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What Can Moscow and Washington Do ahead of the 2020 NPT Review Conference: Online Seminar Among Russian and US Students


MOSCOW, DECEMBER 12. PIR PRESS. “MGIMO and MIIS students organize online seminars since 2015 but this is the first time when such discussion is moderated by two think-tanks. To establish a sustainable dialogue between Russia and the United States on nuclear nonproliferation it is essential to train a new generation of specialists in this field,” – PIR Center’s “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Adlan Margoev.  

On November 27, 2018, PIR Center and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) held an online seminar for the students of the international dual degree Master’s Program on WMD Nonproliferation established by MGIMO University and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) in 2016 in partnership with and at the initiative of PIR Center.

The students of the second and third cohorts of the dual degree program presented a roadmap for Russia-U.S. cooperation on the NPT Review Process. The second cohort participated in the seminar from Monterey, and the third cohort – while in their first semester in Moscow.

The students discussed challenges to the nonproliferation regime as well as issues that could lay the ground for U.S.-Russia cooperation for the sake of ensuring a successful 2020 NPT Review Conference. The students were divided into three groups, each covering a pillar of the NPT: nonproliferation, disarmament, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

The roadmap was aimed at answering two questions:

  1. What are the key challenges to the NPT and its three pillars – nonproliferation, disarmament, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy?
  2. What should Russia and the United States do in order to strengthen the NPT and secure a successful NPT Review Conference in 2020?

The presentation served as a food-for-thought paper that incited further discussion in which other students, as well as the PIR Center and CNS staff members took part. The participants agreed that honoring the past NPT-related commitments is necessary for the future success of the Treaty’s review process. The role of individuals involved in this process was underlined as well. It was suggested that the review process would benefit from a greater substantive engagement of the expert community and more informal interactions among the delegates.

The event was designed as part of the joint project led by PIR Center and the CNS on the U.S.-Russia dialogue on the NPT Review Process.

For additional information related to educational projects please contact PIR Center’s Projects Coordinator Yulia Sych by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or e-mail [email protected]. For questions related to the “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program, you can visit PIR Center’s webpage or contact the Program Director Adlan Margoev by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or e-mail [email protected].