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 has published twice on the Lawfare Blog about Russia and Ukraine and continues to follow the unfolding crisis. 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 helped to co-convene a symposium on Black Sea security to be held at the University of Pittsburgh. In late 2014-early 2015, she helped to organize  the Tufts symposium, "Russia in the 21st Century," where she chaired and participated in a panel on Geopolitics in the Post-Soviet Space.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, she coordinated a working seminar on the security challenges in Central Asia, jointly sponsored by CIS and SSP. In February 2013, she organized a STARR FORUM on the "Fate of the Reset"; and for the 2013-2014 academic year, she organized a seminar series on "Central and South Asia after 2014." In May, 2013, she spoke about the Chechen wars on a STARR FORUM about the Boston Marathon bombing. As the Ukraine crisis unfolded, she organized a STARR FORUM entitled "Ukraine: What's Next?" and during the current academic year, she is the co-chair of a seminar series, jointly sponsored by CIS, SSP, and MIT-Russia, entitled "Focus on Russia."

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