Roland Timerbaev: memory gallery


All this is about him – Roland M. Timerbaev (27.09.1927 – 21.08. 2019) – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, the last Permanent Representative of the USSR and the first Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna, one of the authors of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the cornerstone of entire nuclear nonproliferation regime.

Roland Timerbaev has made an invaluable contribution to the development of PIR Center, to the education of several generations of diplomats and researchers in the field of nuclear nonproliferation. The memory gallery of Roland Timerbaev is designed to reflect as fully as possible how our teacher lived, what he worked on, what he aspired to. Here are the memories of people who were lucky enough to work and be friends with him, and his numerous works, and his extraordinarily rich biography.

Preserving and publishing the legacy of Roland Timerbaev, we strive to continue the mission of an outstanding specialist in nonproliferation: to serve in the name of peace and security on Earth, to enlighten, develop and keep up with the times, remembering fundamental truths and opening new horizons.

Life and professional path

Dedicated over 40 years of his professional activity to the diplomatic service
Орден Дружбы - за заслуги перед государством, «За вклад в укрепление режима ядерного нераспространения» (2004)
Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” – “For contribution to strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation regime” (1996)
Participated in the creation of the NPT, the CTBT, the IAEA safeguards system

After graduating from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1949, Roland Timerbaev dedicated over 40 years of his professional activity to the diplomatic service first in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union and then of the Russian Federation, retiring in 1992 from the post of Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna.

Roland Timerbaev actively participated in drafting several key international agreements in the sphere of strategic stability and nuclear non-proliferation, including the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Agreement on the Prevention of Nuclear War, the IAEA safeguards system, the Treaty on the Limitation of Underground Nuclear Weapon Tests, and the Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty. In 1974-1978 the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary participated in establishing the Nuclear Suppliers Group. In 1990 Roland Timerbaev put forward an initiative to create national non-governmental organization that would be purposed to contribute to nuclear nonproliferation.

From 1994 to 1998 Roland Timerbaev was PIR Center President and from 1999 to 2010 – Chairman of the Executive Board. Untill his death in 2019 Roland Timerbaev remained our senior colleague as a member of the Advisory Board and kept sharing his rich experience and knowledge with young researchers.

Ambassador Timerbaev had broad academic and teaching experience both at the leading Russian and foreign  research institutions, including Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Участник 6 Обзорных конференций ДНЯО
Participant in 6 NPT Review Conferences
Более 20 лет преподавательской деятельности в России и США
More than 20 years of teaching in Russia and the USA

Numerous publications of Roland Timerbaev on arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament are well known and highly renowned in the expert community. Ambassador’s works include ‘The Peaceful Atom in the International Arena’ (1969), ‘Verification of Arms Control and Disarmament’ (1983), ‘The Complete Prohibition of Nuclear Tests’ (1986), ‘Russia and Nuclear Non-proliferation, 1945-1968’ (1999), ‘International Control of Atomic Energy’ (2003), and ‘The Current Status of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Regime and its Prospects: Towards the Upcoming 2005 NPT Review Conference’ (2004). Roland Timerbaev is also the co-author of textbook ‘Nuclear Nonproliferation’ (2002) and encyclopedia of the same name (2009) – these are first comprehensive study guides on nuclear nonproliferation in Russia.

In 2007, ROSSPEN Publishing House in cooperation with PIR Center published Ambassador Timerbaev’s memoirs “Stories of the past: Memoirs about negotiations on non-proliferation and disarmament and much else.”

Roland Mikhailovich Timerbaev

forever imprinted in the memory of contemporaries