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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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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."

 

 

February 25, 2016

"The Truth about Closing Gitmo"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

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

"...[I]f the next president is either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, both of whom have expressed a commitment to close it, Obama will be handing his successor a facility that is far easier to shutter than when he took office. Ninety-one detainees is not jaw-dropping — it's not even a show stopper. It is manageable."

 

 

February 5, 2016

"Zika: Why We Shouldn't Panic"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

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

"As for other preventative measures, the United States is in a much better position than most other countries. For one, despite its flaws, our public health apparatus is sophisticated and capable of monitoring potential outbreaks and delivering medical services should the need arise. Our urban neighborhoods aren't as dense as those in the countries where the outbreak is happening, so mosquito control is easier. We widely use air-conditioning, and we tend to screen our windows. If the need arises, efforts to eradicate mosquitos can begin, as well as education efforts to limit large-scale breeding grounds, like water or puddles, can be initiated."

 

 

January 24, 2016

"A Winter Storm Wake-up Call"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

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

"But while it goes without saying that citizens need — and expect — government to work during times of disaster, they should also expect government to anticipate and mitigate the consequences for the next time around. Because there will be a next time."

 

 

January 7, 2016

"Are The Oregon Militia Domestic Terrorists?"

Media Feature

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

"Domestic terrorism has existed in this country since the beginning, and it has a legal definition. It is essentially the use or threatened use of violence for political change or to effectuate political change through undemocratic processes."

 

 

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January 4, 2016

"Face it, Oregon Building Takeover is Terrorism"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

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

"They are dangerous, they are unforgiving, they are flouting federal law, they have a political purpose and they clearly are willing to use violence to get their way. Simply because they are not Muslim jihadists does not mean they are authorized to threaten or use violence to support their political cause."

 

 

December 5, 2015

"What President Obama Should Say about Terror"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

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

"Fewer people died in San Bernardino than might have, otherwise, thanks to the incredible performance of public safety and health professionals in California....And it certainly wasn't down to chance — it was investments in security training and exercises based on the potential for an active shooter or a mass casualty event that taught those on the ground how to react, protect and respond when the community needed them the most."

 

 

December 2, 2015

"Move Over Selfie, Introducing The 'Dronie'"

Media Feature

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and Lisa Ellman

Lisa Ellman is a leading public policy lawyer in a Government Regulatory practice group focusing on domestic drones and other emerging technologies. She describes drones as "anything from a toy to a war plane" and she discusses the spectacular scope and possibilities of the crafts to help and hurt. Ellman draws attention to many of the practical policy issues at play with private drone ownership, including stalking and other safety issues, but also the flying robots capacity to help taking on jobs like assessing cell towers—which may be too dangerous for humans.

 
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.