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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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Telephone: (617) 496-6099
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Email: graham_allison@harvard.edu

 

 

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2011 (continued)

April 13, 2011

Nuclear Security Summit: One Year On and Looking Ahead

Op-Ed

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School, Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

We asked nuclear policy experts in Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs to summarize in one paragraph the achievements in the year since President Obama convened a summit on nuclear security on April 12-13, 2010. And we asked for a second paragraph on what needs to be done in the year before the follow-up summit planned for Seoul, South Korea.

 

 

AP Photo

April 8, 2011

"War torn"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

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

In a Feb. 25 West Point speech, Secretary of Defese Robert Gates proposed a radical prescription for defense policy. If his view were adopted, the “Gates Doctrine’’ would be his most important legacy. In his words: “Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined.’’

 

 

(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

March 17, 2011

"U.S. Should Support British and French-led No Fly Zone in Libya"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

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

"President Obama should announce immediately full U.S. support for a British-French led No Fly Zone over Libya," writes Graham Allison. "He should express confidence in the British and French to organize and conduct this military operation with the backing of their colleagues in the 27-nation European Union and NATO. The US should stand ready to respond to requests for help if we have unique capabilities, including intelligence assets, essential for this mission." The U.S. should not take the lead, Allison argues.

 

 

Photo by Martha Stewart

Spring 2011

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

JFK's inaugural challenge has inspired the people who make up Harvard’s Kennedy School from its founding. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that inauguration, it is appropriate to pause and consider the hard questions that he put to us on January 20, 1961.

 

2010

(AP Photo/CIA)

December 6, 2010

"Break the Silence on Syria's Nuclear Program"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

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

If Israel had not bombed the Al-Kibar reactor site in an air strike in September 2007, it would be producing plutonium by now for Syria's first nuclear bomb," write Belfer Center Director Graham Allison and former IAEA Deputy Director Olli Heinonen. "But this violation of Syria's treaty commitments was not discovered by IAEA inspectors....So it has been convenient for world powers to let Syria slip off the radar and to move on as if these events had not occurred." This silence, the authors argue, must be broken.

 

 

Winter 2010-11

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

Belfer Center Director Graham Allison welcomes new senior fellow Olli Heinonen from the IAEA, discusses the Center's launch of the Diplomacy and International Politics Project, and comments on the significance of the Center's recent Technology and Governance 2.0 Conference.

 

 

September/October 2010

"Graham T. Allison: The Congenital Optimist"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, has consistently warned policy makers about the dangers of a nuclear weapon falling into the hands of terrorist groups such as al Qaeda. Allison spoke with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about what he thinks needs to be done today to turn rhetoric about tightening nuclear security into stronger action.

 

 

August 9, 2010

Graham Allison Calls for Citizen Follow-up to "Countdown to Zero"

Memorandum, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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

The Belfer Center is honored to have a number of our scholars and alumni prominently featured in the film Countdown to Zero. It is a testament to our long-standing commitment to providing leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the threat of nuclear terrorism and proliferation. Translating words into deeds, however, will require private citizens to take action. For her work in pushing nations around the world to sign a treaty banning land mines, Jody Williams won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997....Someone asked one of my colleagues here at the Center, what would a nuclear Jody Williams do? Colleagues here have developed a list.

 

 

AP Photo

June 23, 2010

Extending the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction

Media Feature

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School, Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom and William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The G-8 meeting in Canada this weekend is expected to extend the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction for another 10 years with a further commitment of funding, and to make its focus more global.

 

 

AP Photo

May 29, 2010

"Look on my works, ye markets"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

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

The new European Central Bank headquarters is like the British in New Delhi. Each step towards the project's completion was a stop closer to political collapse, writes Belfer Center Director Graham Allison.

 

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