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Carol Saivetz
Carol R.
Senior Advisor


CAROL R. SAIVETZ is a Senior Advisor in the MIT Security Studies Program.  She is also a Research Associate at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.  She holds and M.I.A., M.Phil., and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Political Science and a certificate from what is now the Harriman Institute at Columbia.  Between 1995-2005, she was the Executive Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and between 1992-2006 she was a Lecturer in Government at Harvard.  She is currently teaching Russian Foreign Policy in the Political Science Department at MIT.  Professor Saivetz has consulted for the US Government on topics ranging from energy politics in the Caspian and Black Sea regions, questions of stability in Central Asia, to Russian policy toward Iran.  She is the author and contributing co-editor of 5 books and numerous articles on Soviet and now Russian foreign policy issues, including an assessment of the “reset,” Russian policies toward the other Soviet successor states, and Russian attitudes toward the “Arab Spring.”  Her current research interest is energy competition in and around the Black Sea region.  Her most recent publications analyze the newly resurgent Russia’s policies—including energy politics, and reactions to EU and NATO expansion.  She has also published opinion pieces on the Ukraine crisis and Russian intervention in Syria for the Lawfare Blog (Brookings) and commented on Ukraine for local radio and TV.  She is the co-chair of the MIT seminar series “Focus on Russia,” sponsored by the Security Studies Program, the Center for International Studies, and MIT-Russia.


Publications|Selected Publications

"Setting Expectations for the Helsinki Summit," Lawfare Blog, July 15, 2018.

"Frenemies: Putin and Erdogan," Lawfare Blog, March 4, 2018.

"What Does Putin Want from a  Bargain with Trump?" Lawfare Blog, February 5, 2017.



New England Cable News, July 17, 2018, "Trump Faces Criticism For Comments After Putin Meeting."

WGBH, July 13, 2018, "Could Trump's Hostility Toward NATO Allies Be A Winning Strategy At Home?"

WGBH, June 12, 2018, "North Korea Summit Heavy on Promises, Light on Detail."

WGBH, April 9, 2018, "Chemical Weapons In Syria And A New National Advisor."

WGBH, March 7, 2018, "Is North Korea Really Willing to Talk Denuclearization?"

WGBH, October 2, 2017, with Peter Krause, "Hours after NYC Terror Attack, Political Blame Game Erupts."

New England Cable News, October 30, 2017, "3 Former Trump Campaign Officials Charged."

WGBH, September 26, 2017, "North Korea Standoff."

New England Cable News, July 12, 2017, "What Did Trump and Putin Accomplish?"

WGBH, July 5, 2017, "North Korea Threat."

New England Cable News, May 16, 2017, "The Trump/Russia Enigma."

WGBH, April 13, 2017, "Trump's Evolving Foreign Policy."

New England Cable News, April 12, 2017, "Playing the Russia Card."

WGBH, April 5, 2017, "Crisis in Syria."

New England Cable News, April 14, 2016, "Is Putin Asking For Trouble?"