France and India signed an agreement on cooperation in the peacefull use of nuclear energy
The signing in Washington DC of the Agreement between the U.S. and the USSR on Measures to Reduce the Risk of Outbreak of Nuclear War and the Agreement Between the U.S. and the USSR to Expand the U.S.-USSR Direct Communications Link.



PIR Center launches a contest for participation in the final seminar of the educational project Oral History of Nuclear Nonproliferation. The aim of the project is to preserve and transmit the memory of the role of Russian diplomats and the military in shaping the modern architecture of arms control, disarmament and nuclear nonproliferation. This project has no analogues in Russia and is intended to expand the understanding of the younger generation about the processes and events in such a traditionally non-public area as nuclear policy and diplomacy of Russia. The project will allow young international specialists to improve their skills in these issues, as well as share the results of their own research on topical issues of the nuclear nonproliferation regime.


Today, PIR Center celebrates the 95th anniversary of an outstanding Soviet diplomat, scientist, one of the main mentors of the PIR Center for more than 20 years – Amb. Roland Timerbaev. He was one of the world's largest experts in the field of nuclear nonproliferation, a diplomat who made a tremendous contribution to the preparation of the 1968 Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), a key document of the global security system. 


We continue to publish materials on the X NPT Review Conference under the rubric "Notes from the Field: 10th NPT Review Conference through the Eyes of Russian Public Diplomacy". This time, PIR Center Deputy Director Elena Karnaukhova talked to Ambassador Sergio Duarte, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), the Brazilian representative to several International organizations, focusing on disarmament issues, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the IAEA (1999-2000). He served the Brazilian Foreign Service for 48 years: the Ambassador of Brazil in a number of countries, including Austria, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia concurrently (1999-2002), China (1996-1999), Canada (1993-1996), and Nicaragua (1986-1991), Switzerland (1979-1986), the United States (1970-1974), Argentina (1963-1966), and Rome (1961-1963). Sergio Duarte stood at the origins of the NPT and was familiar with Roland Timerbaev.


PIR Center publishes the thesis of H.E. Sergey A. Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, for the International Scientific Conference “On the 60th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis”.

Training course for university professors and research institutes staff 2013 Instructors


11tr.jpgIldar A. Akhtamzyan,

Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy, MGIMO

Akhtamzyan has a Ph.D. in History. He is the author of a specialty course on nonproliferation at MGIMO and has been giving lectures on nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Research University MEPhI since 1998. He is the author of over 50 publications both in Russia and abroad on the history of international relations, arms control, and nonproliferation, including three compilations of documents on these topics. His most recent publications include Russian on WMD Threats, The Nuclear Factor in Iran’s Foreign and Energy Policies, and he is one of the authors of the encyclopedia Nuclear Nonproliferation. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Nonproliferation Review and the PIR Center Advisory Board, and is the recipient of the PIR Center prize For contributions to the formation of a nonproliferation culture in Russia (2009).

13-03-18_Baklitsky.jpgAndrey A. Baklitsky,

PIR Center Internet Project Director

PhD student at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Graduated from the Faculty of the International Relations of the Urals Federal University. Holds specialist degree in regional studies and simultaneous interpreter diploma. In the years 2008-2009 took a course at the University of Seville (Spain). Russian Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center) intern in May-July, 2011. Editor of PIR Center White Paper "Ten Steps toward a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East". The sphere of scientific interest includes international security, bigger Middle East, nuclear energy sector and nonproliferation.

 Buzhinskiy_new.jpgEvgeny P. Buzhinsky,

Senior Vice President, PIR Center

Ph.D. Lieutenant-General (Retired), Head of the International Treaty Directorate of the Main Department of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (2002-2009).PIR Center Consultant. Evgeny P. Buzhinsky was born on April 19, 1950, Moscow. In the Armed Services since 1968. Graduated from the Military Institute, M.V. Frunze Military academy. 1976-1992 – served in different positions as officer of the General Staff. 1992-2009 – served in positions of: Senior Officer, Deputy Head of Direction, Head of Direction, Deputy Head of Department, Head of Department of the International Treaty Directorate of the Main Department of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. In 2002 he was appointed on the position of Head of the International Treaty Directorate – Deputy Head of the Main Department of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. In 2010 he was PIR Center Consultant. He is a member of SuPR and International expert group.

demidov.jpgOleg V. Demidov,

Program Coordinator, International Information Security and Global Internet Governance, PIR Center

Oleg is the International Information Security and Global Internet Governance Program Coordinator at PIR Center and has been a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Political Science at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) since 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from the School of Public Administration at Moscow State University. From 2011-2012, he held the position of Project Coordinator at Center for Political and International Studies (CPIS) under the International Federation for Peace and Conciliation. Since 2012, he has served as an expert to the Comission on Information Security and Cybercrime in the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). 

Oleg has participated in a number of other educational programs, including the Center for International and Regional Politics's (CIRP) Winter School in 2011 and the PIR Center International Summer School on Global Security in 2012. In 2011, Oleg participated in the CSCAP Working Group on Cybersecurity, and since 2011 has been a participant in the international project “A Twenty-First Century Concert of Powers” under the Frankfurt Peace Research Institute (PRIF) (through 2014). Oleg is the author of a number of research articles on information security, global internet governance, and BRICS development in the PIR Center’s Security Index journal and other publications.

Oleg serves as the Secretary of PIR Center's Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance under the Center's Advisory Board.

SS-speakers-Kalinina.jpgNatalia I. Kalinina,

Senior Research Fellow, Head of the group on unconventional threats to security, Center for International Security Studies at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), RAS.

Professor, Doctor of Medical Sciences. One of the leading experts in the field of chemical and biological disarmament. Experienced scientist, auditor, multilateral person, whose reasearches in biologics, chemistry, policy, economy are of invaluable contribution to the science and for further reasearch perspectives. Held position of the Deputy Head of the Accounts Chamber. From 1993 to 2004 worked for central organs of political departments of the Russian Federation.

SS-speakers-Kozyulin.jpgVadim B. Kozyulin,

PIR Center Senior Research Fellow

PIR Center Research Fellow since 1994, Candidate of Political Science, Professor of the Academy of Military Science. 1990 graduate of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO). Former officer of the Soviet/Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Kozyulin worked at Moscow News Review, later was a representative of the Republic State Enterprise "Kazspetsexport" in Russia. In 2000-2002 Dr. Kozyulin accomplished the Management of Military and Technical Cooperation Program in the Russian Academy for Foreign Trade and defended a thesis on Military Technical Cooperation as a Mechanism of Regional Stability in Central Asia. He maintains close contacts with CIS and foreign export companies. His research interests are Arms Trade Treaty, Russia's military and technical cooperation with foreign countries, stability in Central Asia and Afghanistan.

 3murogov.jpgViktor M. Murogov,

PIR Center Advisory Board Member, Professor at the State Technical University of Nuclear Power

Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2012. Professor of State Technical University of Nuclear Power (Obninsk), Chief Scientist of Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Institute (Moscow), Director of Russian Association Nuclear Science and Education (RANSE).Graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Engineering in 1961. In 1989 he received Doctor's degree in Nuclear Physics. From 1996 to 2004 the Deputy General Director of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and represented the Russian Federation in IAEA. During this period he also worked as the Head of Department of Nuclear Energy of IAEA, General Manager of IAEA MP 1 – “Nuclear Power, Fuel Cycle and Nuclear Science”. In 2000-2003 a Project Manager for the NPRO International Project. In 2008 he became the Director of International Center Nuclear Education, MEPhI(Moscow). PIR Center Advisory Board Member since 2009.

 124_350_175.jpgVladimir A. Orlov,

PIR Center President, Editor-in-Chief of Security Index

A leading Russian expert in the field of international security and foreign policy of the Russian Federation. Dr. Orlov focuses his research on the study of modern threats and challenges to international security, above all - nuclear nonproliferation. Dr. Orlov founded PIR Center in 1994 and since then he has been heading work of this organization in Moscow, Russia. Since 2006 he also heads the Center's European branch based in Geneva, Centre russe d'etudes politiques. Member of the PIR Center's Executive Board. Since 1994 Vladimir Orlov is the Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal (until 2007 published under the Nuclear Control (Yaderny Kontrol) name). Dr. Orlov is a member of the Public Board at the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. Vladimir Orlov participates in the work of a number of Russian and international centers and groups in the field of international security. He is a member of the Russian Pugwash Committee under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a member of the Russian National Committee for BRICS Studies Research Council, a member of the Monterey Non-proliferation Strategy Group, a member of the International Nuclear Energy Academy (INEA), a member of the Trialogue Club International which he founded in 1993, a member of the Washington Quarterly Editorial Board. Dr. Orlov is Associate Research Fellow at GCSP. During the 2010 NPT Review Conference he served as a member of the official delegation of the Russian Federation. He has a PhD in Political Science.

Dr. Orlov is constantly engaged in teaching and educational activities, giving lectures on Russian foreign policy and on nuclear nonproliferation. He gives lectures on a regular basis in Moscow, Geneva, and Bishkek. Vladimir Orlov was the editor and co-author of the Nuclear Nonproliferation textbook in two volumes, second edition of which was released in 2003.

He is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books and monographs, about three hundred research papers and articles in the media. Recently, articles by Dr. Orlov, in addition to those that have been published in the Security Index journal, were published in the International Affairs (Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn) journal, Russia in Global Affairs magazine, the Washington Quarterly magazine, Seguridad Internacional magazine, and his columns regularly appear at Kommersant and Moskovskiye Novosti daily newspapers.

 13-03-15_Petrenko.jpgAlexey G. Petrenko,

Head, International Cooperation Department, Federal Financial Monitoring Service

Petrenko is a graduate of Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages. From 1989-1992, he worked in the Division of Information and International Affairs at the Institute of Social Sciences. After that, he worked in the Department of Foreign Engagement at the Russian State Committee on Industrial Policy. From 1996-2009, Petrenko served in a variety of positions in both domestic and foreign offices of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  13-03-15_Piskunova.jpgNatalia A. Piskunova,

Assistant, Theoretical and Experimental Physics of Nuclear Reactors Department, National research nuclear university «MEPhI»

Piskunova is an alumna of PIR’s Summer School 2011. She graduated from the Faculty of High-Tech Management and Economics at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI. Her academic interests include nuclear reactor safety, innovative reactors, economics of the nuclear fuel cycle, developments in the nuclear nonproliferation regime. She speaks Russian and English.

 Vorontsov.jpgAlexander V. Vorontsov,

Head of the Korea and Mongolia Department at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)

Vorontsov received his Ph.D. in History in 1985 from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Prior to this, he received his undergraduate degree from the Korean Studies Department of the Institute of Asianand African Studies at Moscow State University (MGU) in 1981. While at MGU, he spent a year (1979-1980) as a student in the Philology Faculty at Kim Il-Sung University in Pyongyang.

Vorontsov was a Research Associate in the Department of Complex Problems in International Relations from 1984-2000. From 1996-1998, Vorontsov taught Korean history and economics and the Oriental University, and since 2000 has been a professor at the Russian Academy of Military Sciences. He was a visiting professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul from 1998-2000 in regional and international studies, and at the University of Economics and Law in Osaka, Japan in 2004. From 2000-2002, he served as the Second Secretary of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang. In 2002, he became Head of the Korea Section, Korea and Mongolia Department at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) before being promoted to Head of the Korea and Mongolia Department in 2005. He is also one of the leading research associates and an instructor at the International Center for Korean Studies at Moscow State University, where he also serves as advisor to graduate students from the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Russia.

Vorontsov is a member of the Editorial Board for the informational newsletter Unity (Edinstvo). He has served as the Deputy Secretary-General of the International Society for Korean Studies since 1998 (ISKS, Osaka, Japan), is a member of the Board of Directors for the Friendship and Culture Society between the Russian Federation and DPRK, and is a recipient of the DPRK’s “Friendship” medal. His professional interests include contemporary international relations on the Korean peninsula, in East Asia, and Southeast Asia, and the Asia-Pacific region; modern Korean history; the Korean challenge in international relations; and inter-Korean relations. Vorontsov is the author of over 150 publications and has participated in a number of international conferences on Korea.

13-03-18_Zulkharneev.jpgAlbert F. Zulkharneev,

PIR Center Education and Training Program Director

Graduated with a Masters degree from the Ural State University, International Relations Department. In 2007 received a Master degree in history from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). In 2003-2005 participated in international courses of Farsi language and literature. In fall 2004, participated in PIR Center lecture course on "Nuclear nonproliferation: International Legal, political and economic aspects," organized within the framework of the Ural State University. Completed an internship at PIR Center in 2007.