Nato-Russia Council

Linguistic Experts meet in Moscow

 NATO-Russia Council Expert Group on TerminologyNATO-Russia Council Expert Group on Terminology, Centre left: Co-Chairwoman Radoslava Stefanova, Centre right: Co-Chairman Colonel Stepanov

The NRC’s Expert Group on Terminology met in Moscow from Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 April and continued its work on the NRC Glossary on Ammunition Demilitarization.

The linguists were assisted in their painstaking work checking and defining the 1200 individual terms by experts in Ammunition Demilitarization from the Russian Ministry of Defence, the Defense Threat Reduction Office of the US Embassy in Moscow, and the NATO Military Liaison Mission in Moscow.

The NRC Ammunition Demilitarization Glossary will be the latest in a series of topical bilingual glossaries prepared by the NRC Expert Group on Terminology. Previous glossaries have focused on a variety of topics of relevance to the NRC, including helicopter maintenance, counter piracy and missile defence. The glossaries are a key aspect of NRC work, providing a common linguistic basis that can be used to facilitate dialogue and cooperation in the NRC.

After the completion of the NRC Ammunition Demilitarization Glossary, the linguists will start work on the next NRC glossary which will focus on counter narcotics. This is an important area of cooperation for the NRC through the longstanding NRC Counter Narcotics Training Project, which trains counter narcotics officers from Afghanistan, Central Asia and Pakistan.   The meeting also provided the NRC linguists with a chance to look ahead to their work throughout the rest of 2013. In June, the Bureau for International Linguistic Cooperation will conduct a language testing workshop for the Russian Ministry of Defence Linguistic Centre.  In addition, the Group bid farewell to one of the longstanding NRC linguists, Nicholas Brown, who has been working on the glossaries for 10 years and will shortly retire.

Speaking about the work of the NRC Expert Group on Terminology, Mr Brown said: 

"Linguistics has been a continuous area of NRC cooperation since last century. These glossaries are important because they provide a common NRC vocabulary which facilitates the work of translators, interpreters and experts in the many areas in which NRC nations cooperate."

For further insight into the work of the NRC Expert Group on Terminology, click here for an interview with NRC Expert Group on Terminology Co-Chair, Colonel Sergey Stepanov, Head of English Language Department at the Military University of the Russian Defence Ministry.