The Role of the Women in the Areas of Nuclear Nonproliferation, Disarmament and Global Security: the Case Study of Russia image

Are our sex and gender so important for professional development in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament and can they become an obstacle in the XXI century? The goal of this research paper is to study the role of the Russian women in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation, disarmam...

Way Out of the Arms Control Pandemic image

This research paper attempts to place nuclear disarmament and arms control in the context of the sustainable development agenda. In particular, the paper examines the possibility of applying the experience and specific mechanisms of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to create new incentives for nuclear arms c...


PIR Center conducted an interview with Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, Senior Advisor on International Relations to the Leader of the Opposition and Daily FT Columnist (Colombo, Sri Lanka). Since March 2022, Dayan Jayatilleka has been a member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.

In an interview with him, we ...

In an Vladimir Orlov's interview, director of PIR Center, with Jorge Ferrer, a journalist of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the issues of the risks of using nuclear weapons against the background of the Ukrainian conflict are touched upon. We also talked about how the Chekhov rifle differs from nu...

PIR Center conducted an interview with Professor Mustafa Kibaroglu, Ph.D in International Relations, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences at the MEF University in Istanbul, a PIR Center Advisory Board member. We discussed the possibility of exporting U.S. nuclear tec...

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Trialogue Club International

Buzhinskiy, Evgeny P. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : Co-Chair of the Trialogue Club International
Biography :

Lieutenant-General (Retired), Ph.D. Military Sciences. In the Armed Services since 1968. Graduated from the Military Institute of Foreign Languages, M.V. Frunze Military academy. 1976-1992 – served in different positions in the General Staff of the USSR and Russian Federation. From 1992 to 2002 – served in positions of: Senior Officer, Deputy Head of Direction, Head of Direction, Deputy Head of Department, Head of the International Treaties Department of  the Russian Ministry of Defense. Promoted to the rank of Major-General in 2000, to the rank of Lt.-General – in 2003. In 2002 he was appointed on the position of Head of the International Treaties Department – Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of International Military Cooperation of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. Retired from active duty in 2009. In 2009-2017 - PIR Center Consultant, then Senior vice-president. PIR Center's Chairman of the Executive Board since 2014. From 2016 – Associate professor and Head of Center for Applied Political-Military Research of School of World Politics, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University.  Deputy CEO of "Vega Radio Engineering Corporation" from  2009 to 2018. Vice-President of Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).  Expertise: arms control, political and military aspects of international security, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, military use of the outer space, Russia-NATO, Russia-U.S., Russia-China relations.

Chernenko, Elena V. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : Special correspondent, Kommersant Publishing House, Co-Chair of the Trialogue Club International
Biography :

Elena graduated from Moscow State University in 2005 and later went on to get her Ph.D. in History. In journalism since 2003. She worked as a correspondent for the Germany desk and as a radio broadcast host for the Russian government’s radio broadcasting service Voice of Russia. She has also been a correspondent for the newspaper Moskauer Deutsche Zeitung, the wire service EurActiv, and the magazine Russian Newsweek. Elena’s professional interests include cyber security and diplomacy, arms control and disarmament, and Russian foreign policy in general. She speaks Russian, English and German. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2013. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012. Member of the Executive Board of the PIR Center. Member of the Board of the Council on Foreign and Defense Relations (SVOP).


Corporate Club member since 2018. Office of the Military Attache at the Embassy of the Republic of Austria in Russia.


Club Member since 2017. Embassy of Finland in the Russian Federation


Corporate Club member since 2017. Embassy of Finland. Defence Attache Office 


germany_f.gifCorporate Club member since 2012. Embassy of Germany in the Russian Federation


Corporate Club member since 2015. Embassy of Italy in the Russian Federation


Flag of Japan Corporate Club member. Embassy of Japan to Russia.


Corporate Club Member since 2002. Defence Attache Office, The Embassy of Switzerland in the Russian Federation


Corporate Club Member since 2013. Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Russian Federation


Corporate Club member since 2015. Regional delegation for the Russian Federation, Belarus and Moldova. International Committee of the Red Cross.

The International Committee of the Red Cross is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.

Karnaukhova, Elena A. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : Executive Secretary of the Trialogue Club International
  • E-mail : [email protected]
Biography :

Assistant to Director on Special Projects & Education and Training Program Coordinator, PIR Center. Holds bachelor’s and master’s honours degrees in International Relations with major International Security from the School of World Politics of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2018, 2020). In 2015-2018 was the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper «Non Paper» of the MSU School of World Politics. Since 2020 has been a 1-year post-graduate student and the coordinator of Master program on International Security of the MSU School of World Politics. Interned in State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (2015), Russian Parliamentarian Club (2015), Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation (2017), Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (2016, 2018), Trade Delegation of Russia in the UK (2017, 2018), JSC Russian Export Center. In 2020-2021 worked as an Analyst, International Development, in Russian Export Center. Academic interests: geopolitics in Central Asia, new world order, military-political cooperation, theory of military-political coalitions, arms control, nuclear factor in international relations, international security and Russian foreign policy, applied international analysis

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  • Affiliation : Marcuard Heritage, Managing Director
Biography :

Individual Club member since 2013.
Michael Kunzi is a financial services professional with fifteen years of banking  and management experience with UBS AG and Lombard Odier & Cie. In June 2013, Michael joined Marcuard Heritage Group, a Swiss asset manager. Michael holds a PHD in Russian language and literature from the University of Bern. He has lived in Moscow since 2000, is married and has a son.

Naumkin Vitaly V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Prof., Acad., Russian Academy of Sciences, Academic Director, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Biography :

PhD in History, Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1968, he graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology of the Institute of Asian and African countries of Moscow State University (later Institute of Oriental Languages), where he specialized in the study of the history of Arab countries and the Arabic language. In 1966-1967, he had an interned at Cairo University and  American University in Cairo (Egypt). In 1968-1970 he served as an officer in the Soviet Army, taught at the Military Institute of Foreign Languages of the Defense Ministry. Since 1972, he began teaching medieval history of the Arab world, Islamic studies and modern political development of the Arab countries in the IAAC MSU. In 1972-1977, worked at the Graduate School of Social Sciences in the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen. Twenty years of his career devoted to the Institute of Oriental Studies under the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he was the Head of Department of the Arab Countries, then served as Deputy Director of the Institute, and throughout 1994-2009 – Head of the Center for Arab Studies. He is also President of a non-profit NGO “Center for Strategic and Political Studies,” Editor-in-chief of the “Vostok/ORIENS” journal, member of the advisory Scientific Council under the Security Council of Russia. He leads the Department of Regional Studies at the Faculty of World Politics at Moscow State University. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2018.

Orlov, Vladimir A. image
  • City : Moscow
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Founder & Director
  • E-mail : [email protected]
Biography :

Current positions:

- Founder & Director, PIR Center

- President, Trialogue Club International

Professor, Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO University)

- Co-Founder & Academic Supervisor, International Dual Degree MA Program in Nonproliferation & Global Security Studies, MGIMO University


Biography in brief:

Dr. Orlov is an expert in international security and Russia’s foreign policy. His areas of research include major threats and challenges to international security, primarily, nuclear nonproliferation.

In 1994, Dr. Orlov founded PIR Center, a private think tank dealing with international security and Russia’s foreign policy issues, now a leading Russian and international research and publishing nongovernmental organization in this area. Dr. Orlov is currently PIR Center’s Director; member of its Executive Board; and Director of the Center’s Nonproliferation and Russia Program.

In 1994, Dr. Orlov launched the first Russian journal on nonproliferation issues, Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control). In 2007 the journal was developed into Security Index (Indeks Bezopasnosti), with both Russian and global (English-language) editions. Altogether, 112 issues of the journal were produced with Dr. Orlov’s leadership as its editor-in-chief. Currently, Security Index continues as Occasional Paper Series, with Sr. Orlov as its Editor.

In 1994 and later during 1999-2002, Dr. Orlov, while continuing his work in Moscow, was a Visiting Scholar and Senior Research Associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. In 2001-2002, the U.N. Secretary-General appointed Dr. Orlov as a U.N. consultant on disarmament and nonproliferation education. In 2004, Dr. Orlov became a professor at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), a position he kept until 2008, when he decided to concentrate on the development of Center russe d’études politiques in Geneva, an association which he led for twelve years (2006-2018).

Since 1995, Dr. Orlov took part in the work of all NPT Review Conferences. Since 2010, as a member of the Russian delegation, he has been participated at the NPT Review Conferences (2010, 2015) and the sessions of the Preparatory Committee for Review Conferences.

Starting 2008, Dr. Orlov has been working on the concept of BRIC, later BRICS, and its development, particularly on its peace and security basket. He is a member of the Russian National Committee for BRICS Studies Research Council and participated in several BRICS Academic Forums.

Since 2014, Dr. Orlov is the Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Dr. Orlov is President of the Trialogue Club International, which he founded in 1993.

Dr. Orlov participates in the activity of several international centers and groups in the sphere of international security. He is a member of the Russian Council of Foreign and Defense Policy; of the International Nuclear Energy Academy (INEA); and of the Washington Quarterly Editorial Board (since 2005). Dr. Orlov served as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Nuclear Security at the World Economic Forum (2014-2016); and of the Advisory Board of the Government of the Russian Federation (2014-2019). For four years (2015-2018) Dr. Orlov served at the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

In 2018, Dr. Orlov was awarded a medal “For the contribution to the international cooperation” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Dr. Orlov is constantly engaged in teaching and educational activities, giving lectures and expert comments on Russian foreign policy and on nuclear nonproliferation within Russia and abroad. His initiative culminated in establishment (in 2016) of the International Dual Degree MA Program in Nonproliferation and Global Security Studies – a joint project by the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO University), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and PIR Center. Currently he serves as academic supervisor of the program. Dr. Orlov is Professor at MGIMO University. He is executive editor and co-author of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Textbook in two volumes.

Dr. Orlov is author of more than a dozen books and monographs and more than three hundred research papers, articles, and essays. He publishes his views in Russian and foreign periodicals including International Affairs (Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn’), Russia in Global Affairs, Security Index, and the Washington Quarterly. He runs a column at Kommersant, a leading Russian policy daily newspaper as well he regularly addresses Russian TV audience at the Great Game TV show of the Russian Channel 1.

Dr. Orlov speaks English and Spanish. His hobbies include Russian classical literature, theatre, hiking in the mountains, and bicycle touring in the tropics. He is a passionate world traveler. Together with his wife Tatyana, he crossed 16,000 km by car across Russia towards lake Baikal, around it, and back, also crossed the United States by car from the Atlantic to the Pacific, hiked in western Madagascar, explored eastern Bhutan, took a canoe trip into Venezuelan rainforest, reconstructed Count Alexander Suvorov’s 1799 Alpine Crossing of Switzerland, and recently completed round-the-world trip visiting over 30 remote islands and archipelagos of which he is currently writing his new book.

Dr. Orlov’s is on Twitter (Orlov_pircenter) on professional matters (in English), and on Facebook (VladimirAOrloff) as well as on his own web site, mostly in Russian, with a mix of his professional expertise and travel-related experiences.

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Corporate Club member.


norway.jpgCorporate Club Member since 2000. Royal Norwegian Embassy in the Russian Federation

Sumsky Victor V. image
  • City : Moscow, Russia
  • Affiliation : Director, ASEAN Center, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2012. Director of the ASEAN Center at the Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations (MGIMO-U), and Chief Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, RAS. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2012. Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2018.

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  • Affiliation : Embassy of Israel
  • Position : Adviser
Biography :

Individual Club Member since 2021. Yifat Amedy is a Minister Counsellor at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Has been working at the Israeli Embassy in Moscow for Middle Eastern and Strategic Affairs since August 2017. Ms. Amedy holds the career rank of a Minister Counselor in the Foreign Service since October 2019.