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


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 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.

  • Eurasia Outlook 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.

  • Eurasia Outlook February 2, 2015
    Indian Cyber Front

    Over the past few years, India has been paying increasing attention to the threats of crime, terrorism, and espionage in cyberspace.

  • Eurasia Outlook January 16, 2015 Русский
    Why Does Russia’s Strategy in Asia Fail?

    The current political crisis in Russia’s relations with the West gives a strong impetus to Russian rapprochement with Asian countries. However, many analysts are of the opinion that no significant progress in this area has been achieved as of yet.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 31, 2014
    Looking Back on 2014 (Part II)

    2014 was a year of crisis. Ebola, ISIS, and Donbas are now part of the global lexicon. Eurasia Outlook experts weigh in on how crises on Russia’s periphery affected the country, and what these developments mean for Moscow in 2015.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 19, 2014
    What Does Russia Really Want in Iran?

    Russian participation in the nuclear talks has demonstrated that despite the depth of the Ukrainian crisis and all the existing conflicts between Russia and the West, there are no reasons to consider Russia a purely destructive force that is bent on harming the West.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 16, 2014
    Russia’s Pivot to Asia: Is It Good for Russia and Is It Successful?

    Many are talking about Russia’s pivot eastward, but is it working? Eurasia Outlook posed the question to some leading experts in the field in order to gather some thoughts about the policy’s effectiveness.

  • Op-Ed Russia Direct December 15, 2014
    Here’s How to Raise Russia-India Relations to a New Level

    Despite the large number of bilateral agreements signed as a result of Putin’s visit to Delhi, there are many obstacles to an improved relationship with India that require pragmatic approaches from both sides.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 9, 2014
    What Do You Expect from Vladimir Putin’s Visit to India?

    What do you expect from Vladimir Putin’s visit to India? Eurasia Outlook posed the question to some leading experts in the field in order to gather some predictions about the meeting’s significance to Russia-India relations moving forward.

  • 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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