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Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem

Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)

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

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Telephone: 617-496-6743
Fax: 617-495-8963
Email: juliette.kayyem@gmail.com

 

 

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2013 (continued)

April 29, 2013

"Diluting the Terror Watch Lists"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)

"...[T]he necessity to remove Cuba from the list is immediate. We need to rationalize these terror lists, whether they designate individuals or countries. The term 'state sponsor of terrorism' means nothing if Cuba is on the list: It simply says we kind of don't like you and will find any reason to make it hurt. An over-inclusive list, as we are seeing in the Boston case, can be as damaging as an under-inclusive one."

 

 

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April 25, 2013

"The New Normal?"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)

"...[E]very aspect of the week's events from the security precautions taken at the finish line of the Marathon to the way the manhunt was conducted will provide new standards for public safety entities who learn from each other. Giving the task of performing such an evaluation to an independent assessor without past ties to Massachusetts law enforcement is essential. Public confidence will benefit because, before we know it, there will be another Marathon next year. A formal process of determining lessons learned, while memories are fresh, is part of an effective feedback loop."

 

 

April 18, 2013

"Resilient Bostonians Must Regroup, Learn, and Adapt"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)

"Those actions by authorities were the product of a constant process of learning from horrors in the past. The lessons learned from the terrorist attacks on 9/11 prompted the quick reactions of first responders in Boston. The skills that soldiers mastered in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan created competencies that saved lives, and limbs, at the bomb site. The plea for public participation came from a government that has learned that an insular national security apparatus is limited in its capacities."

 

 

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April 16, 2013

"A Spectator Event with No Doors"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)

"The speed of evacuation, and the intensity of the response, were the products of months of planning for the Marathon. Public-safety officials were on high alert because any event with lots of people around is sure to have safety issues. But no marathon can ever be totally secure."

 

 

April 15, 2013

"Marathon Misery"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)

"When the race is over, there will be talk of endurance and determination, of personal bests and getting past the proverbial wall, of Heartbreak Hill (it's actually a bunch of hills — there is no forgetting that) and the finish line. Visitors will praise the hospitality of this city whose residents pass around water and cheer athletes onward."

 

 

April 11, 2013

"The Military's Sexual Assault Non-solution"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)

"...[T]he military can't trust its own senior leaders to do right and thus doesn't want them to have the power to do any more wrong. Seen in this light, there should be only cautious optimism in response to the Pentagon's move to protect victims of sexual crimes. The time to celebrate will be when the Pentagon can actually reduce sexual violence. That is about 19,000 sexual assaults a year away."

 

 

April 8, 2013

"Take Burden off Veterans Affairs"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)

"Long-neglected computer upgrades are coming on line, but the VA's promises that the backlog will be overcome by 2015 seem specious given that 97 percent of all claims are still made in paper. Continued delays aren't only concerns for those who've already fought. They could discourage new recruits. The Defense Department is well aware that its ability to recruit troops to an all-volunteer force is made more difficult if veterans' services are being neglected."

 

 

April 4, 2013

"Is it Time to Worry?"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)

"But today's scare is not just a matter of concern for China. The nation's insular government, dense population, and environmental ills have already combined to create several global pandemics. The 2003 SARS outbreak began in China, and, by its end, killed about 800 people and caused close to $50 billion in economic losses. China had originally prevented disclosure of the SARS outbreak, telling nervous global public health officials to take a hike."

 

 

April 1, 2013

"The NRA's Best Defense"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)

"The fight for gun control has moved past Lanza or Loughner. They are the Pearl Harbors of the current legislative battle: causes for engagement but not the only reasons for the war. Gun control is a cause in itself, and the struggle for universal background checks of gun buyers is nothing short of a battle for democracy. Over 90 percent of all Americans now favor such checks. It shouldn't be that hard to get it through Congress."

 

 

March 28, 2013

"The Gay Rights Cases, in Perspective"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)

"The marriage debate is already over for our children. If the trajectory of polling continues as it has, in places as diverse as Massachusetts and Mississippi, acceptance of gay marriage is a foregone conclusion. This applies to the children of heterosexual parents as much as those of homosexual parents. My hockey-playing son watches a gay father talk with the chain-smoking referee at the rink, and condemns only one of them."

 

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