The USSR launches the Earth’s first artificial satellite (Sputnik).



PIR Center continues a section "PIR Test". This project in the form of a game carries equally educational, research and analytical meaning. Users are given the opportunity to take the test - to answer one of the designated questions. Our today's PIR Test is about the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction.


65 years ago, on October 4, 1957, the first artificial satellite, Sputnik-1, was launched into Earth's orbit under the code name PS-1. This event has a great influence. The launch of the first satellite marked the beginning of space exploration.


The authoritative publishing house Palgrave Macmillan (part of the Springer publishing group) releases the 2nd edition of the monograph Russian–American Nuclear Nonproliferation Dialogue: Lessons Learned and Road Ahead. The book was prepared by a team of 13 young and experienced researchers, edited by PIR Center Founder and Director Vladimir Orlov and PIR Center Research Fellow Sergey Semenov. It is also supplied with prefaces from William Potter, director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), and Anatoly Torkunov, Rector of MGIMO of the Russian Foreign Ministry.


PIR Center congratulates its director and founder Dr Vladimir A. Orlov on his birthday. Vladimir Orlov founded PIR Center in 1994, turning it over the years into a leading Russian and international independent research institute in the field of nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament and international security.

XXI International School on Global Security for young professionals


On June 1826, 2022, PIR Center will host the XXI International School on Global Security. The event will be held in Zvenigorod, Moscow region. This year, the agenda of the School will encompass challenges and threats to, as well as opportunities for enhancing Eurasian security in current geopolitical and technological conditions.

PIR Center International School on Global Security is an international educational platform that provides young professionals with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of modern global security challenges and threats, advance their knowledge on key developments of Eurasian security, develop the skills of situational analysis and joint project activities while enabling communication between international relations specialists. Participation in the School is an effective tool for professional career growth and a vital instrument of shaping an agenda for Eurasian cooperation.

Graduates of the School traditionally join PIR Center's international community of international relations experts – PIR Alumni Community. Its most impressive accomplishment includes over 770 graduates of the main educational projects of PIR Center, such as International School on Global Security, training and lecture courses, an internship program, and Dual Degree M.A. Program in Nonproliferation Studies (developed jointly by MGIMO University, PIR Center, and Middlebury Institute of International Studies, MIIS, Monterey, USA), International Timerbaev Nuclear Debates, etc. Of these, over four and a half hundred graduates have successfully completed PIR Center's International School on Global Security. Throughout twenty years of its implementation, the School has received recognition in Russia as well as abroad.

Key formats of PIR Center International School on Global Security in 2022 include lectures, seminars, trainings, business cases, debates, meetings with officials and publicists, panel sessions, situational analysis, strategic sessions (group work with mentors), and cultural excursions.

Main thematic areas of XXI PIR Center International School on Global Security:

● WMD nonproliferation regime.

● Development of international cooperation on peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

● Arms control in the age of new geopolitical and technological development and arms race prevention. 

● Cybersecurity and cyberspace as a space for war and cooperation. 

● Information threat and hybrid warfare.

● New technologies and digital transformation phenomenon. 

● Trends in contemporary armed conflicts and the practice of cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

● Transnational threats to security in Eurasia.

● Towards a new European security agenda.

The working language of the School is Russian. Since some sessions may be held in English, participants should demonstrate advanced knowledge of Russian and English.

For many years the list of the School instructors includes such experts as Chair of PIR Center’s Executive Board Dr. Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky; Special Correspondent of Kommersant Publishing House Dr. Elena Chernenko; Director-General of International Uranium Enrichment Center Mr. Gleb Efremov; Counselor to the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Mr. Andrey Ilnitskiy; Academic Advisor of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dr. Vitaliy Naumkin; Member of the Russian State Duma, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on BRICS Research, Head of Russkiy Mir Foundation Dr. Viacheslav Nikonov; Director and Founder of PIR Center, President and Founder of Trialogue Club International Dr. Vladimir Orlov; Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo Dr. Dmitry Polikanov; Russian Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation H.E. Sergey Ryabkov; Director of the Center of Euro-Asian Studies, Institute for International Studies, MGIMO University, Member of PIR Center Advisory Board Dr. Ivan Safranchuk; Lead Researcher and Head of Peace and Conflict Studies Unit, IMEMO RUS, Dr. Ekaterina Stepanova; Member of Directorate of IMEMO RUS, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia (1996-2000), PIR Center Executive Board Member General of the Army Vyacheslav Trubnikov; PIR Center Advisory Board Members Dr. Alexey Ubeev and Mr. Michael Yakushev, and others. 

Participants. 25 young international relations and global security experts of different occupations are invited to participate in the School, including diplomats, military officers, scholars, analysts, students, journalists, public figures, representatives of international organizations. The School is open to participants from Russia and foreign states with a strong interest in global security developments and international cooperation in Eurasia.

Venue. The School will take place in the ancient Russian city of Zvenigorod. The hotel is located near some of the unique landmarks of Russian culture and military glory. The cultural program of the School includes cultural excursions.

XXI PIR Center International School on Global Security is organized with support from Presidential Grant Foundation, Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, and Russkiy Mir Foundation.

The organizers bear the costs of accommodation and meals of the participants of the School. They are further responsible for providing the participants with the necessary handouts, literature, and sources to prepare for the School. Travel expenses (to Moscow and back) of non-resident participants are covered by the sending party. Based on individual applications, however, PIR Center may reimburse air travel expenses for participants from distant regions of Russia (Siberia, the Far East) as well as the CIS countries.

Each participant is provided with the following: the School’s main (educational) program, handouts, reading materials to prepare for the School; opportunity to take part in receptions and excursions; accommodation in comfortable double rooms and three meals per day (buffet); transfers from Moscow to Zvenigorod and back, and visa support (when necessary).



To take part in the contest for participants of the XXI International School on Global Security, applicants need to:

1. FILL OUT the electronic form via the attached link.

2. SEND an e-mail letter to [email protected] providing the organizers with the following:

 CV / Resume.

 Letter of intent (in Russian), specifying the goals of participation in the program.

 Recommendation / reference letter to the School from the head of the sending organization or its division / supervisor in Russian or English.

Additionally, applicants may attach any other supporting documents to strengthen their profile (such as a list of publications).

The email should be titled International School 2022 Application (indicated in the subject line).

3. RECEIVE e-mail confirmation from the School’s organizing committee that their application is accepted for consideration.

The organizers may ask for an interview with the candidate (to be held in online format).

The documents should be sent to Elena Karnaukhova, PIR Center Education & Training Program Coordinator, via e-mail: [email protected]


The application deadline is April 17, 2022.

Download Presentational Flyer on XXI PIR Center International School on Global Security (18-26 June, 2022)


What is the PIR Center International School on Global Security? (video)


For all questions regarding the participation in the XXI PIR Center International School on Global Security, please contact Elena Karnaukhova, PIR Center Education & Training Program Coordinator by e-mail [email protected].