Pavel Podvig

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Pavel Podvig, PhD

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Pavel Podvig is an independent analyst based in Geneva, where he runs his research project, "Russian Nuclear Forces." He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research and a researcher with the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University. Pavel Podvig started his work on arms control at the Center for Arms Control Studies at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), which was the first independent research organization in Russia dedicated to analysis of technical issues of disarmament and nonproliferation. Pavel Podvig led the Center for Arms Control Studies project that produced the book, Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces (MIT Press, 2001). In recognition of his work in Russia, the American Physical Society awarded Podvig the Leo Szilard Lectureship Award of 2008 (with Anatoli Diakov). Podvig worked with the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University, the Security Studies Program at MIT, and the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. His current research focuses on the Russian strategic forces and nuclear weapons complex, as well as technical and political aspects of nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, missile defense, and U.S.-Russian arms control process. Pavel Podvig is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials. He has a  physics degree from MIPT and PhD in political science from the Moscow Institute of World Economy and International Relations.

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In The News


Barack Obama's missile defense challenge

President-elect Barack Obama's first major foreign policy test will be how to handle the issue of missile defense in Europe, CISAC's Pavel Podvig argues.
Encina Hall and its front lawn

A silver lining to the U.S.-India nuclear deal

Although much maligned among arms control advocates, the U.S.-India nuclear might actually provide an opportunity to strengthen the NPT. CISAC's Associate Director for Research (acting) Pavel Podvig explains how in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Pavel Podvig: U.S.-Russian relations following Georgia conflict

If there's a consensus about the confrontation between Russia and Georgia, writes CISAC's Pavel Podvig, it's that the conflict has seriously strained the relationship between Moscow and its Western counterparts--namely, the United States and NATO. Now that the worst of the conflict seems over, it appears that the harshest measures suggested in the first days of the conflict, i.e., expelling Russia from the G-8, won't materialize. Despite all of the disagreements and mistrust, each party seems to understand that severing ties between Russia and the West isn't realistic.