Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) is an independent, non-governmental think-tank, established on the initiative from 2008. The headquarter of the Center is based in Moscow. The main goal of CENESS is to promote independent, unbiased, systematic, and professional analyses related to nuclear nonproliferation and atomic energy with a special emphasis on international cooperation of Russia in these areas.
Another goal of the Center is to facilitate networking among experts, who are doing atomic energy and nuclear nonproliferation related studies in academia and independent think-tanks in Russia and abroad, through organizing international workshops, round tables, and conferences.
CENESS is the only nongovernmental think-tank dealing with nonproliferation issues, which is represented in the Advisory Board under the Security Council of the Russian Federation. One of the key CENESS projects is publishing an independent Russian journal devoted to atomic energy and nuclear nonproliferation - Nuclear Club journal (Yaderny Klub). The journal is published every quarter.
Another central CENESS project is the Moscow Nonproliferation Conference. The first MNC was hosted by CENESS in 2010. Since then the event, which is held, on average, once every 30 months. The previous Conference, which was held on November 20-22, 2014, brought toghether 208 experts from more than 40 countries, including representatives of Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, the USA, as well as senior representatives of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, UN Security Council Committee 1540, and the CTBTO Preparatory Commission.
The founding director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies is Mr. Anton Khlopkov. He is a member of the Advisory Board under the Security Council of the Russian Federation since 2011. From 2000 to 2009 he has worked for the PIRCenter (Center for Policy Studies in Russia), including as Deputy Director (2003-2007) and Executive Director (2007-2009). He was a Visiting Fellow at of the JamesMartinCenter for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies (2000). Mr. Khlopkov is editor-in-chief of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Encyclopedia (Moscow, ROSSPEN, 2009) and editor-in-chief of the Nuclear Club journal.
In the every day activity, CENESS relies on support from the Russia's nonproliferation and atomic energy guru, including Mr. Victor Slipchenko (former expert of 1540 UN SC Committee), Dr. Alexei Ubeev (fmr. IAEA senior official), Gen. Evgeny Maslin (former Head of the Russian Ministry of Defense 12th Main Directorate, which is responsible in Russia for safety and security of nuclear munitions), Acad. Nikolai Ponomarev-Stepnoy (former Vice-President of the Russian Research Nuclear Center “Kurchatov Institute”), Dr. Victor Murogov (fmr. Deputy Director-General of IAEA), Dr. Mikhail Lysenko (fmr. Director for International Cooperation of the 'Rosatom' State Corporation, Dr. Alexander Vorontsov (Institute for Oriental studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences), and many others.
The office of the Center is located in the diplomatic quarter, southwest of Moscow (Mosfilmovskaya Str., 42, bldg. 1).