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Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem

Lecturer in Public Policy, 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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May 25, 2016

"Homeland Security's Goldilocks Problem"

Media Feature

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, 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, Lecturer in Public Policy, 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."

 

 

May 19, 2016

"EgyptAir Downing: What We Don't Know is Vital"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

"While some have called for the private sector to take over TSA, such a change wouldn't solve the intrinsic structural burden encountered in a world where millions of people are flying each day. And imagine changing course, and the burdens that would accrue, in the midst of another potential terror attack."

 

 

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April 6, 2016

"How Candidates Can Capture the 'Security Moms'"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

"Clinton, Sanders and down-ballot Democrats have the capacity to win the Security Moms away from Republicans by embracing them and acknowledging that the Democratic Party's approach to security — maintaining international alliances, criticizing the scapegoating of Muslim communities and supporting first responders — is successful."

 

 

April 2016

Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home

Book

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

In Juliette Kayyem's insider's look at American emergency and disaster management, Juliette distills years of professional experience into smart, manageable guidelines for keeping your family safe in an unpredictable world. From stocking up on coloring books to stashing duplicate copies of valuable papers out of state, Juliette's wisdom does more than just prepare us to survive in an age of mayhem—it empowers us to thrive. Her message, the result of years working where tragedy has thrived, is ultimately positive: starting in our homes, each of us—every mom, dad, aunt, uncle, yes every citizen—has the capacity to build a more resilient nation.

 

 

March 28, 2016

"'It Makes No Sense To Build a 10 ft. Wall on a 10,000 ft. Mountain'—Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson On Trump's Wall"

Media Feature

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and Jeh Johnson

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson joins Juliette Kayyem on the Security Mom podcast to talk about his journey to public service, his undercover operation as a TSA agent, his thoughts on Trump's wall and GOP immigration policies, plus transparency for the DHS moving forward.

 

 

March 28, 2016

"No, America Isn't 100 Percent Safe from Terrorism. And That's a Good Thing"

Op-Ed, The Washington Post

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

"In the immediate years after 9/11, the security establishment sold a vision of an America that never existed, a vision based on some notion that the country had been invulnerable and risk-free before the terrorists struck. The shock of such a massive attack on civilians in the homeland caused much of the public to experience collective amnesia, as if our nation had never before navigated perils, including ones more dangerous than al-Qaeda."

 

 

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March 22, 2016

"Why Keeping Us Safe from Terrorism is So Hard"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

"The reality is that there are just too many soft targets in Europe and the United States to ensure complete security. It is the way our system of freedom has been built. Sadly, as the attacks Tuesday showed, that is also why it is so vulnerable."

 

 

March 22, 2016

"Is Your Child's School Prepared for an Emergency? 9 Questions to Ask"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe Magazine

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

"My self-help attitude, I am told, can at times seem slightly militant. I think that unfair. Rather, it grows from a notion that citizens should take some responsibility for their safety, especially those who have the resources to act responsibly."

 

 

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March 13, 2016

"Trump Rallies Pose Major Challenge for Police, Security Officials"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

"By Saturday, after more protests and mayhem, Trump made clear that he had made the decision to cancel his rally, but that he had been consulting with law enforcement. Honestly, who cares? That sole issue — as if safety is some on-off switch between holding the event or not — completely misses the point. Once we have to ask whether the event should be canceled or not, order has already been lost."

 
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.