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Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem

Lecturer in Public Policy

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

Telephone: 617-384-7325
Fax: 617-495-8963



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2015 (continued)

May 27, 2015

"The Price of Life: Compensating For Tragedy"

Media Feature

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy and Ken Feinberg

On this week's episode of "Security Mom," Juliette Kayyem sits down with Ken Feinberg, who's sometimes referred to as the Compensation Czar. He's a contemplative and frank man who has distributed funds to victims of some the worst crises of our times, from 9/11 to the Boston Marathon bombing.



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May 20, 2015

"Declare War on Climate Change?"


By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"The world is physically changing and that will put demands on future U.S. military officers. For the Coast Guard in particular, the changes in water — from the opening of the Arctic Ocean due to warming atmosphere to the devastation we have seen (and will see) in coastal nations — will bring about a brand new world order. This administration should know. Now that the Arctic is relatively ice-free for several months each year, a new and lasting occurrence, the administration recently approved offshore drilling in the Arctic, bringing a new challenge to the Coast Guard's response and recovery efforts."



May 18, 2015

"Abu Sayyaf Raid: Messing with the Heads of ISIS"


By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"..[T]he orchestrated U.S. government announcements about the documents, computers and other financial materials that were captured in the raid have got to make a lot of ISIS leaders very nervous. And it is likely to make members of ISIS who have avoided the violence of the battlefield — men like Sayyaf — believe that not even an office job is safe."



May 13, 2015

"Protecting Our Kids in a World of Social Media"

Media Feature

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy and Emily Bazelon

The present Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Sunday that what we need to fear are the strangers from abroad who infiltrate through the Internet, radicalize our citizens, and set them on a course of destruction. It is a scary thought, though it shouldn't be that surprising, given that terrorists have always adapted to new means of communication. They just discovered Twitter, that's all.



April 28, 2015

"The Slow Death Of The Color-Coded Terror Alert System"

Media Feature

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy and Michael Chertoff, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and Internaional Affairs

Juliette Kayyem spoke with former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff about what was wrong with the color-coded terror alert system, so we might better understand the bigger challenges we confront in a world of mayhem—how to understand risk, and how to talk about scary things.



April 19, 2015

"What Really Kept Boston Strong"


By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"The quick decisions to move runners off Boylston Street, the ability of police officers to seal the large crime zone and to utilize the military to do so, the pivot of public health officials from tending to blisters and dehydration to forming makeshift triage centers. It is worth remembering that not a single person of the hundreds who were transported to hospitals died; the three fatalities occurred at the bombing site only."



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April 13, 2015

"Inside Command And Control During the Boston Marathon Bombings"

Media Feature

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy and Ed Davis

Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis was in command and control during the week of the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013. On the eve of the second anniversary of the bombing, he details incredible behind-the-scenes decisions during the 100 hours spent in pursuit of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.



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March 26, 2015

"Was 9/11 Safety Precaution a Flaw?"


By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"...[W]e have seen that there is a real risk of pilots bringing down planes. We have built no back-up plans into the secure cockpit programs. It might be necessary to devise secure and classified entry access passwords or electronic keys that are available only to both pilots or a pilot and the lead flight attendant. No system of security should rely on a single point of entry and while the post-9/11 security planning made sense then, it may have outlived the threat now."



February 24, 2015

"Ideology Hurting Homeland's Security"


By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"... [M]ost of us live in the real world, where actions have consequences for the rest of us. And that means not just those disappointed immigrants who believed they were beginning the process of securing citizenship. It also includes those who work at DHS and the people that depend on them."



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January 30, 2015

"Perfect Security? No Such Thing"


By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"And anyone who follows the news will be aware of the litany of potential threats to an event being watched by millions of people across the globe — ISIS, a lone wolf terrorist, a deranged individual with too much weaponry, cyber villains, enemies of the state with weaponized drones, an unvaccinated kid with the measles....But stopping all bad things from happening can't possibly be the sole standard for judging these efforts. Instead, the less understood idea of response planning should be seen as of primary importance."

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.