Vladimir Federovich PRYAKHIN, DSc (political science), PhD (history), professor, chair of world policy and international relations, Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU).

V.F. Pryakhin graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Ministry for Foreign Relations of the USSR in 1967 and from the MGIMO distant learning post-gradual course in 1977. In 1968, he began to work at the Ministry for Foreign Relations of the USSR at various diplomatic posts at the central offices of the USSR and Russian Ministries for Foreign Relations and abroad. From 1995 to 1997, he was deputy director of the Fourth Department for the CIS countries; from 1997 to 2002 - senior advisor at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the OSCE in Vienna; from 2002 to 2003 he was deputy director of the Second Department for the CIS countries of the Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; from 2003 to 2007 - Ambassador, head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia; from 2007 to 2009 - Ambassador, head of the OSCE Office in Tadzhikistan; from 2009 to 2010 - professor of the Moscow City Pedagogical University; from 2010 to 2011 - chief advisor to the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia in Bishkek.

V.F. Pryakhin’s sphere of scientific interests includes theory of international relations and conflictology.

In 1976, he was the first person in the USSR to defend the theses on the issue of multipolarity world. At the same time, the Hungarian journal “Nemzetkoezi Szemle” published his first article on this topic titled “Goliath’s Dilemmas”. In the field of conflictology V.F. Pryakhin combines academic studies with practical work at the international organizations (UN and OSCE).

As a member of the Russian National Committee for the support of the Club of Rome and a member of the Council for Global Issues of the All-Russian Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences, V.F. Pryakhin became famous for his unordinary approach to today conflicts as a part of the general civilization crisis. His latest monograph on this topic called “How to survive? New ideology for the mankind” was published with a foreword of the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

He has received awards from the Governments of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Tadzhikistan.

Principal publications:

1. “How to survive? New ideology for the mankind” /a foreword of the OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut. Preface by DSc (technical sciences) А.P. Fedotov. М.:Ves Mir Publishing House, 2008.

2. Threats and Challenges in the 21st Century. Proceedings of the International Conference, October- November, 2006, Yerevan.

3. Regional conflicts in the post-USSR area (Аbkhazia, South Osetia, Mountain Karabakh, Тadzhikistan, Trans-Dniestria). М.: Gnom Publishing House, 2000, reprinted in 2002.

4. Presentation at the UN and OSCE Bishkek International Conference “Strengthening of security and stability in Central Asia: stepping up all-out efforts to counter terrorism” (December 13 – 14, 2001) “Scientific and technical progress and terrorism” (Attempt of a systematic approach).

5. Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Problems of Central Asia, Moscow Journal of International Law, Number 2/2000/38, April-June 2000, in Russian.

6. Mankind Road to the Stars, Allied Publisher Private Limited, Bangalore - Bombay - Calcutta - Hyderabad - Lucknor - Madras - New Delhi, 1988 (in English).