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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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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.



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."



January 26, 2015

"How to Call a Snow Day for the Kids"


By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"So much activity, and there isn't even a snowflake in the sky. But that's how it is done. Incident commands, assets predeployed and ready, weather assessments that change hourly, and then, ultimately, the decision that the kids will be home. Sometimes it's obvious; sometimes, it's just a calculated guess."



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August 20, 2014

"Bad Policy, Bad Policing"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"Dual-use has the benefit of being both efficient and effective. The firefighter who shows up at a burning building does not wonder, at that moment, whether an arsonist or a careless cigarette smoker is to blame. She just wants to put the fire out. The medics at the Boston Marathon finish line had no idea whether the carnage came from a terrorist attack or a gas explosion. They just implemented their well-honed plans for treating a sudden surge in injuries."



April 15, 2014

"Would Better Data Have Helped?"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Ed Davis and Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"For government to function effectively in the future, it must commit to changes in how we assess information. The primary focus should be on more comprehensive training for public employees on how to gather and most effectively access the information they need. Often there are antiquated and bureaucratic barriers to information sharing that serve no purpose and hinder the capacity of government to interpret different pieces of data from different sources."



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