Mikhail Kupriyanov is a PhD student at the University of York. He is researching Russian strategic culture and strategic weapons, aiming to find the links between the two and how they are related to the formation of identity. His broader focus is on issues of non-proliferation, disarmament and irreversibility. He holds an MA from the University of Durham and a BA from the University of York. He has taught undergraduate introductory modules in the Politics Department of the University of York as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He also participated in Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference’s Young Professionals’ Track and SIPRI Summer Armament and Disarmament School. His publications include workshop reports and policy papers.