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Sergei Konoplyov, director of the Harvard Black Sea Security Program, was recently honored with a medal, “For Support to Armed Forces,” from the Ukranian Minister of Defense, citing his “considerable personal contribution to the development of the Ukranian Armed Forces, high professionalism, and on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Harvard Ukranian National Security Program.”
Last year Konoplyov received another medal, “Armed Brotherhood,” from the Minister of Defense of Moldova for strengthening cooperation between the armed forces of Moldova and the United States. (Photo right)
Konoplyov says that “both medals and diplomas of appreciation are linked directed to the Kennedy School’s Executive Education programs, and show that militaries of different countries value the importance of a Kennedy School education.”
The Black Sea Security Program began in 2001 with the goal of encouraging a regional security system based on cooperation and integration. It is unique in its mission to bring together leading policy makers in the Black Sea region with senior US officers to gain a deeper understanding of issues affecting the region and to encourage problem solving in areas of common interest. The program involves senior military representatives and civilian security specialists from the United States and ten regional countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. Recent efforts to reach out have brought participants from Kazakhstan and Croatia to Harvard. The Black Sea Security Program and its predecessor – the Ukrainian National Security Program – have brought together 345 regional participants and 130 American participants since 1997.
The Program is supported by a generous grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.