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Graham Allison

Graham Allison

Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

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Email: graham_allison@harvard.edu

 

 

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Op-Ed (continued)

April 30, 1995

Must We Wait for the Nuclear Morning After?

Op-Ed, Washington Post

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

What is the message of the Oklahoma City bombing for American national security? First, the oft-repeated assertion that with the end of the Cold War, the United States faces no direct or immediate threat to our security at home is dead wrong. As the most open society on a shrinking globe, America's democracy is also most vulnerable to terrorists' attacks. Such actions threaten not only our security but also our freedom.

 

 

September 25, 1992

The Territorial Dispute Between Russia and Japan: How a Special Group of Experts See it

Op-Ed, Izvestiya, issue 214

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

The Territorial Dispute Between Russia and Japan: How a Special Group of Experts See it

 

 

July 27, 1992

Collusion for Confrontation

Op-Ed, Financial Times (London)

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

On the global canvas of international politics today, what is the most striking anomaly? Of all the leading powers, two alone remain mired in a cold-war confrontation, without a peace treaty to conclude the second world war that ended 47 years ago, without normal relations. The contrast between Russia's new relationship with its main European adversary in the second world war, and its relationship with Japan, is instructive. Only on the Asian front, and most singularly in Russian-Japanese relations, is the cold war essentially frozen in time.

 

 

April 24, 1992

Marshalling an Effective Aid Package

Op-Ed, The Guardian

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Political pressure from all quarters has finally persuaded President Bush to join his G7 allies in supporting a multibillion assistant package to the former Soviet Union. In Moscow, first deputy prime minister Yegor Gaidar grasped the G7 package as something to be "compared in scope only to the second Marshall Plan." The allusion is hopeful if exaggerated. While the rhetoric is reminiscent, neither the circumstances in the east nor the commitment to the west yet justify such a comparison.

 

 

February 24, 1992

Commonwealth of Contradictions

Op-Ed, Asahi Shimbun

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

The Soviet Union has ceased to exist. Its disappearance leaves us without a convenient way of referring to this one-sixth of the Earth's surface. As a result, it is now commonplace to talk of the Commonwealth of Independent States as if it were a real political entity. But the Commonwealth is largely a misnomer. Those who participate in it have less in common than the term suggests. Whatever they share, it is not wealth.

 

 

February 9, 1992

Review of Dino Brugioni's Eyeball to Eyeball

Op-Ed, New York Times Book Review

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Distant as it is, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 still offeres the best lens available through which to examine the possibilities of nuclear confrontation, problems of crisis management and opportunities for crisis prevention. It remains the only occasion in the postwar era when the United States and the Soviet Union stood "eyeball to eyeball" contemplating actions that could have led directly to nuclear war. Dino A. Brugioni has now made an important contribution to the growing number of books on the crisis. His is the first account of this event as seen through the eyes of the intelligence officer. He has made admirable use of his own personal experience (he was the supervisor of aerial reconnaissance photographs during the crisis), as well as the historian's craft (he is also the author of a book on the Civil War), to retell this story with special intention to the role played by intelligence.

 

 

January 3, 1992

Nuclear Objectives

Op-Ed, Financial Times (London)

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Can the west seize the present moment of opportunity to secure and disable nuclear weapons on the territories of those former Soviet republics that wish to be nuclear free? The answer is yes - but only with a strategy that marshalls all western instruments of influence and exercises them with a sense for priorities.

 

 

August 27, 1991

On With the Grand Bargain

Op-Ed, Washington Post

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School and Robert D. Blackwill, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

In the aftermath of the failed Soviet coup, the United States should urgently take the lead in implementing a robust strategy to confront perhaps the most daunting geopolitical challenge yet for the Bush administration: the long-term Soviet transformation and that of the republics (or independent nations) to democracy and a market economy.

 

 

July 17, 1991

A Rare Opportunity for Our Leaders to Lead

Op-Ed, Financial Times

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Perhaps the major consequence of the Group of Seven summit has already occurred. Gorbachev's coming has concentrated the minds of hundreds of officials at the top of G7 government on the single most important international question of 1991:what about the Soviet future? No less than in the aftermath of the second world war, the end of the cold war requires Soviet and western leaders to decide what kind of Soviet Union they will seek to reconstruct.

 

 

July 3, 1991

Different Drummer, Different Market

Op-Ed, New York Times

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Is it realistic to envision that over the next decade or two the Soviet Union could become a democracy with a market economy? The odds are against it. Psychologically, the roots of a nondemocratic society that is not market-oriented run deep. According to a famous folk story, a Russian farmer responds to his neighbor's good fortune in acquiring a cow not by buying his own cow but by conspiring to kill his neighbor's cow. Conservatism, deep-seated envy and passivity reinforced by years of socialist paternalism have left Soviet citizens ill-suited for economic and political democracy.

 

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Graham Allison, founding dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a former top official at the Pentagon, and one of America’s leading scholars of nuclear strategy and national security, presents the evidence and argument that led him to two provocative conclusions: a nuclear terrorist attack on an American city is inevitable on our current course and speed, but preventable if we act now. 

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