The IAEA Voluntary Offer Agreement regarding the peaceful nuclear activities of the U.S. comes into force.



This research paper explores the Middle Eastern energy demand, carefully analyzing the factors that have led the regional countries to a decision to develop the nuclear industry. The paper sheds light on the advantages and disadvantages of various nuclear suppliers, including the Russian Federation. That makes the paper a matter of interest for nuclear energy specialists, policymakers, and a broad audience. It could also be useful research to read amid the upcoming Tenth Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.


On Tuesday, December 7, a video call took place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joseph Biden. The meeting comes at a difficult, yet interesting and eventful period in bilateral relations. In recent weeks, the Russian-American agenda has combined elements of tension and hostility with a glimmer of hope. On the one hand, Russia has faced accusations of seeking to escalate the situation in Ukraine, which have been accompanied by a major campaign in the American media and threats of new sanctions. On the other hand, some of the most recent signals contain potential solutions to the problems of the Russian-American dialogue, including in the field of arms control.


On November 25, PIR Center held the new Midweek Brainstorming session on the topic "State-level Concept and Politicization of the IAEA Safeguards System". Savva Nikulin, student of the Dual Degree M.A. Program Global Security, Nuclear Policy, WMD Nonproliferation (MGIMO University, MIIS, and PIR Center) presented for further discussion his report prepared within the internship at PIR Center. 

Junior Researcher of the Program Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program

Vacancy code: E13. "Junior Researcher of the Program Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program"

Program code: NPR

The volume and format of employment: In the state, or part-time, or at the GPA for 25-50% of the working time. Mixed remote-full-time or fully remote work format. An effective contract is possible. Living outside of Moscow, studying are not obstacles to applying for this vacancy.

Main duties:

• Participation in the implementation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program of the organization operating since 1994, under the leadership of the Program coordinator.

• Participation in research and information work on two or more projects from the list: "Future of the NPT & Russia’s Interests"; "Arms Control and Scenarios of Nuclear Disarmament"; "Rebuilding the Russian-American Dialogue on Global Security"; "Iranian Nuclear Program: Russia’s Interests"; "Russia’s Role in the Process of Establishing WMDFZ and Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy in the Middle East"; "Prospects of the Russian-Chinese Dialogue on Global Security, Nuclear Nonproliferation, and Arms Control"; "Oral History of Nuclear Nonproliferation: Voices from Russia"; "Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control) E-journal", "Annual Security Index" taking into account the candidate's previous professional training.

• Participation in the preparation, writing and editing of collective monographs, research papers, reports, analytical notes, online discussions, scientific articles in the publications of the PIR Center, as well as in leading publications, both of a general political profile and of a highly specialized orientation.

• Assistance in consolidating the leading positions of this Program and its results in the Russian Federation and in the world.

• Participation in the organization and conduct, independently or in partnerships, of scientific and practical forums, conferences, seminars, non-public events of the one-and-a-half track, under the guidance of the Program coordinator.

• Interaction with the Center's consultants working under this Program, as well as with members of the Center's Expert Council, whose main expertise is the non-proliferation of WMD.

• Participation in ensuring synergies between this programme and the Education & Training Program of the organization through constant content of Education & Training Program (participation in the publication of textbooks, seminars, conducting training programs, etc.)

• Participation in ensuring synergies between this programme and Information & Publications Program of the organization, through a permanent substance Information & Publications Program (filling the articles in electronic journals, newsletters, website, social networks, etc.), including the ability to edit one of e-newsletters on the profile of the Program

• Participation, on behalf of the director of the organization or the Program coordinator, in the largest international and Russian specialized forums

• Regular appearances in the media and in social networks on the issues of the Program

Requirements for candidates:

1) Higher education (completed or incomplete), with a mandatory bachelor's degree. Education in the profile of the Program, primarily within the framework of the master's degree of the double diploma "WMD Nonproliferation", is a significant plus.

2) Studying at a postgraduate or master's degree with the topic of a scientific dissertation on the profile of the Program is a plus.

3) Experience of scientific and organizational work in the field of WMD non-proliferation (at least 1 year). Passing an internship at the PIR Center, one of the educational programs of the PIR Center, belonging to the PIR Community are significant advantages.

4) Availability of scientific publications on the profile of the position that have a positive external review from members of the Executive Board or the Advisory Board of the PIR Center

5) The experience of scientific editing is a plus

6) Written recommendations from two members of the Executive Board of the ANO "PIR Center" or the Advisory Board of the PIR Center (in the absence of belonging to the PIR Community)

7) The desire to work in an independent organization, a steady interest in the development of expertise in the field of global security and non-proliferation, public diplomacy in Russia

8) Knowledge of at least two foreign languages, including fluent oral and written English

The application includes:

• Summary

• Motivation letter

• Recommendations (as specified in the requirements for the candidate)

Start of work: from 05.10.2021

The application should be sent to the director of the PIR Center V. A. Orlov by e-mail: [email protected] no later than 27.09.2021. In the subject of the letter, you must specify the vacancy code and the program code, and in the motivation letter – the volume and format of employment preferred for the candidate, as well as the preferred subject of projects.