Interview: Pavel Podvig

K=1 Project
May 10, 2016

Topic: Weapons, Safeguards, Disarmament

Pavel Podvig, at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, talks about the current state of nuclear weapons for defense. He mentions the fear of proliferation from uranium enrichment and evaluates the effectiveness of safeguards all the while presenting his opinion on the future of weapons and disarmament. 

Pavel Podvig is currently the programme lead of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Programme at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). He is centered in Geneva where he also runs his independent research project "Russian Nuclear Forces." Mr. Podvig began his work in the field of nuclear disarmament at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and in recognition of his work there Mr. Podvig was awarded the Leo Szilard Lectureship award in 2008 (along with Anatoli Diakov). Pavel has since worked on disarmament issues along with initiatives at Princeton University, Stanford University, and MIT. His current work focuses on the Russian nuclear weapons complex and both the technical and political aspect of nuclear disarmament and US-Russian arms control. Pavel is a member of the International Panel of Fissile Materials. He received his BA in physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and a PhD in political science from the Moscow Institute of World Economy and International Relations.