President of the Association of Political Consultancy Centers; Deputy Chairman of the Editorial Board, "Russia in Global Affairs;" Member of the Board, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy; Member of the Board, Russian Public Policy Center; and a member of the Advisory Council, Carnegie Endowment (Moscow Branch). He is also editor-in-chief of "Russia's Strategy." From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Nikonov was a member of the State Duma, where he served as the chairman of the Subcommittee for International Security and Arms Control. In 1997-2001 Vyacheslav Nikonov was a member of the political Advisory Council under the President of the Russian Federation, the Human Rights Committee under the President of the Russian Federation and the Presidential Expert Council on Political Extremism. Since 2011 - member of State Duma of RF.

Novikov Vladimir image
Affiliation : Senior Research Associate, Deputy Director, Defense Research Center, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies
Biography :

Ph.D. in Economics. Research interests: nuclear nonproliferation, development of nuclear and technical policy of threshold countries, use of atomic energy in developed and developing countries.

Nunn Sam image
Affiliation : Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative
Biography :

He served as a U.S. Senator from Georgia from 1972 to 1996. Nunn attended Georgia Tech, Emory University and Emory Law School, where he graduated with honors in 1962. After active duty service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he served six years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He first entered politics as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1968. During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Nunn served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He also served on the Intelligence and Small Business Committees. His legislative achievements include the landmark Department of Defense Reorganization Act, drafted with the late Senator Barry Goldwater, and the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which provides assistance to Russia and the former Soviet republics for securing and destroying their excess nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. In addition to his work with NTI, Nunn has continued his service in the public policy arena as a distinguished professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech and as chairman of the board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

Obrenovich (Zueva), Irina image
Affiliation : Historian
Biography :

In 1990 Graduated from the Faculty of History of the Moscow State University (MGU), Department of the Modern and Contemporary History of European and American Countries. Starting from 1996 she lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia

Oganesyan Armen image
Affiliation : Editor-in-Chief of the Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn (International Affairs) journal
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Graduated from the Moscow Lomonosov State University. Served as the Chief Editor of Moscow International Radio's Britain and Ireland broadcasting in 1983–1990. Appointed as the Soviet State TV and Radio Company's London correspondent in 1987. Director-General of the Ostankino Radio and TV Corporation's Astra Company in 1990–1992. Head of the Moscow International Radio in 1992–1994. In April 1993 – October 2008 served as chairman of Voice of Russia, the Russian state-owned radio broadcasting company. External advisor to the Russian Foreign Minister

Palazzolo (Shadrina), Ekaterina image
City : Geneva
Affiliation : Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
Position : Senior Board & External Relations Officer
Biography :

Ekaterina Palazzolo obtained an MA in Diplomatic Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Westminster (UK) in 2002. Prior to joining the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, she worked in the Russian private sector, and had internships at the U.S. Department of Interior and the Chatham House (RIIA). Served as CEO of the Center for Policy Studies in Russia.

Panov Alexander image
Biography :

In 2006-2010 - Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian MFA (until December 2010), holds a PhD in Political Sciences, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Served as the Russian ambassador to South Korea, Japan and Norway.

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City : Tomsk, Russia
Biography :

- Participant in the 2007 Global Security Summer School Program 

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