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Simon Saradzhyan

Simon Saradzhyan

Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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Email: simon_saradzhyan@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

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2014 (continued)

March 24, 2014

Doku Umarov Is Finally Dead

Op-Ed, Moscow Times

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

Russia's most wanted terrorist Doku Umarov is dead after all. His death must have been a tangible setback for the insurgency in the North Caucasus. After all, Umarov was the founding emir of the Emirate Caucasus, which serves as the umbrella organization for many Islamist militant and terrorist groups operating in the North Caucasus and seeks to build a caliphate in this volatile region. He was also the last living prominent warlord who had occupied commanding positions in both of the Chechen Wars.

 

 

March 21, 2014

Putin's Long Game

Op-Ed, The National Interest

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

Anyone with good knowledge of the post-Soviet neighborhood and time to think things through should have guessed that Russia would have acted to prevent the interim government of Ukraine from decisively anchoring their country to the West. The separation of Crimea could be just the Kremlin’s first move in what Vladimir Putin rightly sees as a long game.

 

 

March 13, 2014

The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter: December 2013 - February 2014

Newsletter

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

Siegfried Hecker Honored For Commitment to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism; William Tobey Briefed Nuclear Security Summit Sherpas; Vladimir Dvorkin Participates in Luxemburg Forum Meeting;Graham Allison Briefs Senior Executives on Nuclear Terrorism and more.

 

 

March 12, 2014

Stand-off in Crimea: Cui Bono?

Op-Ed, Power & Policy Blog

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

It seems there has been no Russia watcher left in the world who has not opined on Vladimir Putin’s swift and not so covert moves in the Crimea, pondering: “who’s to blame and what to do?”  In times like these it is also as customary for analysts of international affairs to wonder “to whose benefit?” Yet this question remains open even though some of the Western diplomats are already calling the current standoff the biggest crisis in Europe of the 21st century.

 

 

February 25, 2014

"Does Russia Really Need Ukraine?"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

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

As the triumphant soldiers of Ukraine’s protest movement savor their victory on the streets and squares of Kiev, their commanders probably can’t help wondering how the Kremlin will respond to the ouster of Ukraine’s ‘pro-Russian’ president Viktor Yanukovych. Vladimir Putin has condemned the forceful seizure of power in Ukraine and suspended promised purchase of Ukrainian bonds. But the question remains: will Russia’s strongman get actively involved in the chaos of Ukrainian politics as he did back during the previous Ukrainian evolution when he rallied for Yanukovych?

 

 

February 22, 2014

Threat of a Failed Ukraine

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

Armored personnel carriers engulfed in flames on city streets, where combatants maneuver, in between charred skeletons of burned vehicles, exchanging shots as the wounded are rushed away from the frontline behind a screen of thick black smoke produced by burning tires. This may sound like a scene from your kid’s new urban warfare computer game, writes Simon Saradzhyan, "but these were real episodes of street violence that gripped the Ukrainian capital of Kiev this week. Almost 80 people have been killed, and 570 people have been injured, in the kind of violence that this beautiful city has not seen since World War II."

 

 

January 1, 2014

The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter: October-November 2013

Newsletter

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

Belfer Center Leadership Briefs U.S. and Russian Generals on Nuclear Terrorism; Putin, Obama and Xi Expected to Attend Nuclear Security Summit; Report Highlights Problems inside USAF’s Nuclear Missile Force; U.S., Russia and UK Specialists Hold Nuclear Security Workshop

 

2013

November 30, 2013

"View From the Global Tank: Yanukovych's EU Snub Reflects His Desire to Survive Beyond 2015"

Op-Ed, RIA Novosti

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

Is there anybody left in the Eurasia-watching community in the West that has not condemned Ukraine for suspending preparations for agreements that would have taken closer into the EU’s fold?

Until recently this community had expected Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to enter history as "the man who has brought Ukraine into Europe" by signing the Association Agreement (AA) and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA)  at the two-day Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius this week. But that was thwarted, as many Western experts have it, by “imperialist” Russia strong-arming Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych into an 11th hour about-face.

 

 

November 28, 2013

View From the Global Tank: Iran Deal Only First Step in Long Road

Op-Ed, RIA Novosti

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

None of the leaders of the countries involved in the Iran nuclear talks in Geneva has failed to claim credit for the successful outcome, and Russian President Vladimir Putin is no exception.

 

 

November 28, 2013

"View From the Global Tank: Iran Deal Only First Step in Long Road"

Op-Ed, RIA Novosti

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

None of the leaders of the countries involved in the Iran nuclear talks in Geneva has failed to claim credit for the successful outcome, and Russian President Vladimir Putin is no exception.

“Russia has always advocated diplomacy and talks in tackling Iran's nuclear problem…. the Geneva action plan is based precisely on these kind of ideas and approaches,” Putin said.

The Joint Plan of Action caps Iran’s enrichment of uranium at 5 percent for six months, dilutes half of the country's 20 percent-enriched uranium and suspends activities at Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant, Fordow and the Arak reactors in exchange for a modest relief in international sanctions.

 

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