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Simon Saradzhyan is the founding director of the Russia Matters Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Dr. Saradzhyan also helps advance the center’s U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism. His research interests include national power, military interventions, arms control, counterterrorism, and the foreign, defense, and security policies of Russia and other post-Soviet states and their relations with great powers.

Prior to joining the Belfer Center in 2008 as a full-time research fellow, Dr. Saradzhyan had worked as a researcher, consultant, and journalist in Russia for 15 years.

Saradzhyan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Moscow State Linguistic University, his Masters in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, and his Doctor of Philosophy in War Studies degree from  King’s College London.

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