The annual contest for the Gennady Evstafiev Award for the best research work in the field of international security is in full swing

October 14, 2022

MOSCOW. OCTOBER 14, 2022. PIR PRESS. PIR Center recalls that the annual contest for the Gennady M. Evstafiev Award for the best research work in the field of international security is in full swing. The amount of the award this year is 300,000 rubles.

In 2021, PIR Center established The Evstafiev Award in remembrance of Gennady Mikhailovich Evstafiev (1938 – 2013) – Lieutenant General of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, an outstanding Soviet and Russian WMD nonproliferation and global security expert. He devoted the last ten years of his life to PIR Center, where he worked as a Senior Advisor and Vice President. Gennady Evstafiev paid special attention to the progress in creativity and analytical skills of young generation, considering this to be PIR Center’s – and his own – most important mission.

The Evstafiev Series is a series of research and analytical publications written by young, aspiring authors (primarily, MA graduates and post-graduates) from Russia and around the globe in the area of global security. For many, this is their first or one of the first peer-reviewed publications. All drafts are subjects to external evaluation by a panel at expert-level or educational seminars by PIR Center or in similar formats. Only drafts accepted by the expert panel are submitted for peer review and, if positive, for publication in the Series. Annually, The Evstafiev Series Selection Committee, which includes leading Russian experts in the field of international relations, announces its decision on the Evstafiev Award.

The competition involves the works of young international students (postgraduates and undergraduates), aspiring authors from Russia and various countries of the world, published at Security Index for 2022 as part of the Evstafiev Series.

In 2021, Sergey D. Semenov, PIR Center Research Fellow, became the first winner of the award.

This year’s competition involves the works published at Security Index Series and Security Index Occasional Paper Series as part of the Evstafiev series for the current (2022) year. At the moment, 11 works have been published within the Evstafiev series for 2022, 7 of them in the Russian edition of the Security Index, 4 – in Security Index Occasional Paper Series in English. All the works published within the Evstafiev series can be found on the website in the Security Index section at the link.

The competition also includes research papers accepted for publication as of December 1, 2022. The contestants should send their works to the Executive Secretary of the Commission Egor G. Chobanyan at with the subject: “For the contest – the Evstafiev series” no later than November 15, 2022. All papers received for the competition must be exclusive; sending them to the competition automatically means transferring the rights to them to PIR Center.

The works can be presented in Russian or English.

Citizenship, place of residence of the author – do not matter.

At the time of submission of the work for the competition, the author must not be older than 30 years.

This year the contest is held within the project Oral History of Nuclear Nonproliferation and is financed by a grant by the Presidential Grants Fund. Thanks to this generous support this year award will be 300 000 Russian rubles.

The results of the competition will be announced at the final seminar on the project Oral History of Nuclear Nonproliferation, which will be held from December 3 to 5 in the city of Vladimir, Russia.

Please go to the link to visit Gennady Evstafiev’s memory gallery. You can also find the Open Collar interview with Gen. Evstafiev here.