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The USSR launches the Earth’s first artificial satellite (Sputnik).
04.10.1957
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04.10.2022

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.

04.10.2022

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.

04.10.2022

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.

04.10.2022

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.

About the Program

Our Aim

The program prepares students for professional careers in the nonproliferation field in national governments, international organizations, academia, think tanks, and the private sector. The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on global security, history, science and technology, area studies, public policy, and research methods—with a particular emphasis on practical skills.

 

Intended Outcomes

The program will provide students with essential competencies:

● advanced knowledge of WMD nonproliferation regimes, both global and regional

● knowledge about peaceful uses of nuclear energy and how to minimize potential proliferation risks

● familiarity with best practices in nuclear and WMD security

● knowledge of arms control and disarmament

● knowledge of terrorism and tools for countering it

● quantitative analysis skills

● foreign language skills

● strong practical skills from internship opportunities in Moscow, Monterey, Washington, D.C., Geneva, and Vienna

 

Unique Courses and Program Structure

Students will take classes at MGIMO in Moscow in the fall semester of the first year. They will take classes at MIIS in Monterey in the second and third semesters (spring of the first year and fall of the second year). The fourth and final semester will be devoted to an internship and thesis preparation, with the student’s location determined on a case-by-case basis. The total workload of the program is 120 ECTS credits (60 U.S. credits), including classes and internships, as well as preparation and defense of a master’s thesis. All courses are delivered in English. However, native English speakers will also study Russian or another language.

 

Dual Degree

The graduates are awarded two master’s degrees: one from the Middlebury Institute with a degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies (MANPTS) and the other from MGIMO University with a degree in international affairs.

 

Semesters One and Four at MGIMO

International Affairs (60 ECTS)

 

First Year, Fall

September–December

(30 ECTS)

January

● Core Courses

● Elective Courses

● Research Work

Exams

    

Second Year, Spring

February–May (30 ECTS)

June

Internship

● Thesis Research Work

● Final Exam

● Thesis Defense


Core Courses

● International Security and Global Issues

● Modern Strategy of the Russian Foreign Policy

● Methodology of Research and International Analysis

● International Organizations and Multilateral Regulation of WMD Nonproliferation

● History of Nuclear Programs and WMD Nonproliferation Regimes

● Great Powers and Regional Subsystems in World Politics

● Introduction to Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime and Current Global Developments

● Theory and Practice of Negotiations in the Sphere of WMD Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament

● Regional Challenges to WMD Nonproliferation (Middle East, South and East Asia, Pacific)

Foreign Language


Elective Courses

● Russian Foreign and Security Policy on WMD Nonproliferation

● Modern International Conflicts and Peacekeeping—post-Soviet Space and Asia Pacific Region

● New Challenges to Nonproliferation Regimes

● Missile and Missile Technologies Proliferation

● International Cooperation in Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Nonproliferation

● Militarization of New Spaces

● Modern Arms Control Issues

● Nuclear Weapon-Free Zones

 

Semesters Two and Three at MIIS:

Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (60 ECTS)


First Year, Spring

Second Year, Fall

Late January–May (30 ECTS)

Late August–December (30 ECTS)

● Core Courses

● Elective Courses

● Research Work

● Core Courses

● Elective Courses

● Research Work

 

Core Courses

Foreign Language

● Introduction to WMD Nonproliferation

● Introduction to Terrorism Studies

● Science and Technology for NPTS


Elective Courses

U.S. National Security Policy Making

● NPT Simulation

● Open Source Tools for NP Analysis

● Evolution of Chinese Nuclear Policy

● Seminar: Counterterrorism

● Seminar: Nuclear Forensics

● Seminar: CBRN Terrorism

● Security and Arms Control in Northeast Asia

● Quantitative Data Analysis

● The Nuclear Age: An Historical Introduction

● Cybersecurity Aspects of Nuclear Security

● Israel and the Bomb

● Seminar: Deterring and Influencing Terrorism and WMD

● Seminar: Strategic Trade Controls and Nonproliferation

● Seminar: WMD Proliferation in the Middle East

● Seminar: Biological and Chemical Weapons and Arms Control

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