Every Midweek Brainstorming is like a chamber concert; there are no accidental people present. A discussion of a problem or an expert report debated ...


The Future of U.S.-Russian Arms Control: Principles of Engagement and New Approaches image

As one of its first security policy decisions, the Biden administration agreed to extend the New START Treaty for five years with no conditions.  The New START Treaty represents one of the last remaining vestiges of international arms control architecture and one of the few areas of potentially prod...

How would you prioritize the incorporation of new elements into a future arms control negotiating framework?

First, there are several approaches to defining which “elements” are actually new: some new types of weapons or new warfighting (or deterrence) domains in general, or “new” as opposed to the ...

Now when the U.S. presidential elections are over the fate of the START Treaty and nuclear arms control, in general, has become clearer.

The New START treaty is set to expire on February 5, 2021, and only a few months ago there was little doubt that it would be the end of it. The Trump administratio...

Vladimir Orlov: “Russia and the United States should resume a comprehensive dialogue on global nuclear proliferation threats” image

On January 19, 2021, Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Director of the PIR Center, gave an interview to Security Index journal.


SECURITY INDEX: In your recent op-ed column, co-authored with Sergey Semenov and published by Kommersant Daily, you stated that “Russia and the United States, as major nuclear-weapo...

Midweek Brainstorming Session «Coalitions in the NPT Review Process» 18.11.2021

In January 2022, the X Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons will take place. The NPT is the largest international treaty on non-proliferation, and the review process is one of the key platforms for multilateral discussion of challenges to the nuclear non-proliferation regime. A large number of participants bring their own spin to the review process: participating states form coalitions to advance their positions, and each NPT Review Conference reminds political games.

On November 18, 2021, the PIR Center Midweek Brainstorming Session – an expert seminar – Coalitions at the NPT Review Process is going to focus on the analysis of major coalitions acting within the NPR Review Process and the prospects for the upcoming RevCon. Konstantin Larionov, a student of the Dual Degree M.A. Program in Nonproliferation Studies (organized by PIR Center, MGIMO University (Moscow, Russia) and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (California, USA), is going to defend his research paper on the topic. 

The Midweek Brainstorming Session will be held from 18:00 till 19:30 (Moscow Time, GMT +3) via Zoom platform (in the format of conference)Our working language is Russian. 

If you would like to take part, please register no later than November 15, 2021. Any questions related to the Midweek Brainstorming Session can be addressed to the Education and Training Program team via e-mail [email protected].