ODESSA CENTER FOR NONPROLIFERATION

OdCNP was established with the support of Swedish Radiation Safety Authority in 2015.

Background

Nonproliferation Studies at the Department of International Relations of the Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University was launched in 1997. In June-July 1997, Associate Professor of the Department of International Relations, PhD in Historical Sciences Viktor Glebov participated in an intensive Nonproliferation Seminar in Washington, DC, USA. The Seminar acquainted participants with the United States approaches to the formulation and implementation of arms control and nonproliferation policy. It also provided the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills for teaching the university-level courses on issues related to nonproliferation.

About us

In 1999, Mr. Glebov held internship at James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey, USA.

In 2004, PhD student of the Department of International Relations Polina Sinovets defended thesis on “Nuclear Deterrence in the Policies of the USA and Russia in the Post-Bipolar Period”. In 2006, PhD in Political Sciences P. Sinovets received a grant to study internship at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation, Monterey, USA.

About us

Since 2006 special course “Military and Political Aspects of International Security and Nonproliferation” are taught for the students of the Department of International Relations, ONU. Academic discipline that was developed by Associate Professor P. Sinovets dedicated to the comprehensive analysis of the role of the military and political factors, especially weapons of mass destruction, in the development of the global security environment.

Under her supervision in 2007 a monthly students’ scientific seminar on global security and nonproliferation started its work. With the assistance of the Institute of Social Sciences of Odessa National University the all-Ukrainian students’ conference on “Nuclear Factor in the Context of Current Global Security Challenges” was held in 2008.

About us

In 2014, Oleksandr Cheban, a graduate student of the Department of International Relations, defended his thesis on the nuclear choice of Iran, analyzing theoretical and international political aspects of this choice.

The problems of nuclear deterrence, security and nonproliferation are represented in numerous publications in the leading scientific domestic and foreign journals and online resources such as the Journal of Export Control, Security Index, Strategic Panorama, Strategic Priorities, NATO Research Paper, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, PONARS Eurasia Policy Perspectives etc. There are monographs by Polina Sinovets “Double Faced Yanus or Nuclear Deterrence Theory in the XXI century” published in Russian in 2008 and “Deterrence and the Nuclear Superpowers after the Cold War” published in English in 2010.

Vision and Mission

The Center is established as the result of the systematic educational and training cooperation between Odessa Mechnikov National University (ONU) and Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM). In 2006 SSM start financing first fellowships in Nonproliferation of the Odessa teachers and Ph.D. students in the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey, USA.

In 2009 the first International Summer School for students, young teachers and experts was conducted.

Since SSM and the Odessa National University implemented six Summer Schools on non-proliferation issues with the participation of students from Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Georgia and Moldova, which provided high quality up-to-date training in a wide range of specially selected methods for professional training the new generation of nonproliferation experts.

The mission of OdCNP is to provide a platform for education, training, research and outreach of the new generation experts on nuclear security, nuclear and WMD nonproliferation experts in Ukraine.

Odessa Center for Nonproliferation is going to become an academic and teaching basis for students and experts from Central Eastern Europe and Black Sea region as well.

The objective of OdCNP is to catalyze the development of nonproliferation expertise in Ukraine, as well as Central and Eastern Europe and Black Sea region by means of national and international dialogue, education, training and research.

The main focuses of the Center’s activities are:

  • Education and training of students and young specialists;
  • Academic research, including projects;
  • Outreach and awareness in the field of nonproliferation, aimed at such audience as journalists, high school students, and general public;
  • A platform for dialogue and joint projects with experts from universities and research centers from Ukraine, Europe and the United States, as well as from nuclear and missile industries and governmental bodies.

Advisory Board of Odessa Center for Nonproliferation

The Director is supported with the programmatic guidance from the Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board shall include but is not limited to the Igor Koval, Professor, Rector of the Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University (Chair of the Board);

Sergiy Galaka, Professor at International Relations Institute of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University;

Grigory Perepelitsa, Professor, Director of the Institute of Foreign Policy of Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

Lars van Dassen, Head of International Co-operation and Development of Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM);

Sarmite Andersson, Project Manager at Secretariat for International Cooperation and Development of Swedish Radiation Safety Authority;

Elena Sokova, the ex-Executive Director of Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and the Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey;

Nikolai Sokov, Senior Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and one or more representatives from academic, international organizations, or other organizations in Ukraine, Central and Eastern Europe and Black Sea states.