20 Years of Leading Analysis

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 November 26, 2014
    Will Mi-35M Helicopters Fly to Pakistan?

    Military cooperation between Russia and Pakistan will be very specific and driven by concrete, pragmatic, and limited goals. At the same time, India remains Russia’s priority partner.

  • Eurasia Outlook November 13, 2014
    Pakistan’s Minorities Under the Shadow of Fear

    Pakistani religious minorities live in fear. This fear can only abate through the Pakistani government’s consistent and tough policies directed at the softening of the blasphemy law and cracking down on any attempts of vigilante justice.

  • Eurasia Outlook November 3, 2014
    Is Russia Afraid of Chinese and Indian Missiles?

    China and India would definitely want to know if Russia is really so afraid of the missiles they are developing that is ready to abandon the INF Treaty.

  • Eurasia Outlook October 31, 2014
    Moscow’s Silence on the Kashmir Problem

    Russia certainly seeks to further its strategic partnership with India and to continue to develop its relations with Pakistan. However, its moves will face growing mistrust in New Delhi and Islamabad if Moscow remains silent on South Asia’s hot-button issues.

  • Article October 27, 2014 Русский
    Moving Beyond the India-Pakistan Nuclear Standoff

    South Asia is more vulnerable to a possible nuclear conflict than any other region. It is necessary to take a number of urgent steps to stabilize relations between India and Pakistan and prevent a nuclear threat.

  • Eurasia Outlook October 14, 2014
    The West Should Not Reject Russia’s Assistance in Afghanistan

    If common sense prevails and the West resumes its cooperation with Russia, the consolidated response to security threats in Afghanistan will be far more effective than the current disjointed efforts by various countries.

  • Op-Ed Russia & India Report October 10, 2014
    Russia Cannot Be a Mere Spectator to India-China Disputes

    Moscow’s military-technical cooperation with both New Delhi and Beijing means that Russia cannot stand apart from Indian-Chinese disagreements.

  • Eurasia Outlook October 2, 2014
    Will Delhi and Washington Be Able to Transform Defense Cooperation?

    Indian and U.S. leaders recently discussed military-technological cooperation. Time will tell whether the countries will be ready to transform their cooperation by translating words into actions.

  • Op-Ed Russia & India Report October 1, 2014
    Should Russia Worry About Modi’s U.S. Visit?

    Although the relationship between India and the United States should be viewed indifferently by Russia, Moscow needs to pay attention in order to learn from and not repeat mistakes made by New Delhi and Washington.

  • Eurasia Outlook September 26, 2014
    Pakistan’s Autumn Fever

    Pakistan has been in turmoil for more than 40 days: protests headed by Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri have taken the country by storm. Yet the protest movement seems to be running out of steam. The weakening of the protest movement has much to do with Prime Minister Sharif’s decision not to crack down on the protests.

  • 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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