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Juliette Kayyem

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

 

 

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Americas (continued)

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?

 

 

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 — 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 — 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.

 

 

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."

 

 

FEMA

July 20, 2016

"How Our Disaster Relief System Forces Foolish Decisions"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe Magazine

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

"The system favors negligent behavior because it provides no incentive to change and no penalties for making the same mistakes over and over. Not only is this a waste of taxpayer money, it is also fundamentally inconsistent with the goal of building a resilient society that must have the capacity to learn from the past."

 

 

June 15, 2016

"Why Do We Downplay This Terror Issue?"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

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

"If I told you that some dangerous new device was being used by ideologues to kill tens of thousands of Americans, we would naturally move to regulate that device — and access to it. But change that one word — device — to weapon, throw in an absolutist notion of the Second Amendment, and mix it with a lot of lobbying by the National Rifle Association, and the debate changes. Automatically."

 

 

May 25, 2016

"Homeland Security's Goldilocks Problem"

Media Feature

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

HKS Lecturer Juliette Kayyem, a national security expert and author of "Security Mom," digs into the "Goldilocks" problem of security in the United States, analyzing whether the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is worth the cost and hassle to air travelers; providing historical context to US approaches to safety and security; and explaining why national security is shaping up to become the central theme in the 2016 presidential general election, and what that means for the candidates.

 

 

May 20, 2016

"Long Lines and Disasters: The TSA in a Time of Troubles"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, The American Prospect

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

"The way TSA and certainly security experts like me think about security is that we talk about layered security: That is, what you want is enough layers. None of them are perfect; everyone is willing to admit that. You might secure some doors and not others. But you put enough layers in those access points for violence to become a little bit more difficult."

 
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.