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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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Recently, the threats of weaponization of outer space have been increasingly backed by both the doctrinal documents of several countries, first of all the United States, and the material content, which in turn is being formed through organizational measures, as well as improving military technical c...

After U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty it has become obvious that nearly fifty years old history of nuclear arms control is coming to its end.  
The New START treaty is set to expire on February 5, 2021 and there is little doubt that it will be the end of it. It could be extended if both countries...

Strategic stability in its classical sense – understood as a state of US-Russian relations under which neither side has incentives to launch a first nuclear strike – was developed during the Cold War. Such stability is achieved by “seeking agreements that improve survivability, remove incentives for...

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A student of the International Relations Department, the Lobachevsky State University in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, she trained at the PIR Center between July 21 and November 14, 2003. She took part in the Second International Conference on Problems of Nonproliferation held in Moscow. As part of her internship she prepared a report entitled “Russia and Scandinavia, an Extension of the Global Partnership Program” and presented its results at the seminar held on October 29, 2003.

City : Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Affiliation : MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Position : Lecturer in international relations at the University of world economy and diplomacy
Biography :

Lecturer in international relations at the University of world economy and diplomacy of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Coordinator, researcher of the EU project in the framework of the programme "Erasmus + IMEP: internationalization and modernization processes of higher education in the Republic of Uzbekistan". Graduated from the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies (2014), the University of world economy and diplomacy (2016). Participant training, conferences and seminars in Austria, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and China. Research interests: modern processes in the Middle East, foreign and domestic policies of Saudi Arabia, regional security, the Islamic factor in world politics, regional integration in Central Asia, energy and food security in Central Asia. Fluent in English, Arabic and Urdu language.

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City : Kanibadam, Tajikistan
Biography :

- Participant in the 2007 Global Security Summer School Program 

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City : Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Affiliation : Diplomatic Academy of the Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, magister
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Ruslan has completed his Master’s Programm in “European and International Law” at the University of Saarland in Germany. He holds BA in international relations from the Kyrgyz-Turkish “Manas” University. In 2011 he has interned in International Republican Institute in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). His research interests are legal aspects of international security, international relations and democratic processes in Central Asia. Ruslan speaks English, Turkish, German and Russian languages. PIR Center intern in 2013

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City : Tokyo
Affiliation : Director of the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at Japan Institute of International Affairs.
Biography :

He has served as Consul-General in Boston, as Ambassador to Austria and Saudi Arabia, and as a diplomat for the Japanese government, the UN, and other international organizations in Washington, D.C., Geneva, Tel Aviv, New York, Manila, and Bern. Between 2003 and 2006, he was Under Secretary General of the UN for Disarmament Affairs, and he was also a member of the Advisory Board to the International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament and Director-General for Arms Control and Science Affairs in Tokyo. Amb. Abe has taught international relations and arms control at Sophia and Tokyo Universities and has published numerous papers on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.

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City : Almaty, Kazakhstan
Affiliation : Senior Research Associate, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
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Dauren Aben holds a Master’s in International Relations from Kainar University, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and a Master’s in International Policy Studies and certificates in nonproliferation studies, conflict resolution, and commercial diplomacy from the California-based Monterey Institute of International Studies. He previously worked as the executive director of the Almaty office of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), whose monthly newsletter International Export Control Observer he co-edited. He remains affiliated with CNS as the regional representative of its Eurasia Nonproliferation Program. He also serves as the regional representative of the Security Index journal published by the Russian Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center) and is a member of the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s international panel of experts for the Nuclear Materials Security Index. Before joining CNS, Dauren worked as a consultant for the World Bank health and sanitation pilot project in the Aral Sea Region and as a Project Manager for the Giller Institute (JSC Karavan), the Research Group Central Asian Project, and the Kazakhstan Investment Promotion Center KAZINVEST. In addition to nonproliferation and export controls, his research interests cover various aspects of regional security in Central Asia. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Cooperation in Mass Destruction Weapon Nonproliferation and Physical Nuclear Safety since 2012.

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City : Astana, Kazakhstan
Affiliation : Library of the First President of Republic of Kazakhstan – The Leader of the Nation
Position : Head of Service of the international and national programs
Expertise :
National security
Kazakhstan internal development policy
Biography :

PhD in Political Science (2004). In 1994 graduated from Philosophy Department of the Kazakhstan National University. 2008 – internship at the Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (France). In 2008 completed senior management training at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (Honolulu, USA). 2005-2010 – Deputy Director for Science of the Presidential Strategic Studies Institute of Kazakhstan. 2010-2011 – divisional manager at analytics department of the Security Council of Kazakhstan. 2011-2014 – senior information resource and analysis manager at the National Welfare Fund “Samruk-Kazyna”. Since 2014 – Head of Service of the international and national programs of the Library of the First President of Republic of Kazakhstan – The Leader of the Nation. Author of 2 textbooks for graduate students and more than 100 research papers, including 5 multi-authored monograph. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2006.

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Affiliation : Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister of Egypt
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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.


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Prior to becoming Secretary of Energy in 2001, Mr. Abraham served as a United States Senator from Michigan from 1995-2001 where he was the author of 22 pieces of legislation signed into law - an unprecedented accomplishment for a freshman Senator.

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Affiliation : Senior Associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow.
E-mail : jacton@ceip.org
Biography :

Dr. Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cambridge University. His research focuses on developing realistic pathways towards a world without nuclear weapons by strengthening nonproliferation bulwarks and rethinking deterrence. Acton is the author of two studies into deterrence: “Deterrence during Disarmament: Deep Nuclear Reductions and International Security”, and “Low Numbers: a Practical Path to Deep Nuclear Reductions”. He co-chairs the Next Generation Working Group on U.S.-Russia arms control and is the joint UK member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials. He has provided evidence to the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Acton has published in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, Nonproliferation Review, and Survival. From 2007 to 2009 he was a regular contributor to the widely read blog, Arms Control Wonk. E-mail address: jacton@ceip.org

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City : Minsk, Belarus
Biography :

participant of PIR Center Summer School 2009

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Affiliation : Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus
Position : Department of Information,
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Graduated from Economics Department of Moscow State University. 1984 – PhD in Economics. In 1990ies worked at the Moscow Representative Office of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Currently he is an expert of International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UNESCO, OECD. Research interests: comparative analysis of educational systems, economics and statistics in education.

City : Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Affiliation : State Committee on Affairs of Defense of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Position : Chief specialist of the Department of legal Administration Rulemaking
Biography :

Chief specialist of the Department of legal Administration Rulemaking for State Committee on Affairs of Defense of the Kyrgyz Republic. A graduate of the International University of Kyrgyzstan (2013). The Inspector of the State civil service class 1. He graduated from the training of the University of Central Asia. His research interests include public international law, international humanitarian law, international security, international relations. Fluent in English.

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Affiliation : Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Position : Assistant Professor
Expertise :
Nuclear nonproliferation, historical aspects
Nuclear power in the Middle East
Biography :

PhD. in Historical Sciences. Graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1979 and since that time has been working for that Institute as a graduate student, lecturer, senior lecturer, associate professor of the History of international relations and foreign policy Department. Author of the first national course on nonproliferation (MGIMO). Participated as a lecturer in the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute. Author of more than 60 publications in Russia and abroad on the history of international relations, arms control and nonproliferation, including two books of collected documents related to these problems. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

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Born January 01, 1947, in Vienna, Austria, in the family of a Soviet army officer. He left high school in Chelyabinsk in 1965. From 1965 to 1971: student of the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute. Graduation qualification: engineer - physicist, majoring in dosimetry and protection.

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Nobumasa Akiyama, from Hiroshima, received a Bachelor of Law degree from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo in 1990. In 1994, he earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Cornell University in New York. Presently he is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Politics from The Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford.

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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.

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City : Rostov-on-Don
Affiliation : Institute of Sociology and Area Studies, Southern Federal University
Position : Postgraduate student
Biography :

Graduate of the Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don. Participant of "All-Russian Forum on the socialization of foreign students" in Kazan (2015), 4th International Methodological Conference "Issues of teaching philological disciplines to foreign students" in Voronezh (2016), the conference "Foreign student in the context of the changed realities of Russian society" at People's Friendship University of Russia, Moscow (2016). He has several publications in sociology and international relations. Research interests: sociology, area studies and international relations. Languages: Arabic, English, and Russian.

Graduate of Summer school 2016

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City : Rostov-on-Don
Affiliation : Southern Federal University
Position : PhD student of the Institute of Sociology and Area Studies
Biography :

PhD student of the Institute of Sociology and Area Studies, Southern Federal University. A graduate of the Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don. Participant of "All-Russian Forum on the socialization of foreign students" in Kazan (2015), 4th International Methodological Conference "Issues of teaching philological disciplines to foreign students" in Voronezh (2016), the conference "Foreign student in the context of the changed realities of Russian society" at People's Friendship University of Russia, Moscow (2016). He has several publications in sociology and international relations. Research interests: sociology, area studies and international relations.

Languages: Arabic, English, and Russian.

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City : Mexico City, Mexico
Expertise :
Nuclear nonproliferation, historical aspects
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Biography :

Graduate of the first international MA program in WMD Nonproliferation which brought together leading Russian and US institutes – Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MGIMO-University) and Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey, the United States (2016-2018). Previously worked for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Directorate General for the United Nations (2007-2016). Advisor for the Mexican Delegation that participated in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in its 63rd session in New York (2008). He started his career at Mexican MFA as Analyst for Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation Division of the Directorate General for the United Nations (2009-2011), Senior Analyst for Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation Division (2011-2012), Head of the Department of International Security Division (2012-2015) and Deputy Director of International Security Division (2015-2016). His areas of expertise include: nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, historical aspects of nuclear nonproliferation, strategic trade and export controls, multilateral diplomacy. Alain speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and understands basic Russian.

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City : Riyadh
Affiliation : Director of the Department of Research and Studies at King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies.
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City : Belgium
Expertise :
Information security
Cyber security
International aspects of Internet development
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

Alexandra Kulikova has served as Head of Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at ICANN between 2017 and 2020.

She joined ICANN in 2015 as GSE Manager, starting in September 2017 Kulikova led the development and implementation of the ICANN GSE regional projects engaging with various stakeholder groups on a variety of topics regarding the role of ICANN in regional and global internet governance, global DNS security, stability and resiliency issues and DNS industry development.

Prior to ICANN, she ran the research programme on “Global Internet governance and international information security” at PIR Center think-tank. Kulikova sits on the Editorial Board of the Chatham House's Journal of Cyber Policy. She holds an MSc degree (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in media and communication governance and a graduate degree (Hons) from Moscow State Linguistic University in linguistics and intercultural communication.

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Internationally recognized authority on threat assessment in interstate and internal conflicts, with an emphasis on migration, ethnic group relations, and post-Soviet Russia. He is currently the principal investigator of a multiyear international research project on migration and ethnoreligious violence in the Russian Federation funded by the National Science Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His previous projects have been funded by Reuters, NATO, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the U. S. Institute of Peace, the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Pacific Basin Research Center at Harvard University. Has published several books, he extensively publishes in academic journals and in the mainstream media.

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Student of the Master Program in “Political Science” in the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. During 2006 - 2010 studied at the American University in Central Asia, and successfully obtained a BA in European Studies. She has a second specialization in the field of «International Public Law”. Graduated from high school in the city of Osh. She previously worked in the Secretariat of the Investment Council under the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of Kyrgyzstan, United Nations Development Programme and the NGO "Center for American Studies". Research interests: democratization processes in Central Asia, regional integration, international security, ethnic conflict. PIR Center intern in May-July 2011.

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City : Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan
Affiliation : Ministry of Defence in the Republic of Tajikistan
Position : Senior officer at the Treaty and Law Department of the Office of International Military Cooperation
Biography :

Senior officer at the Treaty and Law Department of the Office of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defence, the Republic of Tajikistan. A graduate of the Faculty of Law, the Tajik National University (2005-2010). He participated in a seminar on the topic "Compliance with international humanitarian law in staff work" in Dushanbe (2014). Passed course "Law of Armed Conflict", organized by the Partnership for Peace Center of Turkish Armed Forces (2015). Research interests: military and military-technical cooperation in Eurasia in the new international context, the impact of the situation in the Middle East on the security of the CIS countries, the legal foundations of regional security within CSTO and SCO

Languages: English and Russian.

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City : Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Affiliation : Ministry of Defence, the Republic of Tajikistan
Position : Senior officer at the Treaty and Law Department of the Office of International Military Cooperation
Biography :

A graduate of the Faculty of Law, the Tajik National University (2005-2010). He participated in a seminar on the topic "Compliance with international humanitarian law in staff work" in Dushanbe (2014). Passed course "Law of Armed Conflict", organized by the Partnership for Peace Center of Turkish Armed Forces (2015). Research interests: military and military-technical cooperation in Eurasia in the new international context, the impact of the situation in the Middle East on the security of the CIS countries, the legal foundations of regional security within CSTO and SCO Languages: English and Russian.

Graduate of Summer school 2016

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City : Baku
Affiliation : President of Azerbaijan
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City : Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Biography :

- Participant in the 2007 Global Security Summer School Program

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Affiliation : IAEA
Position : Director General
Biography :

Amano was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, in 1947. He started his studies at the University of Tokyo in 1968. After graduating from the Faculty of Law, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 1972.In 1973–1974, he studied at the University of Franche-Comté and in 1974–1975, at the University of Nice, France. Amano held different posts in the foreign ministry such as the Director of the Science Division and Director of the Nuclear Energy Division in 1993. As a member of the Diplomatic service, he was posted in the Embassies of Japan in Vientiane, Washington and Brussels, in the Delegation of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and was Consul General of Japan in Marseille. In August 2002, he was appointed Director-General for Arms Control and Scientific Affairs, and in August 2004, he was appointed Director-General of the Disarmament, Nonproliferation and Science Department. In 2005, Amano served as the ambassador from Japan to the IAEA. From September 2005 to September 2006, Amano served as the Chairman of the IAEA Board of Governors. On 2 July 2009, he was elected by the Board of Governors as Director General for the IAEA


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Affiliation : Head, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Moscow Bereau
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Club Member since 2011. Hideo Amma was a Correspondent in the Foreign News Division of the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), which he joined in 1990. He was a Foreign Correspondent for NHK in the Vladivostok Bureau from l998-2001, during which he reported on the social, political and economic affairs of the Russian Far East and Mongolia and the influence of Islamic extremists in the former Soviet Union. Since returning to Tokyo in 2001, he continues to report on the region and has produced two highly regarded documentaries on the post 9/11 situation in Central Asia and New York. He speaks English and Russian. Amma graduated from Osaka University with a BA in Russian Affairs. Since 2011 - Head of the Moscow Bureau of the NHK Broadcasting Corporation.

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Affiliation : Center for Political Analysis and Information Security
Position : Director
Biography :

Mr. Andrianov worked as Assistant to the First Vice-Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee; he passed a long-term internship in the Bundestag (CDU/CSU parliamentary group). He is member of the Russian Public Council for international cooperation and public diplomacy, member of the German Council on Foreign Relations, member of the United Nations Association of Germany. Mr. Andrianov chairs Berlin Strategic Partnership Committee in Eurasia. He is a Councilor of the Governor of Novgorod region, an expert of the Public Chamber of Russia. In 2012 Mr. Andrianov participated in the International Summer School on Global Security of the Russian Center for Policy Studies (PIR Сenter). Trialogue Club member since 2014.

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Affiliation : editor of the academic journals review in the Democracy and Governance newsletter published by the research committee on comparative political science of the Russian Association of Political Science
E-mail : angua@gmail.com
Biography :

Member of the UN Association in Bulgaria. Born in 1983. In 2007 Ms. Angelova graduated with honors the faculty of philosophy and political science of the St. Petersburg State University. In 2006 she had an internship in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. Her research interests include Russia’s relations with the European Union, problems of adaptation of the CEE countries after the accession to the EU, and energy security.

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City : Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan
Affiliation : Second Secretary, European Countries Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan (2008)
Biography :

participant of PIR Center Summer School 2008

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City : Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Affiliation : Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, First Secretary
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In 2008-2011 - HM Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Russian Federation.

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Dr Ian Anthony is currently Director of Research and Project Leader at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute where he is also leading the Nonproliferation and Export Control project at the Institute analyzing the national export control systems of European countries. Prior to that, between 2000 and 2002, Dr. Anthony was Chairman of the Nonproliferation and Export Control Working Group within the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes.

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Affiliation : Associate Professor, Head of Department, Nuclear Safety Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
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Doctor of Technical Sciences. Head of Department of Nuclear Safety Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences. Formerly, Head Adviser of Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russian Federation. 2004-2006 - Deputy Head of Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russian Federation. 2003-2004 - Deputy Minister of Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation Double winner of the Kurchatov Prize. Author of more than 50 scientific articles and reports. Participant in the Chernobyl cleanup operation. Research interests: nonproliferation, physical protection, accounting and control of nuclear materials, nuclear submarine dismantlement issues within the program the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Scientific coordinator of the Nonproliferation Project in the RRC Kurchatov Institute. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

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Affiliation : Federal Foreign Office
Position : Head of the Task Force for the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship
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Ambassador. Obtained a Master’s degree in medieval and modern history, Romance languages, economics and philosophy from the University of Cologne (1989). Entered the Foreign Service in 1990. 1992-1993 worked at the Political Directorate-General of the Federal Foreign Office. 1993-1997 served at the German Embassy in Moscow. 1997-1999 – worked at United Nations Policy Division of the Federal Foreign Office. 1999-2005 – Press Division, Federal Foreign Office. In 2002-2005 served as Deputy Spokesperson of the Federal Foreign Office. Worked in German Embassy in London (2005-2006). Served Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Helsinki in 2007-2009. Was Head of Division for the Western Balkans, Federal Foreign Office (2009-2012). Was Special Envoy for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in 2012-2014. In 2014-2015 – Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control. Since February 2015 - Ambassador, Head of the Task Force for the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship.

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Affiliation : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Position : Deputy Minister
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PhD in Economics, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. In 1978 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He served for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the USSR and Russia in various positions at central office and abroad over 30 years. Since 2004 - Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has broad experience in negotiation processes. He was a head of Russian government delegations at negotiations on the Treaty on Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Review of Inhumane Weapons Convention, Elimination of Chemical Weapons Convention, Elimination of Biological Weapons Convention, Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms. He was the head of Russian delegation at the talks with the U.S. on new START treaty. From February 2, 2011 to December 28, 2016 he held the position of a Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation. In this post he oversaw the issues of international military cooperation and organization of contacts between the Ministry of Defence and military agencies of other states. On December 28, 2016 President Vladimir Putin appointed him as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He is currently responsible for the military and political issues. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2000. Member of the SuPR (Sustainable Partnership with Russia) Group since 2009. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Cooperation in Mass Destruction Weapon Nonproliferation and Physical Nuclear Safety since 2012.

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City : Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Affiliation : Second Secretary, Department of International Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
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Affiliation : Acad., Russian Academy of Sciences, Head, Center for International Security, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Historical Sciences. Head of the Center for International Security at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). Member of the research council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation. Head of the research council department on strategic planning at Security Council of Russian Federation. Member of the Carnegie Moscow Center's research council. Author of many monographs, coauthor of over 30 joint publications, numerous analytical papers, articles and booklets on international security, disarmament, and military policy published in Russia and abroad. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

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Affiliation : head of the Department on European Political Studies at the Center for European Integration, Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences
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Dr. Arbatova is also Director of the Center on International Relations at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Europe. Furthermore, she serves as the Director of Policy Studies and Editor at the Committee Russia in the United Europe. She graduated MGIMO in 1973. In November 2003, she was granted the Onassis Foundation Professor fellowship and worked at ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation) on European Security and International Terrorism: The Balkan Connection. Dr. Arbatova received her Ph.D. in History from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations. In 19981999 she was visiting researcher at the Department for Strategic Studies at the Swedish National Defense College.

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City : Buenos Aires
Affiliation : Founder and Chair, Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation (NPSGlobal)
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Founder and Chair, Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation (NPSGlobal), Buenos Aires, Argentina. She developed a managerial career at international organizations such as ExxonMobil Corporation and the Latin American Petrochemical Association, where she held several local and international managerial positions. After she left the company, she became a consultant, specialized in strategies formulation and implementation, new projects, and management of change. Ms. Arguello pursued Defense and Security studies (Master level) at the Escuela de Defensa Nacional, Argentina. As a part of her academic activities, she is currently developing the brand new Regional Postgraduate Course on Disarmament and Nonproliferation, to be launched in 2009. For several years she has been teaching a four-week Seminar on the matter, open to the public. Her former teaching experience also includes topics like Modern Physics and Management, at several universities and institutes. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2010.

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City : Moscow
Affiliation : State Atomic Energy Corporation
Position : Advisor, Directorate for Scientific and Technical Complex, the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom”
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Graduated from Moscow Engineering Physical University (MEPhI). Worked in I.V. Kurchatov National Research Institute.  Worked in IAEA as an expert. Participated in elaborating of nuclear research reactors in Russia and abroad.

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City : Erevan, Armenia
Affiliation : Noravank Scientific Educational Foundation
Position : Deputy Executive Director
Biography :

Assistant at Department of Law and Political Science. PhD student of the Department of Political institutions and processes, Faculty of International Relations, Yerevan State University. A graduate of the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia (2015), the Yerevan School of Political Studies of the Council of Europe (2009-2010), Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Logistics Department (2002-2004), Armenian State University of Economics (former Yerevan State Institute of Economics) (1997-2002). Research interests: national security, analytics in the field of public policy. Languages: English and Russian.

Graduate of Summer school 2016

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City : Yerevan
Affiliation : Yerevan State University
Position : Deputy Executive Director in Research and Educational Foundation "Noravank". Assistant at Department of Law and Political Science.
Biography :

Deputy Executive Director in Research and Educational Foundation "Noravank". Assistant at Department of Law and Political Science. PhD student of the Department of Political institutions and processes, Faculty of International Relations, Yerevan State University. A graduate of the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia (2015), the Yerevan School of Political Studies of the Council of Europe (2009-2010), Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Logistics Department (2002-2004), Armenian State University of Economics (former Yerevan State Institute of Economics) (1997-2002). Research interests: national security, analytics in the field of public policy. Languages: English and Russian.

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Civilian military analyst and political commentator from Pakistan.

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Doctoral Student and Research Assistant in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

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Affiliation : Embassy of Bulgaria
Position : Assistant to the Defense Attache
Biography :

Club Member since 2013. Assistant to Defense Attache of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria

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City : Oslo, Norway
Affiliation : Prof., Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Biography :

In 1979 graduated from Moscow State University (Political Geography) and worked in a research institute of the USSR Ministry of Defence. After receiving PhD in International Relations from the Institute of USA and Canada (Moscow) in 1988, he worked at the Institute of Europe (Moscow) until October 1992, when he joined PRIO. In 1995-2001 he was a co-editor of Security Dialogue, a quarterly policy-oriented journal produced at PRIO, and in 2000-2004 he was the head of the Foreign and Security Policies program. Author of several books, among them The Russian Army in a Time of Troubles (London: SAGE, 1996). His articles on the Russian military posture, Russian-European relations, peacekeeping and conflict management in Europe appeared in numerous respected academic journals. Dr. Baev also prepares weekly comments for Eurasia Daily Monitor. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2007.

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City : Moscow, Russia
Position : international journalist
City : Kurchatov, Kazakhstan
Affiliation : national nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Position : Deputy Chief of physical protection and safety branch of the Institute of Atomic Energy
Biography :

Deputy Chief of physical protection and safety branch of the Institute of Atomic Energy national nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Scientific Magistracy student research nuclear University MEPHI. A graduate of the Military Academy of the armed forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2002). Participated in seminars and conferences on the subject of nuclear weapons, as well as in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the pilot project of Central Asia to establish the first centre of transport control, intended for satellite monitoring and control radioactive transport and in the development of legislative and normative-legal documents of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of physical protection of nuclear facilities and nuclear materials. Research interests: nuclear security, information security and continuity of the functioning of the systems for the physical protection of nuclear facilities, satellite monitoring and control radioactive shipments, ensuring physical protection when transporting nuclear materials and sources of ionizing radiation. Speaks English, German and Kazakh.

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City : Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Biography :

- Participant in the 2007 Global Security Summer School Program

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City : Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Biography :

- Participant in the 2007 Global Security Summer School Program

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City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Associate Science Officer, Center of Middle East studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
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City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Arms control
Biography :

Analyst at the Institute of International Studies 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. 07/20

City : Echmiadzin, Armenia
Affiliation : Consulate of the Republic of Armenia in Aleppo
Position : Consul General
Biography :

Consul General Consulate of the Republic of Armenia in Aleppo. Post-graduate student of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia. A graduate of the MFA of the Republic of Armenia diplomatic school (2014), the judiciary (2013) and undergraduate (2009) of Yerevan State University. He served in the armed forces of Armenia. Took a course on communication in crisis and diplomatic training programme. Research interests: Syrian conflict. Fluent in English and Turkish languages.

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City : Yerevan, Armenia
Affiliation : Department of Press, Information and Public Relations, MFA of the Republic of Armenia
Position : Attaché
Biography :

Graduate of the Armenian Diplomatic School (2014). Had numerous internships at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia. She took part in the conference "High Diplomacy: Prospects and Challenges". Author of several articles on international security. Languages: English, Russian, and French.

Graduate of Summer school 2016

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City : Yerevan, Armenia
Affiliation : MFA of the Republic of Armenia
Position : Attaché at the Department of Press, Information and Public Relations
Biography :

Attaché at the Department of Press, Information and Public Relations, MFA of the Republic of Armenia. A graduate of the Armenian Diplomatic School (2014). Had numerous internships at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia. She took part in the conference "High Diplomacy: Prospects and Challenges". Author of several articles on international security.

Languages: English, Russian, and French.

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Affiliation : Internal troops, Ministry of Interior of Russia
Position : Сommander-in-chief
Biography :

General of Army. In 1970 he graduated from the Leningrad Higher Military Command School, in 1980 - the Military Academy named after M.V. Frunze, in 1990 - the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the USSR. In 1982-1988 he served in the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the USSR Armed Forces  on the leading positions. Since 1990 - deputy head direction, head in the direction of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff. In 1993-1995 - Chief of the Staff and First Deputy Commander of the Group of Russian Forces in the Transcaucasus. From June 1995 - Head of Department, Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. From August 1997 - Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff - First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. In July 2001 he was First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. In July 2004 bacme Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, First Deputy Minister of Defense. In November 2004 he was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the CIS. In the 2008-2012 period. Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

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City : Vladivostok
Affiliation : Center for International Maritime Studies, Maritime State University named after Admiral G.I. Nevelskiy
Position : Researcher
Biography :

Reporter and editor of the geopolitics section of the informational and analytical publication "Sluju Otechestvu" (“Serving Motherland”). PhD student with concentration "History and Political Science" at Maritime State University named after Admiral G.I. Nevelskoy. Research interests: regional security in Northeast Asia, nuclear non-proliferation, the Korean peninsula, North Korea's foreign and domestic policy, missile and nuclear program of the DPRK; problems of economic, energy, military and political cooperation in the Northeast Asian region; Russia's national interests. Languages: English, Russian, and Chinese.

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City : Vladivostok, Russia
Affiliation : Maritime State University named after Admiral G.I. Nevelskoy
Position : Researcher at the Center for International Maritime Studies
Biography :

Researcher at the Center for International Maritime Studies, Maritime State University named after Admiral G.I. Nevelskoy. Reporter and editor of the geopolitics section of the informational and analytical publication "Sluju Otechestvu" (“Serving Motherland”). PhD student with concentration "History and Political Science" at Maritime State University named after Admiral G.I. Nevelskoy. Research interests: regional security in Northeast Asia, nuclear non-proliferation, the Korean peninsula, North Korea's foreign and domestic policy, missile and nuclear program of the DPRK; problems of economic, energy, military and political cooperation in the Northeast Asian region; Russia's national interests.

Languages: English, Russian, and Chinese.

 

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City : Atlanta, USA
Biography :

Born and raised in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Has MS in Project Management from New England College/NH and MA in teaching English/German from Dushanbe Pedagogical University. From 1993 to 1997 Inna worked as a translator, Interpreter and office assistant at UN, Agha Khan Foundation amd OSCE Mission to Tajikistan. Between 1997 and 2003 worked at the OSCE/ODIHR as a Senior Administrative Assistant in Warsaw/Poland. Web Officer and Consultant at Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP) – Geneva/Switzerland (2005 – 2007). Since 2008 Inna is a consultant at the Multichoice Group and Russian-American Business Alliance.

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Affiliation : Acad., Russian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Directorate, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
Biography :

Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of History. Since 1973 worked for the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) RAS. Since 1998 - Deputy Director of the IMEMO. Full professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Russian MFA. In 1992-1996, manager of a project in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sweden). PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

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Biography :

Born June 15, 1943. Education: Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI). Doctor of technical sciences. 1987-1991: professor of the Chair of Air-Breathing Jet Engines, MAI.

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Position : Russian President's Special Envoy to Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Biography :

Holds Ph.D. in Historical Sciences. In 1989 he has graduated from the Moscow State Institute majoring in International Relations. From 1989 he worked in the Foreign Ministry. Previously served as a Minister-Counsellor at the Russian Embassy in Indonesia and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Cooperation Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He has numerous publications related to the Asia-Pacific region, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Russian-Chinese relations, China's history, culture and foreign policy. He is fluent in English and Chinese.

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City : Iran, Tehran
Affiliation : Director, Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies
Position : Director
Biography :

Ph.D.  in International Relations from Islamic Azad University in Tehran. Has a B.S. in Political Science from Tehran University, an M.S. in Political Science from Shahid Beheshti University. 2002-2003 - Post-doctorate Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. 2007-2011 - Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (Project on Managing the Atom/international Security Program). Since 2010 - a Research Associate at the MIT Center for International Studies. Currently - a Director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (IMESS) in Tehran and a faculty member and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University. Participated in numerous international conferences on Iran's regional policy, the politics of Iran’s nuclear program, Iran-U.S. relations, and Iran-Arabs relations. The Editor-in-Chief of Discourse: An Iranian English Quarterly. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2015.

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Affiliation : the Institute for the History of Science and Technology (IHST), Russian Academy of Sciences
Position : Director
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Biography :

Mr. Bayadilov was born in the Severo-Kazakhstansky Oblast of the USSR in 1946. He graduated in 1970 from the Urals Polytechnic Institute in Yekaterinburg, specializing in experimental nuclear physics. Completed graduate work in 1976 at the P.N. Lebedev Institute of Physics. He is a Candidate in Physics and Mathematical Sciences and has published nearly 60 scientific works.

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Biography :

Beck heads the Center’s research program on export control, which includes projects evaluating both national export control systems and multilateral export control regimes. Dr. Beck has published widely on export control and Russian strategic trade and security policy.

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Affiliation : Information Culture
Position : Director
Biography :

Since 1999 has been working in IT: started with the basics of Unix Server Administration, and then as a developer, is currently a director and co-founder of non-profit partnership Information Culture. Director of Linked Open Data in W3C Russia (international organization for standardization). Written public projects RosGosZatraty, Public revenues, Goslyudi, The State and its information and many others. Co-founder of the Foundation for Democracy and Development e-Russian competition Apps4Russia, member of the working group fund Open Knowledge Foundation in the direction of open government data. In 2011, won the award in the field of social and political journalism Power N4, in 2012 - the winner of pressZvanie in the "zone of special attention." 

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City : Astana, Kazakhstan
Biography :

participant of PIR Center Summer School 2007

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City : Minsk, Belarus
Affiliation : Attaché, Department of International Security and Arms Control, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus
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City : Volgograd, Russia
Affiliation : Lecturer, Volzhsky Institute of Humanities
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City : Moscow
Affiliation : Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Russian Federation
Position : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Ambassador at Large
Biography :

Grigory V. BERDENNIKOV, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). 1993-1998 served as a Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva,  Switzerland. In 1992-1993 and 1999-2001 was in office for Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. 1998-1999 Director, Department of Security and Disarmament Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. 2001-2007 Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International organizations in Vienna, Austria. Representative of the Russian Federation in the IAEA Board of Governors since 2003. Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation since 2007.

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City : Moscow
Affiliation : Senior Advisor, Nuclear Materials Security Program, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
Position : Director
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Nuclear terrorism
Biography :

Berls served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of colonel. During the 1980s he served as air attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He served as special assistant to the Secretary of Energy for Russia/NIS programs, during the first Clinton Administration. Before joining NTI, he was vice president for business development and government relations for a U.S. oil company. Having joined NTI in its first year, Berls has directed or helped manage all of NTI's projects in Russia that have addressed nuclear, chemical and biological threats. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Cooperation in Mass Destruction Weapon Nonproliferation and Physical Nuclear Safety since 2012.

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Biography :

Andrew Bieniawski currently serves as the Executive Director of the Department of Energy Moscow Office at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. Mr. Bieniawski has been in this position since August 2001. In his current position, Mr. Bieniawski is responsible for providing in-country leadership and coordination of DOE’s nonproliferation and energy programs in Russia.

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Affiliation : Department of Modern History and International Relations, Tyumen State University
Expertise :
Middle East
Nuclear disarmament
Biography :

Graduate of Tyumen State University. Specialist in International Relations. Lecturer and post-graduate student of the Chair for Modern History and International Relations of Tyumen State University since 2009. The topic of the thesis: “The issue of Jewish settlements in Palestine territories in Israeli-American relations (1967-1993)”. Lectured university courses: “History of International Relations and Russia’s Foreign Policy”, “Modern Conflicts and their settlement”, “International organizations and integration”, “NATO”. In 2009, was an intern of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Participated in the X International Summer School on Global Security of PIR Center in 2010, Winter Methodological Institute of International Relations-2011 (“Bogaturov’s school”) in 2011, three summer schools on nuclear nonproliferation organized by SIPRI and Swedish Radiation Safety Authority in Tomsk in 2008-2010, VII Annual Seminar of Tel-Aviv University on the Middle East in 2012. Research area: peace process in the Middle East, Israeli settlements issue, reduction of tactical nuclear weapons. PIR Center intern in February-May, 2013.

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City : Stokholm
Biography :

Politician, diplomat. From 2000 to 2003 served as Head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC); in 1987-1997 – as the Director General of IAEA; in 1978-1979 – as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. From 1961 to 1981 Hans Blix was a member of the Swedish delegation to the UN General Assembly. From 1962 to 1978 He was a member of the Swedish delegation at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Hans Blix obtained law degree at Cambridge (UK), and the Universities of Uppsala (Sweden) and Columbia (USA), received the degree of Doctor of Law at Stockholm University (Sweden).

City : Saint Petersburg, Russia
Affiliation : St. Petersburg State University
Position : Associate Professor, Department of theory and history of international relations, Faculty of international relations
Biography :

Cand. East. Sciences. Associate Professor, Department of theory and history of international relations, Faculty of international relations, St. Petersburg State University. A graduate of the History Department at St. Petersburg State University (2004). Research interests: foreign and defense policy of France in the XIXthXXth centuries, Franco-German relations, international arms control regimes. He speaks English, French and German.

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Biography :

In 2006 participated in PIR Center International Summer School, PIR Center intern from January till July, 2007. Graduated from Volgograd State University, department of History and International Relations. Received his second degree in economics (department of economics and management of the Volgograd State Technical University). Currently he is a postgraduate student of Department of Regional Studies and International Relations at the Volgograd State University. His research interests include geopolitics of the Caspian region in the post-Soviet era, US policy in the Caspian region, the role of American think tanks in shaping US policy in the Caspian.

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Affiliation : Secretary-General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF)
Biography : Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1981 and the Higher School of Economics in 1998. Appointed Soviet attache in Algeria in 1981, in charge of bilateral trade and energy relations. In 1983–1994 served as the Second Secretary at the Department for Pan-European Cooperation of the Soviet Foreign Ministry, in charge of Russia's accession to the Council of Europe and the work of the Russian delegation at the Council. Starting from 1994 held senior jobs in the commercial and banking sector. From 2001 and until his election as GECF Secretary-General served as First Vice President of the Russian oil and gas engineering company Stroytransgaz.
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Biography :

Born October 1, 1941. Education: Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University La Sapienza, 1965; Degree in Nuclear Engineering, University La Sapienza.

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City : Moscow, Russia
Biography :

participant of PIR Center Summer School 2009

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Affiliation : Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament.
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Joined the diplomatic service in 1975. Held various diplomatic posts in Moscow and abroad (Thailand, Slovakia, Austria). Head of the Fourth CIS Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry in 1999–2002. Russian Ambassador to Slovakia in 2002–2004. Russia's Permanent Representative at the OSCE in Vienna. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in  2008 - 2011. Since 5 December 2011 - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament.

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City : Kiev, Ukraine
Affiliation : Directorate of Arms Control and Military & Technical Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
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City : Kiev, Ukraine
Affiliation : Research Associate, Institute of International Relations, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev
Biography :

participant of PIR Center Summer School 2008

City : Donetsk, Ukraine
Affiliation : Donetsk National University
Position : Студентка бакалавриата
Biography :

Undergraduate student of Donetsk National University. Member of the student scientific society of historical faculty. In 2013-2014 Gg. volunteer youth organisation Face Me. In 2016, she worked as an interviewer in the sociological Center of special status. Research interests: international relations, diplomacy, integration processes, conflict studies, political science. Speaks English, German, Spanish, and Ukrainian languages.

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Affiliation : Professor of International Relations of the State University – Higher School of Economic (Russia), Department of World Politics; Senior Researcher of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies; Visiting Professor of the Stanford Overseas Studies Program in Moscow
Biography :

Graduated from the Leningrad State University in 1984. He has over 40 academic publications on international relations and security.

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City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern
Biography :

Student of RANEPA. He is currently a student at Brigham Young University, where he studies Russian. His studies have focused on the defense policies of Eastern Europe.  His research interests include air war doctrine and asymmetrical warfare.  He is the Vice President of Praemon, a student publication that conducts security forecasting and analysis.

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