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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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2015 (continued)

(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

January 12, 2013

"NATO-Russian Relations Can Still Be Saved"

Op-Ed, Moscow Times

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

It is indisputable that the Ukraine crisis has dealt a serious blow to Russia's relations with core members of NATO. It would take many years for Moscow, Washington and Brussels to fully mend the fences even if the conflict in Ukraine were resolved tomorrow.

But as Russia's new military doctrine indicates, the Rubicon in NATO-Russian relations has not been crossed — at least not yet. While naming Russia's allies, the doctrine, which was published on Dec. 26, avoids designating either NATO as a whole or any of its specific members as adversaries.

 

2014

November 17, 2014

The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter: June-October 2014

Newsletter

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

Belfer Center hosts a conference on U.S.-Russian relations;   Pavel Zolotarev comments on U.S.-Russian counter-terrorism cooperation; William Tobey assesses Barack Obama’s policy in combating nuclear terrorism, and more.

 

 

AP Images

August 12, 2014

"Cornering Putin Could Backfire"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The Ukrainian army has made significant gains against pro-Russian separatists in recent weeks, forcing the rebels to retreat to pockets around Donetsk and Luhansk. Victory seems to be within the Ukrainian soldiers’ grasp, but can it be attained and will it last?

 

 

AP

July 25, 2014

Why Hopes of Putin's Unconditional Surrender Could Prove to Be Futile

Op-Ed, Moscow Times

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

With almost a week past the tragic crashing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, it is becoming clear that whatever initial hopes Western leaders might have had — that Russia’s Vladimir Putin can be shamed or coerced into unconditionally throwing the pro-Russian rebels under the bus — are futile. There is hope, however, that both the conflicting sides and their supporters will sit down to negotiate a sustainable resolution to the conflict which threatens the foundations of Europe’s already fragile system of collective security.

 

 

June 16, 2014

The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter: March-May 2014

Newsletter

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

IPNT Participants Urge U.S and Russia to Continue Cooperating on Nuclear Security and Counter-Terrorism In Spite of Ukraine Crisis;  Matthew Bunn Highlights Insider Threats; Belfer Center Offers Policy Recommendations for Nuclear Security Summit;  and Elbe Group Calls for Continuation of Joint Actions on Preventing Nuclear Terrorism; and more.

 

 

April 16, 2014

How Russia's Red Line in Ukraine Got Real

Op-Ed, Russia Direct

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

In 2008, Kiev was actively pushing to integrate Ukraine into the West not only economically and politically, but also militarily. And yet Russia didn't intervene. So what's changed between now and then?

 

 

April 6, 2014

Comparing Crimean Apples with Georgian Oranges

Op-Ed, Moscow Times

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

Comparing a covert operation conducted by special forces in Crimea against an adversary that chose not to fight with a larger-scale military campaign, which involved mostly regular units and intensive military-to-military fighting, such as the 2008 Russian-Georgian war, is like comparing Crimean apples with Georgian oranges.

 

 

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.

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.