Dr. Yuri Nazarkin

On June 26, 2010, Ambassador Nazarkin was awarded an honorary degree by the Geneva School of Diplomacy “Doctor of International Relations, Honoris Causa”.
  • MA in International Relations in 1956 at the Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).
  • PhD in International Relations in 1978 at the Institute of the World Economics and International Relations (WEIR).
  • Research work in WEIR: 1976-86.
  • Research work in MGIMO: 1995-96.
  • Research work in Carnegie Endowment – Moscow Office: 1995-96.
After his graduation from the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations in 1956, he joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Moscow. In 1956-66 he worked in an analytical department of the Ministry, in 1967-92 was involved in negotiations on arms control and disarmament, the Conference on Disarmament, the UN General Assembly, the Vienna Atomic Agency etc. In particular, in 1987-89 he represented his country as Ambassador at the Conference on Disarmament and in 1989-91 was Chief Negotiator at the Soviet-American talks on nuclear and space weapons (START and ABM). Dec.1992-Apr.1995: worked with the Security Council of the Russian Federation as Deputy Secretary and Head of Directorate. Afterwards consulted some Russian banks and the Russian State Duma on foreign affairs, worked as Senior Researcher at the Moscow State Institute on Foreign Relations, member of the Faculty (Professor and Senior Researcher) at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), Senior Researcher in the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and Research Director in the Association “Comprehensive Dialogue among Civilizations (CDAC).


  • “Negotiating as a Rival: A Russian Perspective” in “AMERICAN NEGOTIATING BEHAVIOUR” ed. by Richard H. Solomon and Nigel Quinney, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington D.C., 2010.

  • “Democratic Control of Armed Forces: Experience of CIS Countries”, DCAF, Moscow, 2004;

  • “New Old Threats” in the book “International Security in the modern World”, SIPRI, Warsaw, 2003;

  • “Major Powers and Arms Control” in the book “A Future Arms Control Agenda”, ed. by Ian Anthony and Adam Daniel Rotfeld, SIPRI, Oxford University Press, 2001;

  • “Getting the Negotiations Started” in the book “A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World. Steps Along the Way”, ed. by Frank Barnaby and Tom Milne, Macmillan Press Ltd, 2000;

  • “Dispute Resolutions in Bilateral Arms Control: the SALT/START experience” and, in co-authorship with John A. Woodworth, Elements of Guidelines Relating to Negotiations on Arms Control and Disarmament” in the book “Peaceful Resolution of Major International Disputes”, ed. By Julie Dahlitz, UN New York and Geneva, 1999;

  • “The United Nations and Nuclear Problem Were Born Together” in the book “We the Peoples of the United Nations…”, Moscow, 1995;

  • Numerous articles on strategic weapons in “Arms Control To-day”, Sept. 1995, “Mezhdunarodnay Zhizn, Oct. 1995, “Vlast”, May, 1996, etc.).