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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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2005 (continued)

March 2, 2005

Tackling a Common Threat

Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun

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

PRESIDENT BUSH and his new national security team must be applauded for the progress made at the summit with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.

 

 

February 21, 2005

The Gravest Danger

Magazine or Newspaper Article, The American Prospect, issue 3, volume 16

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

The president who invaded Iraq citing fear of nuclear blackmail has been cavalier about preventing it elsewhere.

When asked in the first presidential debate of 2004 what constitutes the “single most serious threat to American national security,” there was a brief instant of agreement between President Bush and Senator Kerry. Both answered, “Nuclear terrorism.” The president repeated that he agreed with his opponent that the biggest threat facing the country is nuclear weapons “in the hands of a terrorist enemy.”

 

 

February 17, 2005

The Specter of Nuclear Proliferation

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times

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

>If North Korea has, in fact, assembled an arsenal of six or eight nuclear weapons, so what?

 

2004

December 17, 2004

A Cascade of Nuclear Proliferation

Op-Ed, International Herald Tribune

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

The recent report on global security released by a high-level UN panel identified seven principal threats, from terrorism and poverty to environmental degradation. Among these, though, the panel gives primacy of place to nuclear Armageddon.

 

 

December 7, 2004

America Still Vulnerable

Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun

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

The new secretary of DHS would do well to address our vulnerabilities before the terrorrists do.

 

 

Winter 2004-05

"From the Director"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

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

As the Bush administration chooses key personnel for its second term, it has been a pleasure, though not a surprise, to see several members of the Belfer Center's extended family on the list. I have enjoyed working in several capacities with Robert Zoellick, who has been tapped as Deputy Secretary of State, first when he was a student here and more recently when he spent more than a year at the Center as a Senior Fellow researching U.S. secretaries of state. As Deputy Secretary, he will deal with issues ranging from Iraq and Russia to nuclear terrorism - and he's well prepared for the job.

 

 

 

October 2004

Tick, Tick, Tick...

Magazine or Newspaper Article, The Atlantic

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

Not since the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 have I been as frightened by a single news story as I was by the revelation late last year that Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of Pakistan's nuclear-weapons program, had been selling nuclear technology and services on the black market.

 

 

September 21, 2004

Seattle Vulnerable to Nuclear Terrorism

Op-Ed, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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

Seattle was baptized into the era of terrorism in December 1999 when a customs agent became suspicious of a driver disembarking from a ferry at Port Angeles.

 

 

September 10, 2004

Nuclear Nightmare Closer to Reality

Op-Ed, Balitmore Sun

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

>Consider the evidence on five related fronts: bin Laden, Iraq, North Korea, Iran and Russia.

Some in the intelligence community now refer to the leader of the al-Qaida movement as "Osama bin Missing." While he lost his sanctuary and terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, bin Laden, his No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and 86 percent of the individuals identified by the U.S. government as al-Qaida leaders remain at large.

 

 

Fall 2004

"From the Director"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

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

This fall has been an exciting time at the Belfer Center, with both the beginning of a new year and a presidential election focused on the issues we know best. For many years, the Belfer Center has been a leader in researching the threat of nuclear terrorism and formulating policies to counter it, and this campaign season has brought that concern to a much wider audience. As you may have seen, I spent much of my summer talking with various audiences about my new book, Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, and Ash Carter, Jim Walsh, Matthew Bunn, and Anthony Wier have similarly been working hard to make sure this threat gets recognized before it is too late. By all accounts we have had considerable success.

 

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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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