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...

The Middle East remains one of the zones of high tension and instability in the contemporary world. Today, new challenges – e.g., international terrorism, the crises in Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and Syria – are adding to the old and deeply rooted problems created by the Arab-Israeli conflict. The un...

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City : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Position : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Argentina
Biography :

Ph.D. in History. Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990. From 1993 to1996 served as the Second Secretary at the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. From 1996 to 2000 – First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN. From 2000 to 2004 – First Secretary, Counselor of the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. From 2004 to 2010 – Counselor, Senior Counselor and Head of the Political Office at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN. In May-September 2010 served as Head of the Counter-Terrorism Department of the Department on New Challenges and Threats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Argentina since 2018. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2012.

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Affiliation : Cuban journalist and writer
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He graduated MGIMO and the Havana University. He is the author of many novels and short stories, including Minimal Bildung (Miami, 2001). His work about cultural relations of Cuba and the Soviet Union – “Around the Sun: The Adventures of a Wayward Satellite” - was included in the collection Caviar with Rum: Cuba-U.S.S.R and the post-Soviet Experience (Palgrave, is ready for printing). He translated into Spanish the works by Ivan Bunin, Mikhail Kuraev, Ilya Erenburg and many others. For his translations of the Russian literature he was rewarded in 2009 by the Boris Yeltsin Foundation.

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City : Moscow
Expertise :
Political and military aspects of international security
Russian-US security relations
Nuclear disarmament
International security policy of the Russian Federation
Arms control
Biography :

PhD in philosophy (thesis on "Security Culture", 2009). In 2006 graduated from Omsk State University (specialist degree in regional studies and German language interpreter diploma). In 2010 - Fellow of the Confucius Institute (6-month language training at the University of Heihe, 黑河学院, China). In 2013-2017 worked as editor of "Russia Confidental" exclusive analitics bulletin released in Russian and English. In 2012 stayed as guest researcher with Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Programme at SIPRI. In 2010-2011 worked as senior lecturer at State and Municipal Management Department in Omsk State Technical University. In 2011-2016 was a core group member of the Project on Strategic Stability Evaluation (POSSE) of James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy of Georgia Tech, USA. Author of publications and member of editorial board of a textbook on nuclear non-proliferation (Tomsk, 2011). In 2007-2008 - head of the Project on "Developing new approaches to nuclear non-proliferation" in TSU based on a grant of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. In 2007, took a course on nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation of the European Safeguards Research and Development Association (Ispra, Italy). In 2006-2008 - graduate of International Summer Schools on nuclear non-proliferation. Research interests include: strategic culture, arms control, Russia-US and Russia-NATO strategic dialogue. 06/17

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City : Tripoli (Libya)
Affiliation : Independent Libyan Academic, Journalist
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Middle East
Biography :

As of November 2011 Mustafa is a consultant to IHS Global Insight; a UK based information Analysis Company. Mustafa Fetouri is a Libyan academic and award winning journalist. A gifted public speaker and MENA region expert; Mustafa received his education in Europe; starting his undergraduate studies in the American university, Greece, and finishing his post graduate education in Maastricht, The Netherlands where he graduated from Maastricht School of Management. After his graduates he spent few years working at the same school, particularly in its outreach MBA programs. In this capacity he taught and run training programs in over dozen countries including: Egypt, China, Malaysia, Jordan, Libya, and at home campus in Maastricht, The Netherlands. As a freelance journalist and Op-Ed writer he won EU’s Beirut based Samir Kassir Award for the Freedom of the Press in 2010. He has numerous published articles often cited by researchers, and media in dealing with the MENA region with particular focus on Libya. He has been guest on numerous media outlet like the BBC, CBS, Al-Jazeera, France 24,  and Bloomberg TV besides dozen other print publications such as TIME magazine, WSJ, and Washington Post. Mr. Fetouri is also experienced trainer in the media and journalism where he has trained many Libyan journalists in Libya between 2008-2010 as a public speaker and regional expert Mr. Fetouri has been key note speaker and active participant in many international conference in Europe; Middle East and Asia. He frequently invited to speak to various audiences in different think-tanks across the globe.

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Affiliation : William & Jeanie Barton Chair in International Affairs, Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Director, Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance (CCTC)
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Dr. Findlay worked in the Australian diplomatic service. He established the program on peacekeeping and regional security in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden. From 1998 to early 2005 Dr. Findlay was Executive Director of the London-based Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC). Dr. Findlay was chair of the Independent Commission on the Verifiability of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 2000. He commenced his appointment at Carleton University in February 2005. In addition to teaching, he has helped establish a centre of research excellence within the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, known as the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance, formally launched at the end of March 2005.

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City : Moscow, Russia
Biography :

- Participant in the 2007 Global Security Summer School Program

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Affiliation : Embassy of Italy
Position : First Secretary
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Club Member since 2013. First secretary of Embassy of Italia in Moscow

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City : Moscow
Position : Deputy Head of Mission
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Head of the Swiss delegations to the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Australia Group and the Technology Control Regime; Member of the Swiss delegations to the NPT Review Conferences, to the IAEA General Conference and to the Conference on Disarmament.

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Affiliation : Editor-in-Chief of the "Export of Weapons" journal
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He served the internship from September, 2002 till January 2003, then he was the PIR Center Coordinator for the Project on Transformation of the Russian Exports Control System, Commissioning Editor of the Yaderny Kontrol journal, Research Associate. During the internship he wrote an article entitled “Russia and France in the Mirror of the Global Partnership” and published it in the Yaderny Kontrol journal, No.2, 2003. A graduate of the French-Russian Masters Program of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) as of 2003. He graduated with honors from the International Relations Department of the St. Petersburg State University. A participant of the Second International Nonproliferation Conference held in Moscow. His scientific interests encompass nuclear submarines, advanced armaments for Russian and foreign armed forces, issues of military technology cooperation for the Russian Federation.

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City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Head, Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program, Carnegie Moscow Center
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MA in Chinese History. Graduated from Moscow State University (2009). MA in Stock Markets and Investments, Higher School of Economics (2013). Started his career at Kommersant daily newspaper in 2007 working as a senior diplomatic reporter, covered Russia’s relations with Asian powers and the connection between Russian business interests and foreign policy. Was a member of Dmitry Medvedev’s president press corps. Was deputy foreign editor at Kommersant and a member of the editorial board of the Kommersant publishing house2012-2014 – deputy editor in chief, Kommersant-Vlast magazine. Was a nonresident visiting research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), a lecturer on Chinese energy policy and political culture at the Moscow State University. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2015.

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Graduated from the Free University of Berlin. 2002-2006 – Director of an EC funded higher education cooperation programme, the ASEAN-EU University Network Programme. Since 2006 – Senior Project Manager of the European University Association.

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Affiliation : advisor to the Director of the Russian Research Center – the Kurchatov Institute, deputy director of the Institute of Innovative Energy
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Born in 1939. In 1962 he graduated the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) and since then he has joined the Kurchatov Institute. Dr. Gagarinsky’s research interests include the physics of experimental nuclear reactors, critical security, pressurizedwater reactors, innovation technologies of nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear energy. He is one of the founders of the Soviet Nuclear Society and VicePresident of the Russian Nuclear Society. Dr. Gagarinsky is awarded with the Order of Courage for participation in the elimination of consequences of the Chernobyl accident. Member of the editorial boards of Atomnaya Energiya (Russia), Nukleonika (Poland), and International Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology.

City : Moscow region, Abramtsevo
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Affiliation : Director of Third Asian Department in Russian MFA
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Biography :

Served as an Advisor-Envoy at the Russian Embassy in Japan in 2001–2008.

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Affiliation : Head of Foreign Affairs Section, Kommersant Daily (2006-2011)
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Leonid E. Gankin was born on December 7, 1955, Moscow. He graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Studies (Moscow State University). In 1981 he completed a postgraduate course at the same university. Leonid Gankin has PhD in Philology. He worked in the Soviet Culture Center in Kampala (Uganda), Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of over 40 publications on history, culture and languages of Africa. Since the mid-1990s he has worked as a journalist. In 1995 he started in the Moscow News. Between 1997 and 2011 he worked with the Kommersant Daily. 

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City : Vladivostok, Russia
Affiliation : Vice-chancellor for Development and International Cooperation at Maritime State University named after adm. G.I. Nevelskoi
Biography :

Graduated from Naval Institute of Radio Electronics named after A.S. Popov. Served as the Director of Center for International Studies at Maritime State University. Member of Security Index journal Editorial Board, journal representative in Vladivostok.

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Education: State University of New York at Buffalo, Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering. As Project Manager for the Seversk Project Don Gardner manages the project for the US Department of Energy in Moscow, Russia.

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City : Georgia
Affiliation : North-Caucasus Research Center of the High School of the South Federal University (Rostov-upon-Don)
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City : Baku, Azerbaijan
Affiliation : Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, expert
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Graduate of the Humanitarian Faculty, Novosibirsk State University (NSU). Instructor of the International Relations and Regional Studies Department at Novosibirsk State Technical University since 2004. Lectured courses are: national and regional security, political science. In 2005 served the internship at Free University of Brussels (Belgium) and University of Kent at Canterbury (England). Research interests include: international security and national security.

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Affiliation : Cyber Subject Matter Expert of U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service
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Postgraduate student at Tomsk State University. Graduated from Novosibirks State Technical University. Participant of the International Summer schools of Tomsk State University in 2006 and 2007. Graduate of the International Summer School for Global Security 2008 at the Center for Policy Studies (Russia). Research interests: regime of nuclear non-proliferation and international security.

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Lieutenant-General (ret.) Evstafiev (25.08.1938 – 19.02.2013), a person of great fortitude, wisdom, and professionalism, dedicated all his health, strength, and intellect to serving his country and strengthening international security. We are very honored to have been able to work with such an amazing and knowledgeable person.

One of the patriarchs of nuclear nonproliferation has left us. No matter what office he held, Gennady Mikhailovich made considerable contributions to strengthen the nonproliferation and disarmament regime.  From 1981 to 1985, he served as Special Assistant to the UN Secretary-General, and from 1999-2000 as a member of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. He was an active participant in the historical 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference, as well as the Moscow Nuclear Safety and Security Summit in 1996.

Gennady Mikhailovich played a key role in preparing the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service’s public reports “A New Challenge After the Cold War: Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction” (1993) and “The Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons: Problems of Extension” (1995), which are still used today as key reference materials in the field. To this day, the publication of these reports remains an example of special services’ analytic work and ability to engage the public in dialogue. Thanks to the work of these authors, the world saw that Russia bases its arguments on facts and, no matter the circumstances, independently participates in the formation of a global nonproliferation and disarmament agenda.

Lieutenant-General Evstafiev was one of the people who, during the country’s hardest times, not only stayed dedicated to the task at hand, but was also able find solutions to global problems in a spirit of collaboration and while protecting national interests. From 1986 to 1991, Gennady Mikhailovich was one of the head Soviet delegates during the negotiation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty) in Vienna before he went on to work for the Foreign Intelligence Service. From 2000-2003, he served at the Russian Permanent Mission to NATO, where he worked on combating terrorism and WMD proliferation. After retiring in 2003, he became a Senior Advisor and later Senior Vice President at the PIR Center, where he continued to dedicate himself to arms control issues and developing new security mechanisms in Europe.

For Gennady Mikhailovich, strengthening the nonproliferation and disarmament regime wasn’t just political rhetoric, it was a subject of in-depth analysis with the goal of finding optimal, balanced solutions. Back when people had essentially stopped thinking about saving the world from weapons of mass destruction, before big speeches and initiatives revived the topic, Gennady Mikhailovich published the article “Disarmament Returns” (Security Index 2007), in which he not only declared the acute relevance of this problem, he defined the lines along which this discussion takes place today. “The main mistake that people make is they fear today’s troubles more than tomorrow’s,” he said, and underlined that, “this means only one thing – we must learn to preempt the consequences of new military technology and classes of weapons with timely political and legal measures.”

This is precisely what Gennady Mikhailovich worked on at the PIR Center. He co-authored a 2005 monograph Unmanned aerial vehicles: history, application, threat of proliferation, and prospects of development – the first work to define the importance of this issue for Russia. Information security, nuclear energy and nonproliferation, Central Asia – Evstafiev was a part of these and many other PIR projects from the outset. Dozens of publications, hundreds of interviews and comments to the press – he was constantly working.

He will most certainly be remembered, today and forever more, by dozens of students – young diplomats, officers, and scholars, those for whom he was a mentor at work or during an internship, those who listened to his every word at Summer School and other training courses.

What did young scholars expect, and then receive, from their senior colleague? During conversations he would say such things like, “Be sure to pay attention to this question… It may be worth taking a closer look here… You should read this book here…” and then a new idea would form, and we would begin to see a pointed problem in its greater historical and political context, and the student would morph into a specialist in front of our eyes. A graduate of the Oriental Studies Department at Leningrad State University, Gennady Mikhailovich completed the colossal school of life and carried with him the best traditions of analysis and the deep understanding of regional and global processes. Along the way, he passed on these traditions and mental discipline to his students, for which we will be ever grateful.

Gennady Mikhailovich played a significant role at the PIR Center. He was with PIR even before its founding and stayed the course through our development. Over the course of almost 10 years, he served as a Senior Advisor and Senior Vice President of the PIR Center. With his direct participation, PIR expanded the scope of its work, transitioned from Yaderny Kontrol to Security Index, developed a new education and training program, and attracted new partners and friends. Each of us will treasure our memories of interacting with this extraordinary person, colleague, and mentor.

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Segments from the program “What is to be done? New nuclear states,” Kultura TV channel with Gennady Evstafiev’s participation, October 29, 2006 (in Russian).


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An engineer at the Reactor plant, Siberian Chemical Combine (SKhK) at Seversk, Tomsk Region. A graduate of the Physics and Technology Department of the Tomsk Polytechnical University. He trained at the PIR Center from June 3 till September 30, 2002. His sphere of scientific interest covers the problems of the handling of spent nuclear fuel, issues on the prohibition of the manufacture of fissile materials and production of the weapons grade plutonium, the HEU-LEU bilateral agreement, and the upgrading of safety and security of the nuclear power plants. He participated in the Program of Career Development for Young Specialists, arranged by the PIR Center in November 2003.

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City : Moscow
Affiliation : Higher School of Economics
Position : Graduate student
Biography :

Graduate student of the International Masters in Economy, State & Society, a joint program of University College London and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, with a specialization in Politics and Security. Graduated from the University of Bonn, Germany, with a B. A. in English and Politics, and spent a year studying international relations at Mount Holyoke College, MA. Participated in business and journalism courses in Belarus and Ukraine. Intern at the PIR Center from January until March 2016. Research interests include demographics and health in security studies, energy security and regional stability in the post-Soviet space, particularly in Central Asia. 

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Affiliation : The International Committee of the Red Cross – ICRC
Position : Legal Adviser
Biography :

PhD in International Law and Legal Studies, The Graduate Institute of International Development Studies of Geneva (2012), holds a Master’s degree in Public International Law from the University of Essex (2006). Legal Advisor in the ICRC's Legal Division since September 2014, Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Ethics Law and Armed Conflict since January 2013. Received the “International Geneva Award” from the Swiss Network for International Studies (2011) and “The Francis Lieber Prize” from the American Society of International Law (2015). Research fields: the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), arms availability / small arms; new technologies of warfare, including remote-controlled, autonomous weapons and cyber warfare and security; CCW process on autonomous weapons, as well as weapons reviews & Article 36 API. Speaks Italian, English, French, and German.

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Affiliation : Executive Secretary of the Black Sea Biotechnological Association
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He is a biochemist who worked for many years in the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in Moscow. He then was Deputy Director of the «AnalitEK – analytics in ecology» and Deputy Director of the Bioengineering Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1997–2001 he was an Academic Secretary of the InterAgency Governmental Commission for Genetic Engineering. In 1996–2000 he was a board member and rapporteur of the UN task force elaborating the Cartagena Protocol and UNEP expert on biological safety and security.

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City : Bern
Affiliation : Ambassador, Russian Embassy in Switzeralnd
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He was born in 1949. In 1971 graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations,  in 1981 grdauated from Diplomatic Academy. Doctor of Law. In the diplomatic service  since 1971. Has extensive experience working in the central office of the Ministry and abroad. He worked at the Soviet Embassy and the Russian Federation in the Federal Republic of Germany (1972-1975, 1991-1996.), East Germany (1979-1986 gg.). In 1996-2000 Director of the Fourth European Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry (from 1999 - a member of the Board of Foreign Affairs). From 2000 to 2004 was Russian Ambassador to Austria.Right now he is Ambassador of Russia to Switzerland, since year 2012.


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In 2010-2011 - intern at the Chinese NPP Projects Department of Atomstroyexport, a leading Russian nuclear engineering company. Graduated from the National Nuclear Research University MEPHI in 2011. He has taken part in several nuclear conferences and authored six research papers. Winner of the Rosatom Stipend awarded to promising young nuclear scientists.

City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Centre of the Russian strategy in Asia
Position : Adviser to the National Committee for the exploration of the BRICS.
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Adviser to the National Committee on BRICS Research. Scientific Secretary and Junior Research Fellow of the Asian Strategy Center, PhD student of the Institute of Economics of the RAS. A graduate of the Moscow State Institute of international relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russian Federation (2014), Saint Petersburg State University (2012). Participant of the VIII BRICS Academic Forum (2016), (I) and (II) youth forums BRICs and SCO (2015-2016). Research interests: global governance, international relations, world economy, BRICS countries. Speaks English and German.

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City : Saratov
Affiliation : Saratov State Law Academy
Position : Postgraduate student
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Affiliation : American politician and philanthropist
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Albert “Al” Gore is an American politician and philanthropist. He is a former Vice President of the United States (1993-2001), and he ran for president twice (1988, 2000). From 1977-1985, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee, and in 1984 he was elected as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, where he was reelected in 1990. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

From the time he graduated Harvard University in 1969 to 1971, Gore served in the Army as a journalist. After he returned to the States, he worked as a reporter and then a columnist for the newspaper The Tennessean. While in the Senate, he sat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Rules and Administration, the Energy and Commerce, the Science and Technology, and the Armed Services Committees. In 1992, he became the Vice President of the United States after a successful presidential campaign with Bill Clinton; they were reelected in 1996. In 1993, Gore and Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin signed the Russian-American intergovernmental agreement on the conversion of highly-enriched uranium, better known as the “Megatons to Megawatts” agreement.

In 2001, Gore became the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles-based financial services holding company Metropolitan West Financial. He was also the president of the American tv channel “Current,” a board member at Apple Computer, and a senior advisor to Google. Gore is well known as an environmental activist and is the author of multiple books.

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City : США
Affiliation : Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the CNS; Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the CISAC; Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution
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Rose Gottemoeller was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, on April 6, 2009. She was the chief negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation. Since 2000, she had been with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She most recently was a senior associate in the Carnegie Russia & Eurasia Program in Washington, D.C., where she worked on U.S.–Russian relations and nuclear security and stability. She also served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from January 2006 – December 2008. Before joining the Endowment in October 2000, Ms. Gottemoeller was deputy undersecretary for defense nuclear nonproliferation in the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously, she served as the department's assistant secretary for nonproliferation and national security, with responsibility for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States. In 1994-1997, deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, United Kingdom). In 1993-1994, director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs of the U.S. National Security Council. Research interests: nuclear nonproliferation and strategic security. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

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Education: an engineer’s degree in Chemical Engineering, an engineer’s degree in Nuclear Engineering and a doctorate in Chemical Engineering. At the moment holds a position of the 1st Counsellor in European Union Joint Action on Disarmament and Nonproliferation, Delegation of the European Commission to Russia.

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Affiliation : Senior Programme Advisor and Senior Fellow, Leadership in Conflict Management Programme at the GCSP, Co-Director of its International Training Course in Security Policy, and Co-Director of its Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security (MAS) Programme, accredited by the University of Geneva
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City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Национальный исследовательский университет - высшая школа экономики (Москва)
Position : Visiting researcher
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Visiting researcher, national research university-higher school of Economics (Moscow). Graduate Student At The University Of St. Gallen (Switzerland). A graduate of the German-Russian dual degree program at the free University of Berlin, the Humboldt University and the University of Potsdam with the Moscow State Institute of international relations (2013). Research interests: arms control, European security, the Eurasian integration. He speaks Russian, English and German.

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Graduated from University of Ljubljana, Mechanical engineering, made his Master on Heat and Mass transfer at Oregon State University . Director of Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration for 13 years. Member of four Operational Safety Assessment Teams - OSART from 1991 to 1998. Head of Slovenian Delegation to Several IAEA General Conferences and to several Diplomatic Conferences in Nuclear field. Governor of Slovenia to the IAEA Board of Governors 1997/1998 and its Chairman 1998/1999. Head of Slovenian Delegation to the First Review Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety, 1999 . Chairman of the Committee of the Whole, IAEA General Conference 2000, Member of Slovenian delegation to the 2000 NPT Review Conference, New York, Chairman of the Working Group and Expert Group to Explore Whether there is a need to Amend the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, 2000/2001, IAEA, Vienna . President of the Second Review Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety, 2002, Vienna. Director of BOMVIC (Baghdad Ongoing Monitoring Verification and Inspection Centre), UNMOVIC, 2002/2003. Since May 2005 he is responsible for the area of prevention in the Office of Nuclear Security, Department pf Nuclear Safety and Security, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna.

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City : Yerevan, Armenia
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participant of PIR Center Summer School 2009

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City : Moscow
Affiliation : Analytical Centre of the Russian Federation Government
Position : Head Chief Adviser
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PhD in Economics. Graduated from the Faculty of Economics of Moscow State University. Improved its qualification in Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates and the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD, France). Since 1990 — expert in the work of the Government Commission for Economic Reform. In 1991-1992 — Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Investment. In the 1992-1997 — Advisor to the Directorate of the Russian IBRD. Since 2000 — Member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, the Committee for Development Policy at the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Advisory Council for the economy as part of the Innovation Education Project at the National Training Fund. Head of World Economy Department at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Chairman of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund of the Russian Federation (WWF-Russia). Member of the editorial board of Russia's strategy, the Scientific Advisory Board of the journal Russia in Global Affairs.

City : Moscow
Affiliation : Deputy Director at Radio Frequencies and Communication Networks Regulation Department of Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation
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Georgy Gritsay has been working in the ICT field since 1992. He graduated from Northern International University and received his degree in Math & Information Sciences. After that he studied in FAPSI’s New Information Technologies Center as a specialist in information security.

In 2002-200, he worked in classified information protection departments in Russia’s Ministry of Finance. Since 2004, he worked with Gamma, a leading government organization specializing in information security for Ministry of Industry and Trade. Since 2005, he has been working for Soyuzinform CJSC where he headed the Information Security departments. After a merger with Armada Group JSC (MICEX-RTS: ARMD) in 2008, Mr. Gritsay had been leading several departments, and later served as a technical officer in technical security and cryptography as well as in information security. Since 2010 he has held the position of the Chief information security Officer at Armada Group.

Since 2011, he serves at the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the RF, where he is currently heading the information security department. Georgy Gritsay has a number of ministry and government awards.

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Professor, Deputy Dean of the Department of International relations of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is also Deputy Secretary-General of Shanghai Association for International Strategic Studies. He has written many books on international security and crisis management issues.

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Affiliation : Rector at the New Economic School, Morgan Stanley Professor of Economics
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City : Moscow, Russia
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participant of PIR Center Summer School 2009

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City : Ekaterinburg
Affiliation : Institute of Social and Political Sciences, Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin
Position : Postgraduate student
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BA in International Relations from the same university (2014). Author of several publications on international relations and international security. Research interests: security in Central Asia; processes which are taking place in CIS area; European security; Franco-Russian relations; France's nuclear program; nuclear non-proliferation. Languages: Azeri, English, Kazakh, French, and Turkish.

Graduate of Summer school 2016

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City : Yekaterinburg, Russia
Affiliation : Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin
Position : Postgraduate student, concentration "political science and regional studies"
Biography :

Postgraduate student, concentration "political science and regional studies", Institute of Social and Political Sciences, Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin. BA in International Relations from the same university (2014). Author of several publications on international relations and international security. Research interests: security in Central Asia; processes which are taking place in CIS area; European security; Franco-Russian relations; France's nuclear program; nuclear non-proliferation. Languages: Azeri, English, Kazakh, French, and Turkish.

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City : Tbilisi, Georgia
Affiliation : Analyst, Srategic Research Center
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City : Yerevan, Armenia
Affiliation : Analyst of Safety Issues, National Security Service of RA
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City : Kiev, Ukraine
Affiliation : Professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy Department at Institute of International Relations at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University
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Doctor of Political sciences. In 1978 he graduated from the International Relations and International Law faculty of the Kyiv Shevchenko State University. He defended Ph.D. (candidate) thesis in 1987 and Doctorate thesis in 2006.
He worked as Assistant Professor from 1984, as Associate Professor from 1992, and as Professor of the International Relations and Foreign Policy Department from 2007. Had traineeship in Monterrey University (Monterrey), in Maryland University (College Park city), Harvard University (USA), the Center of international relation studies (CERI, Paris, France). In 2000-2001 he lectured in NATO Defense College (Rome, Italy). Specializes in USA foreign policy, nonproliferation, problems of international and regional security. The author of over 70 scientific publications.

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City : Amsterdam
Affiliation : Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands
Position : National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Biography :

Sven Hamelink has been working on a variety of topics in the field of CBRN and (homemade) Explosives issues (e.g. counterterrorism, security, crisis management) both on the national and international level since 2005. Under his supervision all of the projects of the national CBRN programme have been implemented, including for example enhancing the security of CBRN facilities, the development of CBRN Awareness tools, development of CBRN training courses, international CBRN exercises. Since 2010 he is the programme manager of The Netherlands’ national CBRN/E programme. Sven Hamelink is also the Dutch representative to several international CBRN fora, for example the EU CBRN Advisory Group and several subgroups, the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, BTWC Implementation Support Unit, several EUROPOL and INTERPOL trainings and expert meetings. In his role as programme manager CBRN he was a speaker at various international meetings such as the round table meetings of the Centres of Excellence in Montenegro and Algeria.

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Former Head of the Atomic Energy Authority. Chairman, National Committee for New and Advanced Materials, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt. BSc (Chem. Eng.) North Carolina State; MSc (Met) Stanford; PhD (Materials science) Nottingham. Member of boards of many scientific and engineering organisations in Egypt. Author of the numerous publications on nonproliferation.

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Charles D. Harmon is currently on assignment from Sandia National Laboratories as a Program Manager at the U.S. DOE National Nuclear Security Agency’s Office of International Material Protection and Cooperation responsible for the MPC&A Educational and Training Projects.

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Affiliation : National Nuclear Security Administration, USA
Position : Deputy Administrator
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Holds Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and the National Defense University. Worked as the Senior Advisor to the U.S. delegation to the International Science and Technology Center Preparatory Committee and Science Analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 1991 to 1993. Served as the senior coordinator for efforts to redirect former Soviet WMD/missile experts in the U.S. State Department from 1993 to 1998. Other offices held within her career in the U.S. State Department include Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction. Worked as the Director of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) from 2005 to 2010. Sworn in as Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation for the National Nuclear Security Administration in 2010. Over the course of her career, Ms. Harrington has managed a variety of studies on nuclear security issues and published a number of papers on biological threats. 

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James Harrison has been Deputy Director for Counter-Proliferation and Arms Control in the UK Ministry of Defense since 1999. In this capacity he is responsible for the Ministry of Defense’s contribution to UK Government policy on counter-proliferation and arms control in the area of biological and chemical weapons.

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City : Yerevan, Armenia
Affiliation : Senior Specialist, Defence Policy Department, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Armenia
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City : Paris, France
Affiliation : Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS)
Position : Research Fellow
Expertise :
Nuclear nonproliferation, historical aspects
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Nuclear safety
Biography :

Benjamin Hautecouverture is a Research Fellow for nonproliferation and disarmament issues at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS, Paris). He is also a Research Fellow at The Center for Arms control and International Security (French acronym CESIM, Paris). Benjamin Hautecouverture is the Editor of The Nonproliferation Monthly (monthly magazine on proliferation, non-proliferation and disarmament issues related to nuclear, biological, chemical weapons and their delivery systems). His areas of focus have included the study of new threats, new institutional actors and new international responses, in the field of arms control. He is also working on nuclear security, the nuclear non-proliferation regime and the European Union strategy against the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

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Dr. Hecker is visiting professor at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation and director emeritus at the Los Alamos National Laboratory/University of California. He was director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986-1997 and senior fellow until July 2005. He joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory as technical staff member in 1973, following a postdoctoral assignment there in 1968-1970 and a summer graduate student assignment in 1965. He served as chairman of the Center for Materials Science and division leader of the Materials Science and Technology Division before becoming director. From 1970 to 1973 he was a senior research metallurgist at the General Motors Research Laboratories. Dr. Hecker received his B.S. in metallurgy in 1965 and M.S. in metallurgy in 1967 from Case Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in metallurgy in 1968 from Case Western Reserve University.

City : Finland
Affiliation : Finnish Embassy in Russia
Position : Adviser on Russia's foreign policy and cooperation in the framework of the Schengen Agreement
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Adviser on Russia's foreign policy and cooperation in the framework of the Schengen Agreement, the Finnish Embassy in Russia. A graduate of the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland, 2004). He graduated from training courses for diplomats No. 31 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (2006). Since 2005 he has been working in the system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. Research interests: arms control, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction, Russia's foreign policy. He speaks Finnish, English, German, Swedish, French.

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1972 graduated from the Federal College of Public Administration (Bonn). Since 1972 has been serving at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since July 2002 – Head of Section Disarmament Cooperation/Global Partnership Projects.

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His prime role in DTI is to direct the nuclear programmes under the UK's Global Partnership programme where work is underway to address nuclear legacy issues, principally in Russia. Dr Heyes is a geologist by profession and has had some 30 years experience in managing and directing a number of Government funded technology programmes encompassing renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

City : Geneva
Affiliation : Partner, Hill&Associates; Counsellor, ITU-T Study Group 2 (2004-2012)
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Dr. Richard Hill is an independent consultant.  He was the Secretary, since 2004, for the various ITU groups that discussed the revision of the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs). He was the head of the secretariat team dealing with the substantive issues at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (ITRs).  He was also Counsellor for Study Groups 2 and 3 at the International Telecommunications Union, that is technical secretary for the ITU groups dealing with operational aspects of service provision, networks and performance, including numbering issues (for example, assignment of international country codes); and charging and accounting matters. 

Prior to joining ITU in 2001, Richard was Department Head, IT Infrastructure Delivery and Support, at Orange Communications (a GSM operator), responsible for delivering and maintaining the real-time, fail-safe computing infrastructure for the company to support over 300 online agents and related applications such as billing.  He previously was the IT Manager at the University of Geneva, responsible for the network, central systems, over 6000 work-stations and PCs, user support, administrative applications, library infrastructure, and audio-visual services.

Prior to that, he worked at Hewlett-Packard's European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. From September 1991 to June 1993, Richard was the Western European Rapporteur for EDIFACT, responsible for the organization of the EDI standardization efforts in Europe and for liaisons with other regions working on EDIFACT.  He is past chair of EDIFICE, the European Electronics Industry Forum for EDI, and was editor of X.435, the Pedi protocol for EDI and X.400.

Richard holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard University and a B.S. in Mathematics from M.I.T.  He has published papers on mediation, arbitration, and computer-related intellectual property issues and the standard reference book to X.435.

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In 1972 graduated from Moscow Energy Institute. In 1972-1985 was an engineer in Kraftwerksanlagen Enterprise. In 1985-1990 served at Ministry of Coal and Energy of former GDR. Since 1990 works at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Division of Nuclear Energy.

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Affiliation : Journalist
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David Hoffman is Contributing Editor at the Washington Post and has been a journalist for more than 30 years. He recently published his second book, The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. Mr. Hoffman came to Washington in 1977 to cover Congress, and later served as the Washington correspondent for the San Jose Mercury-News. He covered Ronald Reagan's campaign for the presidency in 1980, and was national economics correspondent for Knight-Ridder Newspapers. In 1982, he joined The Washington Post to cover the Reagan presidency. As a White House correspondent, he covered the major U.S.-Soviet summits of the Reagan years, including Geneva and Reykjavik, as well as domestic policy and politics. After Reagan left office, he covered the George H. W. Bush presidency. Later, he was diplomatic correspondent at the time the Soviet Union collapsed, and then served as Jerusalem correspondent, covering the Oslo peace accords. From 1995 to 2001, he served as Moscow bureau chief. His first book, based on reporting in Moscow, was The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia. On returning to Washington in 2001, Mr. Hoffman was named Foreign Editor and then Assistant Managing Editor for foreign news, managing the Post's foreign service, until 2009. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2009.

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Mr. Holcombe's career began with service in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program where he served for six years. He later worked in the nuclear power industry in design, construction and Quality Assurance at several plants. Prior to his current position he was the CTR Program Manager responsible for multiple CTR projects in Russia and Ukraine. He has also had a variety of senior positions for U.S Department of Energy, including assignments at Savannah River, Oak Ridge National Engineering Laboratory and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.

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Affiliation : Board of Directors, Ploughshares Fund
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David Holloway is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, a professor of political science, and a Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) senior fellow at Stanford University. He was co-director of Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) from 1991 to 1997, and director of FSI from 1998 to 2003. Dr. Holloway's research focuses on the international history of nuclear weapons, on science and technology in the Soviet Union, and on the relationship between international history and international relations theory. His book, Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956, was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 11 best books of 1994, and it won the Vucinich and Shulman prizes of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. It has been translated into six languages, most recently into Czech in 2008. Dr. Holloway also wrote The Soviet Union and the Arms Race (1983) and co-authored The Reagan Strategic Defense Initiative: Technical, Political and Arms Control Assessment (1984). He has contributed to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Foreign Affairs, and other scholarly journals. Before coming to Stanford, Dr. Holloway taught at the University of Lancaster (1967-1970) and the University of Edinburgh (1970-1986). Born in Dublin, Ireland, he received his undergraduate degree in modern languages and literature, and his PhD in social and political sciences, both from Cambridge University.Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2009.

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City : Kiev,Ukraine
Affiliation : Third Secretary of Press-Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2008)
Biography :

participant of PIR Center Summer School 2008

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Born in 1947. Educational Experience: Korea Military Academy (BS), Seoul National University(BA), The Ohio State University, U.S.A. : M.A. & Ph. D. in Military History. Careers: - Professor, Korea Military Academy, Staff for International Security Affairs, Presidential Office, ROK, Assistant to the Director-Gen., Presidential Security Service, ROK, Advisory Committee Member, National Security Council, ROK, Chief, North Korean Affairs, RINSA, KNDU, Director of the Research Institute on Security Affairs, KNDU.

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Affiliation : First Secretary, Chinese Permanent Mission in Geneva
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City : Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Central Asia
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

PhD in political sciences. Got her degree from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) with major in “Political Issues of International Relations and Global Development”). Graduate with Master degree of International Relations Faculty/ International Journalism Department. In 2008-2009 participated in Professional Management Program (intensive MBA program) at the Uzbekistan-Japan Center for Human Development with getting PMP degree. Participant of a number of conferences and seminars on Central Asia security. Graduate of the International Summer School on Global Security. Research interests include the problems of regional security in Central Asia, information security, global information space in the emerging new world order. 06/17

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Oleg Ignatiev coordinates the issues pertaining to observance of international obligations under the Biological Weapons Convention. In 1992 –1998 he was an expert of UNMOVIC.

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Affiliation : Russian Ministry of Defense
Position : Deputy Chief, the Foreign Military Cooperation Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry
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Major-General, PhD. in Technical Sciences. He has graduated from the Military Radio Engineering Academy of Air Defense, Moscow State University and the Russian Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation. He has gone through several positions while serving in the Armed Forces, from platoon commander, operator and engineer to the Head of Direction, Head of Department and Deputy Chief of the Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

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City : Moscow
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Undergraduate of Ural Federal University in the field of "Oriental and African studies", 2012-2013. Bachelor of Tomsk State University, "International Relations Researches" 2007-2011, specialization "Global and regional security". Scientific interests: nuclear security, international relations in Asia Pacific Refion, BRICS, evolution of USA-Japan Security Union,  UNO and Modern Regimes in Asia.

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City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Associate science officer, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
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Affiliation : Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan
Biography :

participant of PIR Center Summer School 2012

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City : Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Affiliation : OSCE Academy in Bishkek
Biography :

participant of PIR Center Summer School 2012

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City : Grozny, Russia
Affiliation : Department of the Ministry of the Chechen Republic for Youth
Position : Deputy Head of the Social Programs
Biography :

Deputy Head of the Social Programs Department of the Ministry of the Chechen Republic for Youth. Multiple times participated in international schools, seminars, forums and conferences on international relations. Professional and research interests: youth policy, management sociology, international youth cooperation, public diplomacy, national and regional security.

Languages: English, Russian, and Spanish.

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Affiliation : Deputy Director General for Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel
Expertise :
Nuclear power in the Middle East
Political and military aspects of international security
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Nuclear energy sector
Iranian nuclear program
Military cooperation
Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
Middle East
Nuclear disarmament
Biography :

Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff is currently the Deputy Director General n the Foreign Ministry of Israel with overall responsibility for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation, Regional Security, Counterterrorism and the authorization of Israeli Defense Exports. He has served in several senior diplomatic capacities and specialized in the diplomatic efforts regarding Iran, US-Israel relations, regional security in its different aspects. He served on the the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Disarmament Affairs between 2003 and 2008. 

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Affiliation : Chief of Staff Presidential Administration of Russia
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Born on January 31, 1953, in Leningrad (now St Petersburg). Graduated from the Translation Department of the Philology Faculty of Leningrad State University, and from Higher Courses of the KGB (Minsk). 1981–1998: climbed from detective officer of the First Chief Directorate of the KGB to First Deputy Head of a department in the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia. Served on three long missions abroad in Scandinavia and Africa. Following the KGB reorganisation, continued his career in the Foreign Intelligence Service and then in the Federal Security Service of Russia. August 1998: Deputy FSB Director - Head of Analysis, Forecasting and Strategic Planning. November 15, 1999: Secretary of Russia's Security Council; Colonel General (Ret.) March 28, 2001: Defence Minister of Russia. November 14, 2005: Deputy Prime Minister - Defence Minister of Russia. February 16, 2007: appointed First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. May 12, 2008: appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. December 22, 2011: appointed Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office. Fluent in English and Swedish.

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Affiliation : President of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs
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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, PhD. Member of the Supervisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, Member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation; the member of the Lukoil oil company Board of Directors. Professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). In 1969 he graduated at the Maurice Thorez Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages. He joined the Soviet Foreign Ministry in 1973. In 1998-2004 – Russian Foreign Minister, later – Secretary of the Security Council of Russia (2004-2007); previously – Deputy Foreign Minister (1993-1998), RF/USSR Ambassador to Spain (1991-1993). In 2011 he took seat in the Advisory Council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

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City : Kiev, Ukraine
Biography :

- Participant in the 2007 Global Security Summer School Program

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Affiliation : Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, Brookings Institution
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Born in 1929, he graduated from Harvard in 1951. He was a career diplomat holding a number of ambassadorialrank positions until his retirement in 1989. In 1993 he returned from retirement to become the Chief U.S. Negotiator for the Safe and Secure Dismantlement of Nuclear Weapons. During this time he negotiated agreements with several former Soviet Republics to dismantle former Soviet nuclear weapons and to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation. Amb. Goodby is a specialist on nuclear nonproliferation and security issues in Northeast Asia, focusing particularly on the Korean peninsula. Currently he is associated with the Brookings Institution and the Securities Studies Program at MIT. He is the winner of the Heinz Award in Public Policy, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Germany, and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and the holder of an honorary Doctor of Laws from the Stetson University College of Law. He is also an Advisor to the British American Security Information Council.

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City : Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Affiliation : Kyrgyzstan Government International Cooperation Department, expert
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Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Iran
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Former Counselor of the Azerbaijani Embassy in the Russian Federation. Born in 1955 in Baku. In 1978 Mr. Akhundov graduated the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the Baku State University where he majored in Iran. In the Soviet times Dr. Akhundov worked in the Azerbaijani Academy of Sciences as an expert on Iran and Afghanistan. In 1992 he joined the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan. In 1995–1999, he served in the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran. Since 2003 he works in the Azerbaijani embassy in Moscow.

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City : Moscow
Affiliation : Embassy of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation
Position : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation
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Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Former Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. Served as the permanent mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations at Geneva from 2007 to 2009. Thereafter was the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Switzerland. Dr. Jayatilleka was appointed Chairman of the Governing body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in June 2007. Ambassador has written number of books in his academic career and continuously writes for political columns in newspapers. His publishes include The Travails of a Democracy: Unfinished WarProtracted Crisis (1995)Fidel's Ethics of Violence: The Moral Dimension of the Political Thought of Fidel Castro. In January 2008 he was also appointed the Coordinator for theComprehensive Programme of Disarmament of the Conference on Disarmament (CD). Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation since 2018. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2008.

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Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to the Russian Federation
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He graduated from Science-Po in Paris and has diplomas in philology and law, as well as a diploma from the National School of Administration (Ecole nationale d'administration (ENA)). In 1975 he joined the diplomatic service in the Department for North Africa and the Middle East. He then moved to the Department for Economic and Financial Matters, was Deputy Head of the Center for Analysis and Forecasts, and worked in the French mission to the EU in Brussels. In September 2006–January 2009 he served in the central administration of the MFA as Director of the Department of Africa and Indian Ocean Countries. In January 2009 he started his mission in Russia.

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Affiliation : French military attaché to Russia
Biography :

Brigadier General.

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Affiliation : Military adviser of the Swiss Delegation to the OSCE
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Bernard Jeanty holds a law degree (University of Neuchâtel), a diploma in security policy from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI, Geneva), a master degree in international law (LL.M, University of Nottingham, UK) and has just achieved a master degree of advanced studies in security policy and crisis management (MAS ETH SPCM, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich). Bernard Jeanty was working as civil servant from 1992 and 1993 in the International Affairs Division of the Swiss Department of Justice and Police. Then he joined the Swiss Department of Defence in 1994, first at the General Staff Services in the Section for Arms Control and Disarmament. From 1996 to 1999 he was appointed as military adviser and deputy of the Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Back to Bern and till 2010 he has been working as head of arms control and disarmament in the General Staff, then as head of arms control and disarmament policy in the Directorate for Security Policy of the Swiss Department of Defence. Bernard Jeanty is currently working in Vienna as military adviser of the Swiss Delegation to the OSCE. He is also serving as under-chief of staff in the Territorial Division 1 of the Swiss armed forces with the rank of colonel (GS).

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City : Beijing, Moscow
Affiliation : President, Chinese Academy of Contemporary International Relations
Biography :

Permanent member of China's Society for Eastern European and Central Asian Studies, advisor on international issues at the information center of Central Television of China. Director of Institute of Russian Studies, China. Main areas of activity including organization and leading of a number of state research projects. Author of numerous books and articles, including “General Structure of Global Strategy”, “Assessment of International Strategy and Security Situation”, “Shanghai Organization of Cooperation”, “Russia's Think-Tanks” and others. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2007.

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In 2008-2012 - Ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation.

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City : London, UK
Affiliation : Founding Director, Acronym Institute
Biography :

PhD.  With a background in physics, an MA in Far Eastern studies and a PhD in international relations, she has monitored treaty developments, including the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) from 1994 to the present. With a varied background that has included grassroots activism, campaign organising and consultancy work for the United Nations, the European Union and other government bodies, she was senior advisor for the International WMD (Blix) Commission 2004-06 and is currently Vice Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). She also serves as a special advisor to various international organisations.The United Nations in May 2009 published her book on civil society and government strategies to achieve the CTBT, titled Unfinished Business. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 1994.

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Affiliation : Franklin D. Roosevelt Visiting Fellow at Hunter College
Biography :

In 1999-2009 - President of The MacArthur Foundation.

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