Petr Topychkanov

Nonproliferation Program
Moscow Center
tel +7 495 935 8904 fax +7 495 935 8906
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 Russia Direct March 21, 2016
    Nonproliferation Requires More Cooperation Between Russia and the West

    The current standoff between Moscow and Washington, should it persist longer, could have disastrous implications for nuclear nonproliferation.

  • Op-Ed Russian International Affairs Council December 28, 2015 Русский
    Premonition of Nuclear Threat

    A recently published report examines factors that contribute to an atmosphere in which the use of nuclear weapons in the Euro-Atlantic region becomes more probable than immediately after the end of the Cold War.

  • Op-Ed India Today December 16, 2015
    Prime Partner

    Despite looking at others for high-tech defense deals, India lacks a steady partner that can replace Russia. Moscow, too, badly needs such cooperation.

  • Op-Ed Russian International Affairs Council December 10, 2015 Русский
    Prospects for Foreign Military Presence in Afghanistan

    There are several reasons for extending the military presence of the United States and its allies in Afghanistan.

  • 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

  • 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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