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27.11.2020

International security is not a center of the world, but a reflection of profound processes that nowadays are characterized by a growing randomness and shrinking planning horizon. Confidence, privacy and confidentiality of diplomacy are deteriorating. Ensuring security requires not only technical, but also political decisions. Under such circumstances the aim of the Russian foreign policy is to find a balance between development and security amidst an incoming new wave of globalization. To secure its status of a great power, Russia needs to preserve its relevance among other players and play a role of additional element to the situation of unsteady equilibrium.

25.11.2020

“In this transitional period, further strengthening of the dialogue with external partners, in particular BRICS-Plus, is of paramount importance. The absence of the states of the Middle East and Southeast Asia in the “club” at present limits the potential for the formation of a BRICS partner network. Whereas the “club” has a generally strong membership, so far, none of the states of the Islamic world participates in BRICS. This creates a certain imbalance, even though the Muslim population makes up a significant share in two of the five BRICS countries (India and Russia)”, ‒ PIR Center's report on the prospects of BRICS enlargement from the point of view of international security and Russia's interests.

24.11.2020

On the November 16 the U.S. conducted a successful test of the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor missile. The target of interceptor missile imitated an ICBM. The editorial board decided to talk to an expert about the way such test may influence strategic stability.  During the interview Oleg Krivolapov, research fellow of the Institute of USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Nikita Degtyarev, Coordinatorof the PIR CenterInformation & Publications Program, about the influence of the SM-3 Block IIA test on strategic stability, threat to Russian strategic systems and the future of the U.S. antimissile system.

Experts

How many people work in the PIR Center? It is not so easy to answer this question at once, for the counts may differ. According to the staff list, it comes out around twenty employees. But what if you consider PIR Center Advisory Board members, as well as those who write for the PIR Center's periodicals, provide consulting services for its projects, and those that participate in lecture courses? Then the number will be over a hundred.

The PIR Center's highest authority is its Executive Board, uniting prominent Russian political scientists, experts in international affairs, economists, and public figures. The recommendations of members of the Executive Board, their experience and expertise in the problems concerning nongovernmental sector development trends in Russia and the world provide invaluable assistance in the strategic development of the Center and make a major contribution to the identification of areas for its long-term research activities.

In its research studies, the Center receives great support from the Advisory Board. Today, Advisory Board of the PIR Center brings together 58 individual and 10 corporate members - the leading Russian and international experts, governmental officials and business organizations, spokesmen for the interests of different countries, regions, continents, united by common idea - to promote a more stable, safer world. Advisory Board consists representatives of Russia, Kazakhstan, Great Britain, Germany, the United States, Norway, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Ireland, China, etc.

The PIR Center team combines knowledge, experience and youth to ensure the accomplishment of the Center's research, educational and publishing tasks. The Center's staff members include two generals –  V. Lata, E. Buzhinsky - who for a long time have worked in Russian ministries and departments,  Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary R. Timerbaev, who has served as a diplomat for over 40 years is always ready to consult his junior colleagues. The Center engages in its work young gifted people - students, graduates and promising scholars from various Russian regions and higher education institutions.

All this ensures high-level training and research activities carried out by the Center. The PIR Center has become a school that trains competent specialists not only for itself, but also for the leading Russian and foreign research organizations working in the area of international security, nonproliferation of WMD and arms control.

Experts trained by the PIR Center have worked at different times in the past and continue to do so at institutions such as Harvard University (USA), Geneva Center for Security Policy (Switzerland), Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO, Russia), Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI, Sweden), Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (Russia), Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies (USA), Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia (USA), and the Center for Defense Information (USA).

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