PIR Center, P.O. Box 17, 117454, Moscow, Russia
Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov is the founding Director of the Moscow-based PIR-Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center). In addition to carrying out his overall responsibilities as the head of the Center, Dr. Orlov directs the Center’s Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program, is the Editor-in-Chief of the Center’s journal on international security, arms control, and nonproliferation, Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control), and serves as the Chair of the PIR Arms Control Educational Seminar Series for the Russian Decision-Making Community and Legislators.
Orlov is also a professor at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI). In addition, Orlov is the Director of the Editorial Board from the Nuclear Security newsletter of the National Press Institute, Moscow. In 1994, he was a visiting scholar and Senior Researcher at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies and is currently a member of the Core Group on Nuclear Nonproliferation at the institute. Orlov was the Vice President, a member of the Board of Directors, columnist, political analyst, and head of department for Moskovskiye Novosti (Moscow News) from 1990-1996. Orlov graduated in 1990 from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) under the Foreign Ministry of the USSR. In 1997, he defended his dissertation in political science at MGIMO as well.
Orlov writes for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye (Independent Military Review), Vremya MN daily, Itogi magazine, Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control), Nonproliferation Review, Krasnaya Zvezda daily, Pro et Contra quarterly, and other Russian and international media. He has also edited several books and written chapters for several books on nonproliferation published in the West and in Russia.
Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, born on October 4, 1968, is the founding Director of the Moscow-based PIR Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR Center), which was created in April 1994.
In addition to carrying out his overall responsibilities as the head of the Center, Dr. Orlov directs the Center’s Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program, is the Editor-in-Chief of the Center’s journal on international security, arms control, and nonproliferation, which is called Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control), and serves as Chair of the PIR Arms Control Educational Seminar Series for the Russian Decision-Making Community and Legislators.
Dr. Orlov’s current areas of research include
- The role of Russia in shaping the future of the international nuclear nonproliferation regime
- Russia’s nonproliferation policies and practices; and the 2000 NPT Review Conference
- Export controls in Russia
- Evaluation of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program (CTR) in Russia and policy recommendations for the future of the program
- The problem of possible unauthorized access to nuclear weapons and fissile materials in Russia
- April 1994 – current. Director, Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR Center)
- January 1995 – current. Editor-in-Chief, Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control) journal
- November 1995 – December 1996. Vice President, Moskovskiye Novosti Ltd.
- March 1994 – June 1996. Member of Board of Directors, Moskovskiye Novosti Ltd.
- August 1990 – December 1996. Columnist, political analyst, head of department,
- Moskovskiye Novosti (Moscow News) weekly
- February – May 1994 Visiting Scholar, Senior Researcher, Center for Nonproliferation
- Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
- 1997. Defended Ph.D. dissertation in political sciences at the Moscow State Institute – University of International Relations (MGIMO). Dissertation title: “Prospects for the international nuclear nonproliferation regime for late 90s and the results of the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference”
- 1985-1990. Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) under the Foreign Ministry of the USSR. Graduated with honors.
OTHER CURRENT POSITIONS AND HONORS
- Member, Russian Chapter, Institute of Nuclear Materials Management
- Director of the Editorial Board, Nuclear Security newsletter of the National Press Institute, Moscow
- Professor, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI).
- Member, Core Group on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
- Member, Program on New Approaches to Russian Security (PONARS)
- Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
- Member, International Board of Vector journal, and member of the Board, International Institute for Policy Studies, Minsk
- Member, Research Council, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Kyev
Dr. Orlov writes for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye (Independent Military Review), Vremya MN daily, Itogi magazine, Yaderny Kontrol (Nuclear Control), Nonproliferation Review, Krasnaya Zvezda daily, Pro et Contra quarterly, and other Russian and international media. He has also written chapters for a several books on nonproliferation published in the West (some of which are listed below). Among his numerous articles the most recent are:
- Yadernoye Nerasprostraneniye. (Nuclear Nonproliferation). A Book for Graduate Students and Young Researchers (in Russian). Editor and co-author. Moscow, 2000 (forthcoming)
- Export Controls in Russia: Policy and Practices. Editor and co-author of the book. Moscow, April 2000 (in Russian)
- Position of the Russian Federation at the New York Conference: Russia Could Play a Key Role in Strengthening Nonproliferation Regime (with Roland Timerbaev). Nezavisimaya Gazeta, April 20, 2000, p.12.
- Concerted Effort Needed on Nonproliferation (with Roland Timerbaev). Moscow Times. April 19, 2000, p.9
- Russia’s Political Players (with Dmitry Evstafiev). Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, March/April 2000, p.57-62
- Nuclear Weapons: The Russian Public Speaks (with Ivan Safranchuk). ). Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January/February 2000, p.16-18
- The 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference: Peculiarities, Results, and Lessons. Moscow, 1999, 56 pp.
- Export Controls and Nuclear Smuggling in Russia, chapter in: Dangerous Weapons, Desperate States. Russia, Belarus, Kazakstan, and Ukraine, eds. Gary K. Bertsch and William C. Potter, Routledge, 1999, 285pp.
- The Mystery of the Sunken Gyros (with William Potter), The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, November-December 1998
- O Nekotorykh Osobennostyakh Politiki Izrailya v Voprosakh Nerasprostraneniya (On Some Specifics of the Israeli Nonproliferation Policy), Yaderny Kontrol, November – December, 1998
- Russia, Iran, Iraq, and Export Controls: Facts and Conclusions, The Monitor, Spring – Summer, 1998
- Natsionalnaya Bezopansost Rossii i Diplomatiya (Russia’s National Security and Diplomacy), Krasnaya Zvezda, May 7, 1998)
- Nuclear Terrorism: The Case of Russia. Disarmament Diplomacy. November 1997
- Chto Vygodno Minatomu (What is in Minatom’s Interests…), Pro et Contra, Summer 1997
- Perspectives of Russian Decision-makers and Problems of Implementation. Chapter in: Dismantling the Cold War. U.S. and NIS Perspectives on the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. J. Shields and W. Potter, editors (MIT Press, 1997)
CONFERENCES AND LECTURES
Dr. Orlov has attended and spoken at many of conferences including, most recently:
- Review Conference of the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), U. N. Headquarters, New York, April – May 2000.
- Conference and Policy Briefings on New Approaches to Russian Security under President Putin, Washington, May 2000.
- Tactical Nuclear Weapons (sponsored by UNIDIR). Geneva, March 2000.
- International Carnegie Nonproliferation Conference. Washington, March 2000 (presentation “Future of the CTR Program”).
- Assessment of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. Monterey, December 1999
- Shaping Nonproliferation Agenda for the Coming Decade. Moscow, October 1999
- Nonproliferation Challenges: a Seminar for the Journalists of Central Asia and Caucuses. Almaty (Kazakhstan), July 1999
- Russia: International Security and Nonproliferation Policy (co-sponsored by the CISAC, Stanford University). Moscow, June 1999
- Russian Domestic Challenges and International Security (sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School). Monterey, CA, April 1999
- Image and Reality of Russia and Eastern Europe (presentation “Image and Reality of Russia”), University of Georgia, Athens, GA, February 1999
- Pugwash meeting nonproliferation and security in the Pacific (presentation “Russia’s nonproliferation policy towards East Asian nuclear challenges”), Hilo, HI, January 1999
Carnegie Annual Nonproliferation Conference, Washington, DC, January 1999
- NIS core group annual nonproliferation conference sponsored by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (presentation “Russia, Iran, U.S., and export controls”), Almaty, Kazakhstan, November 1998
- PRIF European Nonproliferation Meeting (presentation “Russia’s decision-making process on nuclear arms control”), Bremen, Germany, September 1998
- INMM Annual Meeting (presentation “CTR in Russia: what should be done next in the MPC&A area”), Naples, FL, July 1998
- The Jaffee Center conference on Security Problems in the Middle East (presentation “Russian-Iranian nuclear- and missile-related contacts”), Herzliya, Israel, June 1998
- The European Series conference, Madrid-Brussels-London, June 1998
- Environmental Policy and Security (presentation “Accounting, control, and physical protection of fissile material and nuclear weapons in Russia: potential threats to global security”), Berlin, Germany, March 1998.
Dr. Orlov is often invited to give lectures on nonproliferation and arms control as well as on the Russian domestic/security policy-making process. His most recent lectures have been at:
- Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations (MGIMO), December 1999
- The Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Moscow, September – December 1999
- The Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA, October 1999
- The George Marshall Center for International security Studies, G?rmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, July 1999
- The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University, April 1999
- The Institute for the Defense Analyses, Bonn, September 1998
- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, Vienna, Austria, July 1998