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Kevin Ryan

Kevin Ryan

Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Member, The US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism

Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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Telephone: 617-495-7747
Fax: 617-495-8963
Email: kevin_ryan@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

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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.

 

 

Summer 2013

"Elbe Group Facilitates U.S.-Russia Communication, Security"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

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

As U.S. and Soviet forces converged in Germany in the final days of WWII, both armies met at the River Elbe near Torgau. That meeting of comrades, united in the face of common threats, is the inspiration for the Belfer Center’s “Elbe Group,” whose purpose is to maintain an open and continuous channel of communication on sensitive issues of U.S.-Russian relations. In late March, the Elbe Group met in Jerusalem for its eighth meeting since its founding in 2010.

 

2012

(U.S. Department of Defense)

June 24, 2012

"Vital Interdependence"

Op-Ed, Russia in Global Affairs

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

In a recent op-ed published in Russia in Global Affairs the Belfer Center's Kevin Ryan and Simon Saradzhyan argue that at a time when deep U.S. defense budget cuts are underway, supporters of continued U.S. missile defense development should consider the potential for cutting costs that cooperation with Russia could offer.

 

 

May 1, 2012

"Restoring the Spirit of the Elbe Meeting"

Op-Ed, Moscow Times

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

"On the eve of the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21, it seems that the rhetoric from both the United States and Russia has returned to a more combative past," writes Kevin Ryan, executive director for research at the Belfer Center and noted expert on Russia. "Deep-seated disagreements over missile defense and so-called frozen conflicts in Georgia have renewed suspicions and battered trust between the countries. This corrosive situation is only amplified by the fact that both countries are in an election year when moderation is viewed as a weakness and hyperbole is the norm."

 

 

(AP Photo/Stew Milne)

April 2, 2012

"A soldier’s moral compass constantly tested"

Op-Ed, Stars and Stripes

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

Writing about the contrast of a recent act of heroism by a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan who gave his life to save a young boy and another soldier who killed 17 sleeping children and adults, Brigadier General (ret.) Kevin Ryan says,"When a soldier makes the right choices, his deeds can be famous. When he makes the wrong choices, they are infamous. Each of us confronts these choices every day. In war, the choices and the results are magnified."

 

 

(AP Photo)

March 20, 2012

"U.S. and Russia Work Together Against Threat of Nuclear Terrorism"

Op-Ed, GlobalPost

By Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and The Elbe Group

The Elbe Group, former leaders of American and Russian intelligence and military organizations, write that the nuclear security summit in Seoul provides an important opportunity to reaffirm U.S. and Russian leadership against the deadly menace of nuclear terrorism — a threat that combines the Cold War peril of nuclear holocaust and the 21st century danger of international terrorism. Kevin Ryan joined other Elbe Group members in writing this oped.

 

 

(AP Photo)

January 6, 2012

"New Defense Strategy Guidance: Hardly a Strategic Pivot"

Op-Ed, Power & Policy Blog

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

"Don’t get me wrong – I am pleased that the executive branch and defense establishment have developed a fresh expression of our national defense goals and strategy from the top down, as it should be. But let’s stop calling this new guidance a 'strategic pivot' or a spectacular break from the past," writes Kevin Ryan, executive director for research at the Belfer Center.

 

2011

December 15, 2011

"Comrades, we're in a defensive arms race with Russia-- but it isn't a bad thing."

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy "The Best Defense" Blog

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

Russian leaders have previously promised to improve the survivability of their offensive nuclear missile force as a means of ensuring that they would retain an effective nuclear deterrent, and that will likely happen.  But recent events and announcements indicate that Russia is also investing money in its own increased missile defenses.

 

 

US Missile Defense Agency

August 18, 2011

U.S. and Russia: Agreeing not to disagree

Op-Ed, International Herald Tribune

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

According to media reports, the United States and Russia were close to signingan agreement on missile defense cooperationon the margins of the G-8summit meeting in May. The details ofthe proposal are not public, but the disappointmentover not achieving theagreement is.

 

 

Spring/Summer 2011

"Preventing the Unthinkable"

Journal Article, Journal of International Security Affairs, issue 20

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

During the Cold War, the threat of a nuclear attack came mainly from the U.S.-Russian nuclear arsenals, writes Kevin Ryan. Today, however, the United States and Russia have been forced to adapt to a new nuclear threat—that of dedicated terrorists with money and technological access who seek to obtain and use a nuclear device.

 
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