Prof. Alexander I. Nikitin

Prof. Alexander I. Nikitin
Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security of MGIMO, Moscow, Russia

Director of the MGIMO Center for Euro-Atlantic Security, Professor of the Political Sciences Department in Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), Principal Researcher, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Center for Political and International Studies, President Emeritus of the Russian Political Science Association (RPSA)

Prof. Nikitin has experience of research and scientific work for 33 years. Born in 1958, graduated from the Moscow State University, Ph.D. (History) from the USA and Canada Studies Institute. Second dissertation in 2000.

Research work for 10 years (1979-1989) in the USA and Canada Studies Institute, then in MGIMO. Worked in the Russian Permanent Mission to the United Nations (New York, USA).

For 14 years since 2004 – Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Center specializes in research in the spheres of international security and international relations.

Worked as researcher in New York, London, Rome, Paris, Moscow.

Elected member of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences.

Elected President of the Russian Political Science Association (2004-2008, 1100 members), since 2008 – elected President Emeritus of the Association.

Vice-Chairman of the Russian Pugwash Committee of Scientists for International Security and Disarmament, elected member of the International Pugwash Council for 20 years.

Since 2004 – member of the Scientific-Expert Council of the Organization for Collective Security Treaty.

Since 2013 – member of the Scientific Board of the Security Council of Russia.

Since 2005 till 2012 – official external expert of the United Nations, nominated by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

Prof. Nikitin directed several institutions, as well as chaired several international expert groups. Prof. Nikitin initiated and authored Model Law on “Parliamentary Control over State Military Organization”, adopted by the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly in 2001, Model law “On Participation of a State in Peace Support Operations”, adopted in 2004, and Model law “On Counter-Acting Mercenarism”, adopted in 2005. He is key elaborator of the Draft United Nations Convention on Regulating Private Military and Security Companies that he officially introduced to the UN General assembly.

Prof. Nikitin organized more than 50 international scientific and academic projects, conferences and workshops, in Russia as well as abroad.

Prof. Nikitin is the author of seven monographs, chief editor and principal author of 11 collective monographs and author of more than 130 articles and chapters in academic periodicals, journals and books published in Russian, English, French, Korean, Punjab, Spanish, German languages. Prof. Nikitin is an Editor-in-Chief of the collective monographs published in English in Oxford, New York, London, Amsterdam: “Nuclear Doctrines and Strategies” (2009), “Lessons to Be Learned from Non-Proliferation Failures and Successes” (2010), “Tuning Priorities in Nuclear Arms Control and Non-Proliferation” (2009), “International Conflicts: Intervention, Peacekeeping, Settlement” (2018).

Prof. Alexander Nikitin specializes in the following areas:

“International Security”, “Conflicts in Eurasia”, “Joint Crises response”, “Peace Operations of International Organizations”, “Private Sector in the Field of Security”, “Nuclear Policies”, “Nuclear Non-Proliferation” and others.

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