He graduated from Moscow State University in 1981 and subsequently worked at the Institute of US and Canadian Studies and the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow. From 1987-92 he worked at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union and later Russia, and participated in START I and START II negotiations as well as in a number of summit and ministerial meetings.
Russian and US Missile systems, Nuclear Command, Control, Communications & Intelligence (C3I), Nuclear Arms Control, Strategic Arms Control, Kosovo Crisis, Emerging Reorientation of Russia's Foreign Policy, Russia's Perception of NATO, Newly Independent States, Arms Control Agreements:Devolution, Major Treaties and International Regimes: Chances for Demise, NATO, Verification/Compliance
Nikolai has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1996) and (the Soviet equivalent of a Ph.D.) Candidate of Historical Sciences degree from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (1986).
He has published extensively on international security and arms control. Nikolai is the author of Russian Strategic Modernization: Past and Future (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), co-author and co-editor of the first Russian-language college-level textbook on nuclear nonproliferation (Yadernoe Nerasprostranenie, Vol.I-II, PIR Center, 1st edition 2000, 2nd edition 2002), and several monographs.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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IPOL 8536 - Comparative NatlSecurityPolicy
The course will review several key theories of policy making that tackle different levels of analysis and different analytical frameworks. It will examine the impact of a range of factors – including the international system, historical context, political system, domestic politics, bureaucratic politics and individual personalities – in determining national security policies of different countries. Differences between authoritarian and democratic states, large and small states, and presidential and parliamentary democracies, will also be discussed. The material from the discussion of theories will then be applied to more detailed study of practical policy making in four leading international actors: the United States, Russia, China, and the European Union as well as their interaction on a range of international security issues.
Spring 2011 - MIIS
NPTG 8648 - SecurityArmsCntrlRssia/Eurasia ▹
This course will explore the complex, intertwined web of security issues in Eurasia with an emphasis on WMD nonproliferation and arms races as well as arms control. The course will review key explanatory frameworks as they relate to security and arms control in Russia and Eurasia. Primary attention will be paid to the role of Russia in the region – its interests, policies, and relations to other countries as well as the positive and negative impacts it has (or can have) on finding solutions to various outstanding issues. The course will also review the historical roots of current challenges to help students better understand the context, the limitations, and the opportunities as the international community strives to come to grips with various issues.
Spring 2015 - MIIS