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On October 4, PIR Center within the Dual Degree M.A. Program Global Security, Nuclear Policy and WMD Nonproliferation, developed jointly by MGIMO, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS, USA) and PIR Center, held an open lecture by Dr. William Potter, Director of James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (USA), on the topic: «The Evolving Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: Challenges and Opportunities». The event was held under the auspices of the PIR Center project to create a scientific and educational platform NONPROLIFERATION.WORLD, which will become a single scientific, educational and communication portal for the current and future generation of experts in the field of international security.


The research is aimed at analyzing the military-technical aspects of strategic offensive arms control. By reviewing the nuclear doctrines and the available open-source data on the two countries’ respective nuclear arsenals, the author analyzes the impact of the New START Treaty implementation on the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals as well as discusses the potential implication of the two countries’ nuclear forces modernization programs on the future arms control agreements. The paper is structured into four sections, discussing the state and development of Russian and U.S. nuclear forces in 2011-2021, the two countries’ nuclear forces modernization plans and relevant discussions within expert and policymaking communities.


AUKUS, Russian-American talks in Geneva, JCPOA, gender in international security, CTBTO - these and other topics were touched upon and explored by our authors in the new issue of the electronic journal "Yaderny Kontrol". 


"I think world politics makes sense if we believe in the idea of progress. You know, it seems to me that there are two views of the world: cyclical – everything develops in a circle, there are cycles of peace and war, all states are created and disintegrate – and then, it seems to me, there is no special meaning in international politics. But there is another point of view: everything is spiraling, the world is becoming more humane and stable. And then progress can be considered the meaning. This idea is closer to me," – Andrey Kortunov, Director General of RIAC.


This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of the development of the concept of prompt global strike (PGS) from the 2000s to the present. In the first chapter, the author examines the political foundations of the PGS concept, paying special attention to the history of discussions on the problems of a rapid global strike within the United States itself. The second chapter summarizes the steps of various American administrations in the field of military-technical realization of the potential of PGS. In the third chapter, the author gives an assessment of the international political consequences of the PGS concept, and in the fourth – assesses the reaction of Russia and China to the PGS concept.


On September 23, PIR Center held a workshop within the framework of the Midweek Brainstorming sessions series “Analysis of strategic non-nuclear and hypersonic weapons of the People's Republic of China in the Asia-Pacific region”. The defense was presented by the research work of Maxim Lats, a master's degree student at St. Petersburg State University, prepared following the results of a five-month internship at the PIR Center.


On September 27, 1927, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Roland Mikhailovich Timerbaev was born. A man who, until the last days of his life, inspired us, with whom we, the Feasts, regularly "checked the clock". Roland Timerbaev was one of the world's leading experts in the field of nuclear nonproliferation, a diplomat who made a huge contribution to the preparation of the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), a key document of the global security system.


Opening meetings were held in Moscow in order to welcome 6th cohort students and professors of the Dual Degree M.A. Program Global Security, Nuclear Policy and WMD Nonproliferation, developed jointly by MGIMO, Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS, USA) at Monterey and PIR Center.


The PIR Center team is waiting for new young specialists who are passionate about the problems of nuclear non-proliferation and global security to fill the following vacancies: Nonproliferation & Russia Program Coordinator, Junior Researcher of the Program Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program, Assistant to the coordinator of the Education & Training Program and Assistant Director of the Program "Global & Regional Security: New Ideas for Russia". 


The final working meeting of the authors of the PIR Center monograph dedicated to the historical experience and prospects of the Russian-American dialogue on nuclear nonproliferation was held on the Zvenigorod land. The book covers a wide range of issues of Russian-American cooperation in the nuclear sphere, from negotiations on Articles I and II of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to the current state of the NPT review process.