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In an Vladimir Orlov's interview, director of PIR Center, with Jorge Ferrer, a journalist of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the issues of the risks of using nuclear weapons against the background of the Ukrainian conflict are touched upon. We also talked about how the Chekhov rifle differs from nu...

PIR Center conducted an interview with Professor Mustafa Kibaroglu, Ph.D in International Relations, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences at the MEF University in Istanbul, a PIR Center Advisory Board member. We discussed the possibility of exporting U.S. nuclear tec...

Interview with Evgeny Buzhinskiy, a retired Russian lieutenant-general, Ph.D. Military Sciences, chairman of the Executive Board of PIR Center, about the first successful test of the new intercontinental ballistic missile RS-28 Sarmat on April 20 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

 

Yesterday Russia tes...

Interview with Evgeny Buzhinskiy, a retired Russian lieutenant-general, Ph.D. Military Sciences, chairman of the Executive Board of PIR Center, about the first combat use by Russia of the Kinzhal hypersonic missile at the ammunition depot of the Ukrainian army in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.

 

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PIR Center conducted an interview with Nikolay Spassky, Deputy General Director-Director of the International Activities Unit of the state Corporation Rosatom. We discussed aspects of Russian-Iranian cooperation in the framework of the JCPOA negotiations, as well as the prospects and priorities of ...

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Antipov, Sergey V. image
Affiliation : Associate Professor, Head of Department, Nuclear Safety Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
Biography :

Doctor of Technical Sciences. Head of Department of Nuclear Safety Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences. Formerly, Head Adviser of Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russian Federation. 2004-2006 - Deputy Head of Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russian Federation. 2003-2004 - Deputy Minister of Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation Double winner of the Kurchatov Prize. Author of more than 50 scientific articles and reports. Participant in the Chernobyl cleanup operation. Research interests: nonproliferation, physical protection, accounting and control of nuclear materials, nuclear submarine dismantlement issues within the program the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Scientific coordinator of the Nonproliferation Project in the RRC Kurchatov Institute. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

Baklitskiy, Andrey A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Arms control
Biography :

Consultant at PIR Center, a member of the Deep Cuts Commission and expert at Valdai Club International. He has previously served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, PIR Center «Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation» Program Director and the Editor-in-Chief of monthly e-bulletin “Yaderny Kontrol” (“Nuclear Control”). Mr. Baklitskiy was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2019-2020. He taught courses on nuclear nonproliferation and emerging technologies at the MGIMO University and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He regularly contributes to Russian and international media and has authored numerous articles and reports. Mr. Baklitskiy graduated from the Urals Federal University with a specialist diploma in regional studies. His expertise includes nuclear arms control, nuclear non-proliferation, Iranian nuclear program, and US-Russian strategic relations. 03/22

Kovchegin Dmitry image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Independent consultan
Expertise :
Nuclear safety
Biography :

Graduated from the Moscow Engeneering and Physics Institute, program on security, accounting and controls of nuclear materials and nonproliferation. 1999 - intern at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). Worked as a Research Fellow at PIR Center (1999-2002) and the Belfer center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Since 2004 supports implementation of multiple nuclear security cooperation programs in Russia and other FSU countries as a consultant in the Moscow office of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. and as independent consultant since 2013. Member of PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Cooperation in Mass Destruction Weapon Nonproliferation and Physical Nuclear Safety (2012-2015). Member of PIR Center Advisory Board since 2015.

Lebedeva Yulia image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : First Secretary, First Department of the CIS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation
Lysenko, Mikhail N. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (retired), Associate Professor, International Law Department, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Position : Associate Professor
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. From 2008 to 2014 Mikhail Lysenko was Head of International Relations Department at Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation. Previously, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the New Zealand (2004-2008). In 2000-2004 held the position of Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament. Was in diplomatic service from 1977 to 2008, has worked at the Soviet Embassies and Russian Embassies in the U.S., Canada and the New Zealand. In 1977 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Candidate of Law. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

Van der Meer, Adriaan image
Affiliation : Executive Director of the International Science and Technology Centre
Biography :

Graduated from the Law Faculty of the State University of Leyden (The Netherlands). Received PhD from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). He started his working career at the Ministry of Agriculture in The Netherlands dealing with EU related issues but also with questions regarding the integration of environmental objectives into the national agricultural policy. In 1988-1995, he worked on agricultural matters as Secretary of the Biotechnology Coordination Committee (BCC) of the European Commission. In 2002 he was posted as Head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Cyprus. Later he worked as representative of the European Commission to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from 2005 to 2008 and was among others co-responsible for the implementation of the new strategy of the EU for Central Asia.

Yelchenko Volodymyr image
Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Russian Federation
Biography :

Graduated from the Faculty of International Relations and International Law at Kiev State University in 1981. Since 1981 he has worked in the diplomatic service of Ukraine. From December 2000 he served at various senior posts within the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine including the First Deputy Foreign Minister. In 2005–2006 he was Ukraine's ambassador to Austria. In 2005–2010 was the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to international organizations in Vienna.

Zulkharneev, Albert F. image
City : Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Affiliation : Rossotrudnichestvo
Position : Deputy Head of the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo - Russian House in Bishkek
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Foreign policy of the Russian Federation
International security policy of the Russian Federation
Сivil and expert diplomacy
Biography :

Since December 2021, Deputy Head of the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo - Russian House in Bishkek. In 2019 – 2021 Deputy Head of the Projects’ Department at Executive Office of the All-Russia People's Front (ONF). In 2007 – 2019 member of staff in PIR Center. PIR Center Education and Training Program Director, PIR Center Executive Director in 2013-2015. PIR Center Director in 2015-2019. Consultant to PIR Center in 2019-2021, then Advisor to Director of PIR Center. In 2015 – 2020 Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Graduated from PhD studies at the Faculty of World Politics and World Economy of the National Research University - Higher School of Economics. In 2008 graduated with Master degree from the International Relations Department of the Ural State University and got Master degree in History from Central European University (2007, Budapest, Hungary). In 2003-2005 participated in international courses of Farsi language and literature. In August - December 2011 scholar of the Program for teaching and research at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.  Participant of sessions of the Preparatory Committee for the NPT Review Conference 2012-2013 and 2017 - 2020 and the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The organizer of the PIR Center International School on Global Security, the programs for improving professional skills of Central Asian specialists, the course on global security of the international session of the youth forum "Seliger",  the joint educational course of the PIR Center and MGIMO "nonproliferation of WMD" and a Dual Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies (MGIMO - Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey - PIR Center). Member of PIR Center Advisory Board. 12/21

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