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Russian International Affairs Council

July 1, 2020

 

For Russia, the military developments and strategies of the United States recreate those challenges and threats that the USSR associated with President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Adopted in 1984, the SDI programme involved...

Towards Global Security Through Equal Rights and Consensus image

The international relations system has been in the process of transformation since the early 1990-s. Today one may unequivocally say that the unipolar project, which has been constructed by the USA with the help of its allies, did not materialize.  There began the construction of a more just multipo...

NATO nuclear sharing arrangements: whether they are compliant with the NPT. Assessment of the current situation in the context of the upcoming NPT Review Conference. image

Throughout the Cold War, there was a race for the development and production of new types of nuclear weapons between the two great powers, the USA and the USSR. Both countries were deploying these weapons in Europe. After the collapse of the USSR, all nuclear weapons from the post-Soviet space were ...

The editors decided to shift the focus a little from the problems of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control and talk about people. Nikita Degtyarev, PIR Center Information & Publications Program Coordinator, interviewed Sarah Bidgood, Director of the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program at the James ...

On June 2nd President Putin signed an executive order, which approved the Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence. Even without considering the contents of the “Basic Principles”, it would not be an exaggeration to say that it is a development of major import...

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Aboul-Enein, Sameh image
Affiliation : Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister of Egypt
Biography :

Dr. Aboul-Enein has previously served as Head of the Political Section and Counselor for Disarmament at the Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the UN and to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He is the former Director of the United Nations Affairs Department at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked earlier in the cabinets of two ex-Egyptian Foreign Ministers. Early in the 1990s, he worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Political Science Department, American University in Cairo. Dr. Aboul-Enein has published a number of papers and articles on nuclear disarmament, security & WMD free-zone in the Middle East.

Dr. Aboul-Enein holds a Master of Science in Politics and Government of the Middle East from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK. He has completed his Ph.D./M.Phil. in International Relations and Foreign Policy Making with a specialization in the Middle East from the American University in London and the University of London. He also holds a certificate in Disarmament and Security Policies from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.


Al-Assad Wael image
Affiliation : Representative of the Secretary General for Disarmament and Regional Security and the Director of Disarmament and Multilateral Relations at the League of Arab States
Expertise :
Nuclear power in the Middle East
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Nuclear energy sector
Iranian nuclear program
Biography :

Ambassador Wael Al-Assad is currently the Representative of the Secretary General for Disarmament and Regional Security and the Director of Disarmament and Multilateral Relations at the League of Arab States. Al-Assad is responsible for coordinating Arab positions on arms control and disarmament issues at different international forums and proposing policies to Arab League’s Council at the ministerial and summit levels. He co-chairs the “Arab Governmental Committee on Elaborating a Draft Treaty on a Nuclear Weapons and Other WMD Free Zone in the Middle East” since 1996. Ambassador Al-Assad has worked for over 38 years in different specialized agencies and organizations within the Arab League System. He is a member of a number of think tanks and has a number of published researches, papers, and articles.

Baklitskiy, Andrey A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Arms control
Biography :

A Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security at the MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry, a Consultant at PIR Center, a member of the Deep Cuts Commission and expert at Valdai Club International. He has previously served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, PIR Center «Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation» Program Director and the Editor-in-Chief of monthly e-bulletin “Yaderny Kontrol” (“Nuclear Control”). Mr. Baklitskiy was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2019-2020. He taught courses on nuclear nonproliferation and emerging technologies at the MGIMO University and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He regularly contributes to Russian and international media and has authored numerous articles and reports. Mr. Baklitskiy graduated from the Urals Federal University with a specialist diploma in regional studies. His expertise includes nuclear arms control, nuclear non-proliferation, Iranian nuclear program, and US-Russian strategic relations. 09/20

Countryman, Thomas image
Affiliation : United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation
Biography :

Thomas M. Countryman is a graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis and has studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He was at the United States National Security Council 1997-98 as Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs with responsibility for the region stretching from Morocco to Syria.In 1999 through 2000, he was Director of the State Department's Office of South Central European Affairs. He was then briefly Director of the State Department's Office of United Nations Political Affairs. He was then the Foreign Policy Advisor of General James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, from 2008 to 2009.

In 2009-10, he was the State Department's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, and in 2010-11 Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs with responsibility for Balkan affairs.

Ulyanov Mikhail Ivanovich image
Affiliation : Director, Department for non-proliferation and arms control, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Expertise :
Political and military aspects of international security
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Russian nuclear policy
Foreign policy of the Russian Federation
Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
Nuclear disarmament
Biography :

Director of Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. 1980 - graduated from Moscow State Institute of History and Archives. Speaks English. Diplomatic rank - Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Married, has a daughter. Since 1980 worked in the Department of International Relations of the MFA in Moscow, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in New York, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels. 2002-2004 - Head of Division of the Department of International Relations. 2004-2011 - Deputy Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament. 2004-2006 - Head of the Bilateral Implementation Commission of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on Strategic Offensive Reductions. 2006-2011 - Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation to the Vienna Negotiations on Military Security and Arms Control. March 2011- April 2014 - Director of Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament. Since April 2014 - Director of Department for non-proliferation and arms control.

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