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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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2001 (continued)

November 20, 2001

Graham Allison: Preventing Terrorism in the Air: A How-to-guide for Nervous Airline Passengers

Press Release

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

As Americans take to the airways for Thanksgiving, what responsibilities should passengers assume for securing the aircraft against terrorists? Flight attendants routinely instruct those who sit in emergency rows about their responsibilities in the case of an emergency. But what about a security emergency?

 

 

November 18, 2001

Graham Allison: We Must Act As If He Has The Bomb

Press Release

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

The question is suddenly urgent: Could the inconceivable happen? President Bush has previously warned the world that Osama bin Laden is seeking to develop weapons of mass destruction. Now, bin Laden himself claims to have chemical and nuclear weapons -- and "the right to use them." We cannot know for certain whether he is bluffing, but Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge has confirmed that documents detailing how to make nuclear weapons have been found in an al Qaeda safe house in Kabul. And we can certainly expect that as the noose tightens aroundthe terrorist''s neck, he and his associates will become increasingly desperate.

 

 

November 18, 2001

Graham Allison: Nuclear Terrorism: It's the Plutonium, Stupid

Press Release

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

Osama bin Laden gave them the perfect opening. Just before President Bush welcomed Russian President Vladimir V. Putin to the White House for last week's summit, a Pakistani newspaper quoted the Al Qaeda leader claiming to have "chemical and nuclear weapons" and "the right to use them."

 

 

November 16, 2001

Graham Allison and Andrei Kokoshin: A US-Russian Alliance Against Megaterrorism

Press Release

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

President Bush has warned the world that Osama bin Laden is ''seeking to develop weapons of mass destruction.'' To meet this threat, the United States and Russia should take the lead in establishing an Alliance Against Megaterrorism. What should have been a crowning achievement of this week's summit was sadly a missed opportunity.

 

 

November 1, 2001

Graham Allison: Could Worse Be Yet to Come?

Press Release

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

Whether or not Osama bin Laden has acquired nuclear weapons, Graham Allison argues that the world must respond as though he has—and without delay AL-QAEDA'S terrorist assault on September 11th awakened Americans to the stark reality of mega-terrorism: terrorist acts that kill thousands of people at a single stroke. In the twinkling of an eye, possibilities earlier dismissed as analysts' (or Hollywood's) fantasies became brute fact. President George Bush rightly and resolutely declared war on Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and their Taliban hosts.

 

 

October 14, 2001

Graham Allison: Bombing Afghanistan with Food

Press Release

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

President Bush has taken an important first step in recognizing that the war on terrorism must involve not only destroying Osama bin Laden''s terrorism network, but also supporting Afghanistan''s civilian population through what is becoming an extreme humanitarian crisis. The president''s pledge of $320 million of food and medical aid for Afghanistan''s people and the dropping of 37,000 meals during the first American bombing raids should be commended.

 

 

September 27, 2001

Graham Allison: 100 Horribles: Contemplating al-Qaeda?s next move

Press Release

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

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 27 -- President George W. Bush''s call to arms was resounding and resolute. He rightly warned that war against bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and their Taliban hosts will be "unlike any other we have ever seen." As the Pentagon now prepares to strike a first blow in this long campaign, Americans must become realistic --super-realistic --about the fact that we face "a thinking enemy," in Secretary Colin Powell''s phrase.

 

 

September 19, 2001

Graham Allison on MSNBC: Combatting Terrorism

Press Release

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

09/19/2001: Graham Allison appears on MSNBC with Brian Williams at 9:00 p.m. Allison speaks about intelligence needs to combat terrorism.

 

 

September 14, 2001

Graham Allison: Protecting the Homeland

Press Release

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

As we mourn the victims of Tuesday''s vicious attack on America, it is not too early to begin thinking about lessons of this horror. A domestic Pearl Harbor sounds an alarm that should wake up American citizens and our government from a decade of what can only be called delusion. The brute fact is that the -- sole remaining superpower -- is supremely vulnerable to unconventional attacks by terrorists and rogue states.

 

 

June 18, 2001

Graham Allison and Paul Volcker: U.S. Needs A Post-IMF Russia Policy

Press Release

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

Much of the news coverage of Saturday's summit between Presidents Bush and Putin focused on traditional security concerns. But at least as important are the economic relations between the U.S. and Russia. It's time to get this important issue right -- and to end an era dominated by the International Monetary Fund.

 

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