Co-Chairs of the Club are appointed by the President of the Club from the leading experts in the field of international security and foreign policy, for a period of 2 years. Since 2020 the Co-Chairs of the Club have been Lieutenant-General (Retired), Ph.D. Military Sciences Evgeny Buzhinskiy and Ph.D. in History Elena Chernenko.
Elena graduated from Moscow State University in 2005 and later went on to get her Ph.D. in History. In journalism since 2003. Elena’s professional interests include cyber security and diplomacy, arms control and disarmament, and Russian foreign policy in general. She speaks Russian, English and German. Member of the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group since 2013. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012. Member of PIR Center Executive Board. Member of the Board of the Council on Foreign and Defense Relations (SVOP).
Lieutenant-General (Retired), Ph.D. Military Sciences. In the Armed Services since 1968. 1976-1992 – served in different positions in the General Staff of the USSR and Russian Federation. From 1992 to 2002 – served in positions of: Senior Officer, Deputy Head of Direction, Head of Direction, Deputy Head of Department, Head of the International Treaties Department of the Russian Ministry of Defense. Promoted to the rank of Major-General in 2000, to the rank of Lt.-General – in 2003. In 2002 he was appointed on the position of Head of the International Treaties Department – Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of International Military Cooperation of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. Retired from active duty in 2009. In 2009-2017 - PIR Center Consultant, then Senior vice-president. PIR Center's Chairman of the Executive Board since 2014. From 2016 – Associate professor and Head of Center for Applied Political-Military Research of School of World Politics, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Deputy CEO of Vega Radio Engineering Corporation from 2009 to 2018. Vice-President of Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Expertise: arms control, political and military aspects of international security, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, military use of the outer space, Russia-NATO, Russia-U.S., Russia-China relations.
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