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"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.


"I have always been interested in doing research work. I was brought up in the spirit that the main value is knowledge, and the main tool for acquiring knowledge is books", - Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.


20 years ago, the whole world was shocked by horrifying footage from the United States: suicide bombers from Al-Qaeda (banned in Russia) sent two hijacked airliners to the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the third plane-to the Pentagon building, located near Washington, and the fourth hijacked airliner fell into a field in Pennsylvania. As a result of these four coordinated terrorist attacks, about three thousand people were killed. The terrorist attack was the largest in terms of the number of victims in history, dividing the history of the United States and world history into "before" and "after".


On August 31, as part of the Midweek Brainstorming Sessions, the PIR Center held a webinar on the topic "Patch for diplomatic relations: prospects for Russian-American consultations on information security". The speaker of the webinar – Oleg Shakirov, a consultant of the PIR Center, a senior expert of the Center for Advanced Governance (CAG), an expert of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) presented his expert opinion on the possible results of the Russian-American negotiations on information security. This event continues the tradition of the PIR Center for the study of information challenges and threats to international and national security, which started 20 years ago.