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.

  • Op-Ed Russian International Affairs Council July 17, 2015 Русский
    “Hybrid War”—a Scholarly Term or a Propaganda Cliché?

    A theory of “hybrid war” based on the events in Crimea and eastern Ukraine ignores both the chronology and cause-and-effect links between events on the ground.

  • Op-Ed Russia & India Report July 15, 2015
    Indo-Russian Naval Cooperation: Sailing High Seas

    Military-technical collaboration between India and Russia has been most productive in building India’s strategic naval capabilities. While India has a variety of defense partners, only Russia has provided it with a strategic dimension.

  • Op-Ed Russia & India Report July 9, 2015
    Four Myths About SCO Expansion

    Among all the possible candidates for membership in the SCO, India and Pakistan seem the most ready for it. If they join the SCO in the near future, this will benefit not only these states, but also the organization itself.

  • Op-Ed Russia Direct July 8, 2015
    The BRICS and the West: Partners or Rivals?

    The BRICS and the West are neither rivals nor partners. The BRICS isn’t challenging the West, but the West’s own growing weaknesses are empowering the BRICS.

  • Op-Ed Russia & India Report July 8, 2015
    Delays Have Squandered Options For Joint Indo-Russian Aircraft

    Inordinate delays in executing joint aircraft production projects have meant that India and Russia have squandered their chances to become world leaders in this field.

  • Commentary July 8, 2015 Русский
    Why Do Brazil, Russia, India, and China Need BRICS?

    The heads of the BRICS states who gathered in Ufa for another summit have rather different ideas about why their countries are participating in this organization. The Carnegie Moscow Center asked a number of experts to comment on the motivation of BRICS’ key players: Brazil, India, Russia, and China

  • Op-Ed Russia & India Report July 3, 2015
    The BrahMos Is Just Beginning

    The joint India-Russia missile project BrahMos has been the single most successful joint military-technical collaboration between the two countries, and it appears the prospects for its usage are just beginning. Both countries need to increase this kind of strategic collaboration.

  • Op-Ed European Leadership Network June 10, 2015
    Russia, the 2015 NPT RevCon, and the INF Treaty

    Russia is unlikely to withdraw from the INF Treaty any time soon, because Moscow believes that the negative effects of a withdrawal would be greater than any potential benefits.

  • Op-Ed Russia & India Report May 28, 2015 Русский
    Secret Meeting Brings Taliban to China

    The success of the Urumqi meeting between the representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban, also attended by Chinese and Pakistanis, is doubtful. The role of Pakistan in the organization of the meeting is the most controversial issue.

  • Commentary February 20, 2015 Русский
    Russo-Turkish and Russo-Indian Nuclear Cooperation: A Template for the Future?

    Though largely overlooked by international media, Russia has signed several significant nuclear energy agreements over the last several months. These agreements give Russia an opportunity to develop nuclear cooperation with India, Turkey, and Iran, as well as Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Egypt, where Russia plans to build nuclear plants too.

  • 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.


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