Carol R. Saivetz

Carol R. Saivetz is a Research Affiliate in the Security Studies Program at MIT.  For two years prior to that, she was a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Center for International Studies.  She is also a Research Associate at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and an Associate at Harvard’s Ukrainian Institute.  From 1995-2005, she was the Executive Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and from 1992-2006, she was a Lecturer in Government at Harvard.

She holds a B. A. from Brandeis University, an M.I.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.  In addition, she holds a Certificate from what is now the Harriman Institute at Columbia.  She has consulted many times for the US Government, presenting on Russian-Iranian relations to the Department of State, on the legacy of Putin’s foreign policy to the CIA, and most recently on Russian foreign policy decision-making regarding the Caucasus and Central Asia, for the Department of State.

She has written widely on Soviet and now Russian policy in the Middle East and the other Soviet successor states.  Among the titles of her books are The Soviet Union and the Gulf in the 1980s, Soviet Third World Relations, and In Search of Pluralism:  Soviet and post-Soviet Politics.
Her most recent works include:  "Playing to Lose?  Russia and the Arab Spring," (with Stephen Blank) Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 59, No 1(January/February 2012); "Reset?  Russian Perspectives on US-Russian Relations," in Graeme Gill and James Young, Routledge Handbook of Russian
Politics and Society
, 2012; "The Ties that Bind?  Russia's Evolving Relations with its Neighbors," Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol. 45, No. 3 (2012).  She is currently working on two articles on Black Sea security issues and Turkish-Russian relations.

She has participated in numerous academic conferences:  an MIT conference on Persian Gulf Energy Security; two conferences at the Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute on the Central Asian role in the Ukrainian-Russian Gas Crisis; a conference on Global Security challenges sponsored by the US Army War College, where she spoke about Russian policies in Central Asia.  In November, 2011, she spoke at the Russian Academy of Sciences about the Implications of the “Arab Spring.” In spring 2013, she will co-convene a symposium on Black Sea security to be held at the University of Pittsburgh.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, she coordinated a working seminar on the security challenges in Central Asia, jointly sponsored by CIS and SSP.  She is organizing a seminar on the "Fate of the Reset" to be held in February 2013, and a seminar series for the 2013-2014 academic year on Central and South Asia after 2014.


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