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Juliette Kayyem

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Juliette Kayyem

Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Contact:
Telephone: 617-384-7325
Fax: 617-495-8963
Email: juliette_kayyem@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Juliette Kayyem has spent over 15 years managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government. She is the founder of Kayyem Solutions, LLC, providing strategic advice in technology, risk management, mega-event planning and cybersecurity. Clients comprise a range of companies including Airbnb, Rave Mobile Safety, and the International Centre for Sport Security.

Juliette is currently the Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard Kennedy School and an on-air security analyst for CNN. She also hosts a regular podcast entitled The SCIF for WGBH, Bostonís local NPR station, and her newest book, Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home, was published in 2016.

Most recently, she was President Obamaís Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. There she played a pivotal role in major operations including handling of the H1N1 pandemic and the BP Oil Spill response; she also organized major policy efforts in immigration reform and community resiliency. Before that, she was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrickís homeland security advisor guiding regional planning and the stateís first interoperability plan, and overseeing the National Guard.

She has served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, a legal advisor to US Attorney General Janet Reno, and a trial attorney and counselor in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. She is the recipient of many government honors, including the Distinguished Public Service Award, the Coast Guardís highest medal awarded to a civilian. In 2013, she was named the Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial columns in the Boston Globe focused on ending the Pentagonís combat exclusion rule against women, a policy that was changed that year.

Juliette is a board member of Mass Inc., the International Centre for Sport Security, and the Red Cross of MA. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Cyber Alliance, the Trilateral Commission and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnsonís Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and the mother of three children, she is married to First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David Barron.

 

 

By Date

 

2016

AP

December 5, 2016

"Why to Embrace 'Nanny State' after Oakland Fire"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"...21st century America is a much safer place to exist, work and play than any time in our country's history because government oversight exists. After all, it was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, a fire that killed 146 workers who had no escape route from a factory that had locked doors and overcrowding and whose owners escaped any culpability or liability, that led to the modern-day Labor Department and the advent of worker safety laws."

 

 

AP

November 20, 2016

"How to Prepare for the Day After"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"But as the days have unfolded, I have been growing more concerned with what the management, backstabbing and infighting also reveal. This team of mostly white men ó with conservative and racially tinged inclinations, including from the recently announced national security adviser Michael Flynn ó may not be able to handle a crisis with a steady hand and commitment to unity."

 

 

November 8, 2016

"What's the Biggest Threat on Election Day?"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"Databases of who is registered are not considered a type of critical infrastructure subject to regulations and oversight, so instead the federal government is simply dependent on the states to protect their own data rolls."

 

 

November 4, 2016

"Episode 101: Democracy in the Age of Cyber Security"

Media Feature

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School and Jonathan Zittrain, Faculty Affiliate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

Is Russia deliberately trying to impact the U.S. presidential election? What are the consequences of these cyber leaks for our democracy and our society, not just in the remaining days of this election, but beyond November 8th?

 

 

Fall/Winter 2016-2017

Newsmakers

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School, Paul de Sa, Former Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, 1999-2000, Chuck Hagel, Visiting Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Institute of Politics, Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa, Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School, Zhu Liu, Associate, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Barry Posen, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1979-1981; Former Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 1995-2000; Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security, Robert Springborg, Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar, Middle East Initiative and Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Member of the Board; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

A sampling of Belfer Center fellows and affiliates in the news.

 

 

AP

October 24, 2016

"Why the Opioid Crisis is an Issue of Homeland Security"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"Our homeland defenses are focused on risk planning ó terrorism is a threat, but so are hurricanes and tornados, oil spills and border controls, and public health risks like Zika and, clearly, synthetic drugs. Our nation's security is about calculating risks to all-hazards and supporting those who are trained to protect our citizens. Simply put, the drug epidemic is challenging our overall response capacity and we haven't closed the gaps in our postal system that brings the drugs here."

 

 

October 17, 2016

"The Rise of the All-hazard Moms"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"...'[S]ecurity moms' are no longer just about ISIS or al Qaeda. In my field, we use the term 'all-hazards' to reflect how America's security apparatus has changed since the terror attacks of 9/11 ó and how it needs to think about every type of risk, whether it be from ISIS, climate change, cyberattacks or gun violence. Now, it seems, security moms are taking a similarly broad view of security: To them, it is about protecting their homes and children, whatever the threat. They have, in short, embraced an all-hazards approach to their own security.

 

 

October 13, 2016

'Women are Leaving the Party That Once Promised Them Safety'

Op-Ed, Politico

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"Working women like me have long laughed off or even forgotten those slights and inappropriate behavioróuntil last Friday's video reminded me of all those times when forging a career in a predominantly male field, and having three kids, wasn't without its abuses."

 

 

Creative Commons

August 23, 2016

"Debate on Whether to Show Up for Flood Misses the Point"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"...[T]he truth is that showing up is the easy part. Making government work when people need it is the real challenge."

 

 

August 12, 2016

"Terrorism Only Works on Nations That Aren't Ready for It"

Op-Ed, The Atlantic

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"At the moment the explosions went off at the Boston Marathon, the first responders had no idea if it was the result of two brothers with a bomb or an overheated generator. It didn't matter. Plans in place to protect American citizens had to be viable for national-security threats, natural disasters, or any other mayhem."

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President†Mikhail Gorbachev.