MOSCOW. AUGUST 25, 2023. PIR PRESS. «It’s nice that such people are remembered and their experience, knowledge, and ideas are transmitted. This is probably the best memory that can exist. And I am very grateful to PIR Center for keeping the memory of Lieutenant General Gennady M. Evstafiev and multiplying it by working with young people», — Dr. Dmitry Evstafiev, Professor of the Faculty of Creative Industries, Institute of Media, HSE University, member of the Editorial Board of Security Index.
In 2021, in memory of Gennady M. Evstafiev, an outstanding Soviet and Russian intelligence officer and diplomat, Lieutenant General of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, one of the patriarchs of nuclear nonproliferation, PIR Center established a competition for the Gennady M. Evstafiev Award, or the Evstafiev Award, for the best research work in the field of international security.
The competition is held annually among young Russian and foreign researchers whose works were published in the PIR Center’s Security Index and Security Index Occasional Paper Series this year or were accepted by the Commission on the Legacy of Lieutenant General Gennady M. Evstafiev.
The Evstafiev Series is a collection of research and practice-oriented publications by young, novice authors from Russia and abroad in the field of international security. The publications in frames of the Evstafiev Series are labeled accordingly. This papers can be found on the PIR Center website in the Security Index and Security Index Occasional Paper Series sections.
The competition looks for research papers dedicated to relevant issues of international security, predominantly the issues of WMD nonproliferation, arms control, strategic stability, cybersecurity, countering international terrorism, and regional security challenges and threats. More information about the research topics can be found here.
All papers undergo mandatory external review and preliminary discussion at PIR Center scientific and educational seminars or in similar formats.
In frames of the competition, the submitted works are examined by the Commission on the Legacy of Lieutenant General Gennady M. Evstafiev. The Commission is chaired by Dr. Vladimir Orlov, Founding Director of PIR Center. The Commission is composed of Lieutenant General (retired) Evgeny Buzhinsky, Head of the Center for Applied Political and Military Studies of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board; Colonel-General (retired) Vladimir Verkhovtsev, 7th Head of the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (2005-2011), General Director of ARMZ Rosatom; Dr. Dmitry Evstafiev, Professor of the Faculty of Creative Industries, Institute of Media, HSE University, member of the Editorial Board of Security Index; Colonel-General (retired) Viktor Yesin, Senior Fellow of the Institute for US and Canadian Studies of RAS, member of PIR Center Advisory Board; Mr. Albert Zulkharneev, Head of the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo – Russian House in Bishkek, member of PIR Center Advisory Board; Dr. Vadim Kozyulin, Head of the Center for Global Studies & International Organizations of the Institute for Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, member of PIR Center Executive Board; Lieutenant General (retired) Vasily Lata, Professor of the Missile Forces and Artillery Department of the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, PIR Center consultant; Mr. Viktor Litovkin, military observer of TASS; Dr. Vladimir Rudakov, Editor-in-Chief of the Istorik (Historian) Journal, member of PIR Center Advisory Board; Mr. Sergey Semenov, PIR Center Research Fellow; H.E. Oleg Stepanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Canada, member of PIR Center Advisory Board; Dr. Dmitry Trenin, Lead Researcher at the Section for Non-Proliferation and Arms Limitation of the Center for International Security, IMEMO RAS, member of PIR Center Executive Board; Dr. Elena Chernenko, special correspondent of the Kommersant Daily, member of PIR Center Executive Board; Dr. Alexander Fedorov, Associate Professor of the Department of Information Security of the Faculty of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Control Systems, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, member of PIR Center Advisory Board.
The submitted papers must be exclusive; submission of the documents implies that the contestants agree to provide PIR Center with the copyright.
List of winners of the Evstafiev Award:
In 2022, the Evstafiev Award was implemented within the framework of the Oral History of Nuclear Nonproliferation project with the support of the Presidential Grants Foundation. Let us remind you that a series of video interviews was also produced (all interviews can be found here), as well as on December 3-5, 2022, a seminar was held in Vladimir in frames of the project. Support in these areas was provided by the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund.
In 2023, the competition is held within the framework of the project Global Security: A View from Russia for the Youth Around the World with the support of the Presidential Grants Foundation.
The Award this year is 300 000 rub.
Contestants should send their entries to PIR Center Information & Publications Program Coordinator Ksenia Mineeva at firstname.lastname@example.org with the note: For the competition – Evstafiev Series no later than November 15, 2023.
You can find more information about the competition and the basic requirements here.
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