MOSCOW, JULY 22, 2021. PIR PRESS. «My friendship with Director of PIR Centre Dr. Vladimir Orlov is more than a quarter-century old. Since its creation in 1993 PIR Centre has become one of the most prominent Russian think tanks in the field of nonproliferation and arms control. This close association is a product of meetings in Russia and at international venues, in Geneva, Monterey, and several other places. The Trialogue Club International reflects our long-standing and vibrant cooperation because within the framework of the Trialogue Club International, all members have an opportunity to establish contacts, connections, channels of interaction, without which the world will not be able to effectively address modern challenges and threats. At this farewell dinner, I would like to pay tribute to the warm friendship that connected me with PIR Center and the Trialogue Club International», – Venkatesh Varma, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Russian Federation.
On July 15, the 110th Summer Session of the Trialogue Club International was conducted. This Summer Session was unique for the Club. It was organized in partnership with the Embassy of India to the Russian Federation and was held in the format of a Farewell for the Members of the Trialogue Club International on behalf of H.E. Venkatesh Varma, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Russian Federation. The session was dedicated to the topic “New Strategic Equation: Variables Outside Russian-American Relations and Multilateral Disarmament”.
Traditionally, Vladimir Orlov, the president and founder of the Trialogue Club International, addressed the participants of this meeting with a welcoming speech: “The 110th Summer Session of the Trialogue Club International is held in an informal but productive manner. This is a special meeting in every sense. First, we have a vibrant, rich agenda and topical issues for discussion. Secondly, we have a wonderful panel of speakers who take part both online and offline. Today, thanks to the hospitality of our friends and colleagues from the Embassy of India, we have brought together people from different parts of the world for a meaningful and open conversation. India has always helped and continues to facilitate international dialogue.”
The panel session was attended by Dr. Gen. Evgeny Buzhinskiy, Co-Chair, Trialogue Club International, Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board, Dr. Elena Chernenko, Co-Chair, Trialogue Club International, Special correspondent, Kommersant Publishing House, Andrey Baklitskiy, Consultant, PIR Center, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced American Studies at the Institute of International Studies at the MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergey Semenov, Coordinator, Nonproliferation & Russia Program, PIR Center, Dr. William C. Potter, Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, USA (online), Rakesh Sood, Former Indian Ambassador and Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Disarmament and Nonproliferation Issues (online) and Pankaj Sharma, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament (online).
As you know, all meetings of the International Trialogue Club are traditionally held according to the rules of Chatham House, that is, in the off-the-record mode. In this regard, a full statement of the views and assessments of the speaker and participants of the event is not possible. The materials of the meeting are available to members of the Club on our website using a special password (for members only).
If you need any further information about the Trialogue Club International, fees, terms, and conditions of membership, please contact the Club’s Executive Secretary Elena Karnaukhova by phone: +7 (916) 170 03 07 or email: [email protected].