Containing Russia's Nuclear Firebirds: Harmony and Change at the International Science and Technology Center by Glenn SchweitzerContaining Russia's Nuclear Firebirds: Harmony and Change at the International Science and Technology Center by Glenn Schweitzer

Containing Russia's Nuclear Firebirds: Harmony and Change at the International Science and…

byGlenn Schweitzer

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In Containing Russia's Nuclear Firebirds, Glenn E. Schweitzer explores the life and legacy of the International Science and Technology Center in Moscow. He makes the case that the center's unique programs can serve as models for promoting responsible science in many countries of the world.

Never before have scientists encountered technology with the potential for such huge impacts on the global community, both positive and negative. For nearly two decades following the Soviet Union's breakup into independent states, the ISTC has provided opportunities for underemployed Russian weapon scientists to redirect their talents toward civilian research. The center has championed the role of science in determining the future of civilization and has influenced nonproliferation policies of Russia and other states in the region. Most important, the center has demonstrated that modest investments can encourage scientists of many backgrounds to shun greed and violence and to take leading roles in steering the planet toward prosperity and peace.

Schweitzer contends that the United States and other western and Asian countries failed to recognize the importance, over time, of modifying their donor-recipient approach to dealing with Russia. In April 2010 the Russian government announced that it would withdraw from the ISTC agreement. After expenditures exceeding one billion dollars, the ISTC's Moscow Science Center will soon close its doors, leaving a legacy that has benefited Russian society as well as partners from thirty-eight countries. Schweitzer argues that a broader and more sustained movement is now needed to help prevent irresponsible behavior by dissatisfied or misguided scientists and their patrons.

Glenn E. Schweitzer is director of the Office for Central Europe and Eurasia of the U.S. National Academies. He served in Moscow as the first executive director of the International Science and Technology Center from 1992 to 1994. His many books include U.S.-Iran Engagement in Science, Engineering, and Health and A Faceless Enemy: The ...
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Title:Containing Russia's Nuclear Firebirds: Harmony and Change at the International Science and…Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 22 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Significant Events in the History of the ISTC xv

One
A Unique Experiment for Security and Prosperity 1

Two
Off to a Fast Start (1994-2000) 18

Three
An Era of Euphoria (2001-2006) 35

Four
Unraveling of the Moscow Science Center (2007-2011) 56

Five
The World Market for High- Tech Expertise 85

Six
The Long Road to a Silicon Valley in Russia 104

Seven
U.S.- Russia Bilateral Engagement Programs 126

Eight
The Nuclear File 153

Nine
The Biosecurity File 170

Ten
The Aerospace File 184

Eleven
Measuring Success 199

Twelve
Replicating ISTC Experiences While Avoiding Pitfalls 219

Thirteen
The Way Forward 235

Epilogue 249

Appendix A
Agreement Establishing an International Science and Technology Center 251

Appendix B
Protocol on the Provisional Application of the Agreement Establishing an International Science and Technology Center 260

Appendix C
President Dmitry Medvedev's Decree No. 534, August 11, 2010 262

Appendix D
Diplomatic Note on Russian Withdrawal from the ISTC Agreement and Protocol 263

Appendix E
ISTC Project Funding and Benefi ciary Scientists, 1994-2011 264

Notes 271
Index 285

Editorial Reviews

Containing Russia's Nuclear Firebirds is an excellent analysis of the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC). . . . This book offers lessons for 2013 and beyond for combating international weapons proliferation.

- D. Ostergren - Choice