Petr Topychkanov

Nonproliferation Program
Moscow Center
Topychkanov is an associate in the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program.


PhD, MA, Moscow State University
BA, Institute of Practical Oriental Studies 


English; Hindi; Russian; Urdu

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Petr Topychkanov is an associate in the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program. 

Previously, he served in the Russian Armed Forces (2003–2004) and worked in the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate (2002–2003). He has been a member of the editorial board of the Nuclear Club Journal (Moscow) since 2009. He has taught courses on the modern history of South Asian countries at Moscow State University’s Institute of Asian and African Studies (2006–2009), the Institute of Practical Oriental Studies (2005–2011), and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University of Humanities (2006–2011).

Topychkanov earned his doctorate in history from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Moscow State University in 2009. In 2007, he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship as a PhD student.

  • Eurasia Outlook April 18, 2014
    Will the Indian Ballot Solve the Country’s Economic Problems?

    The Indian parliamentary election is in full swing. The name of the future prime minister and the party he will represent are not all that important. It is far more important to the voters that the new government be efficient and professional.

  • Eurasia Outlook April 8, 2014
    India The Abstainer

    The challenges New Delhi faces inside the country and along its borders do not allow it to fully support the Russian annexation of Crimea, since this would create a precedent that can be used against India’s own territorial integrity. However, India could not denounce Russia either, because it acted similarly four decades ago.

  • Eurasia Outlook March 24, 2014
    MH370 Challenge for Asia-Pacific Security

    Two weeks search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane was an example of both impressive regional cooperation and discouraging limits of such cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Eurasia Outlook February 28, 2014
    Ukrainian Crisis: Voices from India

    The voices from India in world discussions about Ukraine are of particular importance due to long tradition of non-alignment policy of this country and its good relations with both USSR/Russia and the West.

  • Eurasia Outlook February 21, 2014
    War With Multiple Enemies in Afghanistan

    Today, many countries have to fight against terrorist organizations, which have roots in the Soviet war in Afghanistan. However, this lesson is still unlearned: in Syria, fighters under Islamic flags have gained support of several countries, but this support will recoil upon the supporters’ own heads.

  • Eurasia Outlook February 14, 2014
    Indian Flag in Sochi

    The International Olympic Committee has lifted the suspension of the Indian Olympic team. The presence of the Indian athletes in the Olympics is important because Sochi is the place where even rivaling states, such as India and Pakistan, have to fairly and peacefully participate in the tournaments.

  • Eurasia Outlook January 31, 2014
    Slump in South Asia?

    The slump of interest in South Asia in the West is a positive development, because it makes clearer which countries are the real partners of Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan. Also, if left to themselves these three countries will get a chance to build their relations without external pressure.

  • Eurasia Outlook January 24, 2014
    Doing Business in Pakistan

    Pakistan is not an important Russian trading partner in South Asia. However, with Eurasian integration involving Central Asia and traditional Russian-Indian economic ties revived, there is no sense for Pakistan to remain in a limbo.

  • Eurasia Outlook January 8, 2014
    Asia in 2013: From Punggye-ri to Delhi

    There have been many events in Asia in 2013. But some of them stand to impact the most the global policy and security in 2014.

  • Eurasia Outlook November 22, 2013
    India’s Position on Syria

    India would be able to make an important contribution to the resolution of the Syrian crisis.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center July 5, 2011 Русский
    20 Years Without the Berlin Wall: A Breakthrough to Freedom

    Enormous societal and political shifts 20 years ago opened prospects for a new, united Europe. Despite Russia’s role in this peaceful departure from totalitarianism, the country’s course in the subsequent two decades was not so straightforward. While the demolition of the Berlin Wall is no guarantee of success, democratic transformations are a necessary precondition.

  • ABC’s RN Drive September 16, 2013
    Draft Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons Underway

    If the joint efforts of the United States and Russia in Syria are to succeed, they must attain a ceasefire between Bashar al-Assad’s armed forces and the opposition, and discover and destroy all chemical weapons in Syria.

  • RFI's World News Explained September 5, 2013
    Putin Says He Wants Concrete Proof Before Deciding on Syria

    Although Putin’s statements have been seen as flexible rhetoric, Russia’s policy toward Syria has not changed.

  • Musharraf
    Voice of Russia's Morning Show April 22, 2013
    Former Pakistan President Could Face Treason Charges

    The arrest of Pervez Musharraf is a momentous event for Pakistan, since his conviction would deprive the country’s military establishment of impunity it has long enjoyed.

  • Voice of Russia March 8, 2013
    Kerry's Tour as US Secretary of State: Prospects of US Foreign Policy

    The United States will probably continue to limit its presence in global affairs because Barack Obama is committed to a more moderate U.S. role in foreign affairs.

  • Voice of Russia June 28, 2012
    Nuclear Five in Washington Discuss Nonproliferation

    Nuclear nonproliferation will only be successful if the Nuclear Five, especially the United States and Russia, set an example for the rest of the world by fulfilling their pledges to pursue disarmament.

  • Voice of Russia February 28, 2012
    9 People Killed in a Suicide Attack in Eastern Afghanistan

    Reports that NATO troops burned copies of the Koran in Afghanistan help boost the Taliban’s recruitment efforts and can be used to support the Taliban’s attempts to portray conflict in Afghanistan as religious rather than political.

  • Voice of Russia's Inside View February 20, 2012
    Western and Arab Officials Call on Moscow to Take a Clear Stance to Put an End to Bloodshed in Syria

    Russia lacks the resources for dealing with the situation in Syria and, despite its current support of the Bashar al-Assad government, will likely lose influence in the country regardless of the future political situation.

  • Voice of Russia's Inside View January 24, 2012
    The European Union Slapped an Embargo on Iranian Oil Supplies

    The European Union’s embargo on Iranian oil supplies is unlikely to be effective in forcing Iran to restart negotiations on its on-going nuclear program.

  • Voice of Russia's Inside View January 13, 2012
    Iran’s Nuclear Program

    While Iran has the right to develop nuclear energy, the international community has reason to worry that Iran’s nuclear program is developing technologies that would enable Tehran to build nuclear weapons.

  • Pyotr Topychkanov
    Voice of Russia January 12, 2012
    Fourth Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed in Car Blast

    Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, department supervisor at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was killed in a car bomb explosion in Tehran that Iranian officials have already accused both the United States and Israel in playing a part in.


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