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Simon Saradzhyan

Simon Saradzhyan

Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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2013 (continued)

July 29, 2013

"How U.S., Russia Can Agree on Missile Defense"

Op-Ed, Christian Science Monitor

By Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"Relations between the United States and Russia today remind one of the report from the well digger, 'We hit bottom and have started to dig.' Whether it’s over issues like leaker Eric Snowden or Syria and Iran, the US and Russia seem to end up on opposite sides of most major problems," write Kevin Ryan and Simon Saradzhyan. But that trend could soon reverse – at least regarding one contentious subject – missile defense.

 

 

July 26, 2013

"Lee Kuan Yew's Lessons for Armenia"

Op-Ed, 21st CENTURY Journal

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Monica Harutyunyan

Simon Saradzhyan and Monica Harutyunyan discuss the applicability of Lee Kuan Yew's strategies for transforming Singapore to the case of Armenia, a state sharing many characteristics with pre-transformation Singapore.

 

 

June 5, 2013

The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter: April-May 2013

Newsletter

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter is a forum for discussing nuclear terrorism and actions to contribute to improved joint US-Russian assessment of the threat of nuclear terrorism. Available in both English and Russian.

 

 

May 2, 2013

"Are Chechen Immigrants a 'Threat'?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

“There are still many questions left unanswered as America seeks to understand how the Tsarnaev brothers could have inflicted harm on the innocent people of the country that has granted them shelter, food and education.But there is one question that should not be asked at all, and that is whether the horrendous attacks in Boston should prompt the United States and other countries to consider immigrants a security threat just because they belong to a certain ethnic group.”

 

 

April 30, 2013

"Boston Bombing Puts Spotlight on Security Services' Failure to Cooperate"

Op-Ed, RIA Novosti

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"Was the bombing of the Boston marathon the result of an intelligence failure? There seems to be no clear answer to that question yet. But it does seem to me that had there been a greater degree of trust between the US and Russian secret services, they would have been more willing to share information and act on each other’s warnings, preventing Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from allegedly bombing the Boston marathon's finish line on April 15."

 

 

April 20, 2013

"Russia, US may face a shared threat"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

As evidence emerges, more is becoming known about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon attacks, writes Simon Saradzhyan. "They were reportedly devout Muslims who were born into a family of ethnic Chechens, lived in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, and studied in Russia’s North Caucasus, before coming to the United States as children. Over time, the older brother, Tamerlan, became a more radical figure. Whatever his motivation, he was following a similar path to that of some insurgents in the North Caucasus, who once focused on achieving secular independence for their homeland, but went on to become intertwined in international jihadist networks that share a belief that their number one enemy is America."

 

 

April 8, 2013

The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter: January-March 2013

Newsletter

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter is a forum for discussing nuclear terrorism and actions to contribute to improved joint US-Russian assessment of the threat of nuclear terrorism. Available in both English and Russian.

 

 

April 2, 2013

"Why Nuclear Powers Should Start Walking Toward Global Zero"

Op-Ed, RIA Novosti

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"On April 5, 2009 President Barack Obama gave a speech that was supposed to set the agenda for his presidency in international security. “I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” he proclaimed in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Prague. Four years later, however, this drive to achieve “Global Zero” seems to have waned to a point when even another round of modest reductions in US and Russian arsenals appears difficult to achieve."

 

 

March 5, 2013

"Russia Needs to Develop Eastern Provinces as China Rises"

Op-Ed, RIA Novosti

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"For better or worse, China is still several decades of development away from claiming the mantle of the world’s most powerful nation, according to Asia’s wisest living statesman, Lee Kwan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore.

The Kremlin should use this 'grace period' to allocate resources and introduce incentives to spur economic and demographic growth east of the Urals so that this region doesn’t become what Russian political scientists describe as 'a raw materials appendage' to China," advises Simon Saradzhyan of Harvard's Belfer Center.

 

 

February 20, 2013

"A Chinese Silver Bullet for North Korea’s Nuclear Program?"

Op-Ed, RIA Novosti

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"North Korea’s nuclear test last week indicates that the regime's race to acquire long-range nuclear missiles may have entered its final stretch. If this is the case, then those countries that have been fighting, in vain, to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions might soon find themselves with only one possible secret weapon of their own: China," Simon Saradzhyan of the Belfer Center.

 

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