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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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Terrorism has been a threat to Russia since the 19th century. Taking on different forms – from the revolutionary Narodnaya Volya to national separatism with an infusion of Wahhabism in Chechnya to jihadist semi-criminal groups of North Caucasus – it has arguably influenced the pace and ...

How to prevent placement of weapons in Outer Space: challenges and solutions (Russian priorities) image

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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Baranovsky, Sergey I. image
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.

Barsky Kirill image
Position : Russian President's Special Envoy to Shanghai Cooperation Organization
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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.

Barzegar Kayhan image
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.

Baturin Yuri M image
Affiliation : the Institute for the History of Science and Technology (IHST), Russian Academy of Sciences
Position : Director
Bayadilov, Ergali image
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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.

Beck, Michael image
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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.

Begtin, Ivan V. image
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." 

Bekebaeva Ainagul image
City : Astana, Kazakhstan
Biography :

participant of PIR Center Summer School 2007

BELOV Eugenij image
City : Minsk, Belarus
Affiliation : Attaché, Department of International Security and Arms Control, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus
Berberikh Marina image
City : Volgograd, Russia
Affiliation : Lecturer, Volzhsky Institute of Humanities
Berdennikov Grigory V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Russian Federation
Position : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Ambassador at Large
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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.

Berls, Robert E. image
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.

Bieniawski, Andrew image
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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.

Blashchanitsa Artem V. image
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.

Blix Hans image
City : Stokholm
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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.

Bogatov, Oleg V. image
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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.

Bokhanovsky Leonid image
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.
Bolognini, Giancarlo image
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Born October 1, 1941. Education: Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University La Sapienza, 1965; Degree in Nuclear Engineering, University La Sapienza.

Bondareva, Maria A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Intern, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program
Biography :

She is a fourth-year student at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and a PIR-Center intern since July 2020. Participated in the International UN Model, organized jointly by MGIMO University and ANUDI, Madrid in July 2020. She was an exchange student in Lisbon, Portugal for the autumn semester in 2019. Completed a course of German and Germany’s foreign policy in Göttingen, Germany in August 2019. Attended the Portuguese language and politics course in Coimbra, Portugal in June-July 2018. Recipient of the Russian Presidential Grand and Shodiev scholarship. Speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, German. Her research interests include the nuclear nonproliferation regime, the Iranian nuclear program.

Bondarevskiy Artem image
City : Moscow, Russia
Biography :

participant of PIR Center Summer School 2009

Borodavkin Alexey image
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.

Bosiuk Oksana image
City : Kiev, Ukraine
Affiliation : Directorate of Arms Control and Military & Technical Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Bozhko Sergiy image
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.

Bratersky Maksim image
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.

Brian Preece image
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.

Brilev, Sergei B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Rossiya TV Channel
Position : Deputy Director
Biography :

Well-known journalist, and analyst. Has interviewed high-ranking government officials, politicians, and prominent public figures, including the Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev. His professional accomplishments have been celebrated by many awards. Winner of the TEFI-2001 national television prize as the best TV news journalist and winner of the Best Pen in Russia prize (2002). An active member of London's Foreign Press Association. Since 2004, member of the Russian Television Academy.

Brooks, Linton image
Affiliation : Senior Advisor, CSIS; Research Fellow, National Defense University
Biography :

Linton F. Brooks is an independent consultant on national security issues, a senior adviser at CSIS, a distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University, and an adviser to four of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories. He served from July 2002 to January 2007 as administrator of DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration, where he was responsible for the U.S. nuclear weapons program and for DOE’s international nuclear nonproliferation programs. Ambassador Brooks has five decades of experience in national security, much of it associated with nuclear weapons. His government career has included service as deputy administrator for nuclear nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration, assistant director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, chief U.S. negotiator for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, director of defense programs and arms control on the National Security Council staff, and a number of U.S. Navy and Defense Department assignments as a 30-year career naval officer. Ambassador Brooks holds degrees in physics from Duke University and in government and politics from the University of Maryland and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. He has been associated with the CSIS Project of Nuclear Issues (PONI) since its inception.

Bulochnikov, Anatoly M. image
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Mr. Bulochnikov is the Director of the Center for Export Controls. He is one of the authors of “The Guide to Legal Documents of the Russian Federation in the Export Control Field”. Member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.

Bundin, Vladimir S. image
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From 1994 to 2001 served as Academic Secretary of Public Organization “Moscow Biotechnology Academy”, Chief Secretary of All-Russian Public Organization “Academy of Biotechnology”, Chief Specialist of the Department of Convention Problems of Biological Weapons, Russian Munitions Agency.

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