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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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Nuclear weapons (continued)

June 27, 2005

Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction


By Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities, Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Timothy Roemer, Senator Sam Nunn, Leonard Spector and Steven Brill

9/11 Public Discourse Project holds panel discussion on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.



September 2003

First to Arrive: State and Local Responses to Terrorism


By Robyn Pangi, Former Research Specialist, Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness, International Security Program and Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been preoccupied by the federal role in preparedness against terror attacks and by ways to provide a quick fix through organizational overhauls. First to Arrive argues that the best way for America to prepare for terrorism is to listen to people in the field; those working on the ground can guide decisions at the top.


March 11, 2013

"Safety vs. Recovery after Disasters"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"March 11, 2011, was three distinct disasters. The earthquake and tsunami fell into the category of tragedies that are often unavoidable. But the nuclear accident requires a different analytical frame, and proponents of nuclear energy shouldn't be allowed to write off the Fukushima crisis as a natural disaster. Since the industrial revolution, there have always been industrial harms. As societies require more of technology, engineering, and transportation, there will be blips in the systems. What isn't inevitable, however, is that they happen again."



AP Photo

March 15, 2011

"Can the US Handle a Nuclear Disaster?"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"Residents near the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts, and those within the 10-mile radiation zone of Vermont Yankee and Seabrook, N.H., are used to preparing themselves and seeking assistance from the government with training and drills, access to medication, and evacuation plans. They may not be completely confident in the government's planning, but they aren't completely dependent on it, either."


August 13, 2006

Engage 'Them'

Op-Ed, Philadelphia Inquirer

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

The "war on terror" has always been a misnomer. It assumes that the terrorist threat can somehow be "eradicated" through the mechanism of war — through military action using bombs, guns and bullets. War may be the short-term answer to an immediate threat; it is not the answer to the long-term crises.



August 12, 2006

What Not to Take From Britain's Success

Op-Ed, Washington Post

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

There is much to learn from the British: their reticence about disclosing details, their clear expertise in human intelligence, their non-hysterical reaction to very real threats. But how we deal with our immigrant and domestic populations is certainly not one of them.



June 29, 2006

The Forgotten Homeland: A Century Foundation Task Force Report


By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

Nearly five years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, has the government adequately protected its citizens against terrorism and catastrophic disaster?



September 22, 2005

Limiting Secrecy under the Patriot Act

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

In the next week or so, Congress is expected to vote on a bill to renew certain expiring sections of the Patriot Act. The debate over this law is a crucial conversation for our country and for how we protect both the security and privacy of a free citizenry.



September 2005

Protecting Liberty in an Age of Terror


By Philip B. Heymann and Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

Since September 11, 2001, much has been said about the difficult balancing act between freedom and security, but few have made specific proposals for how to strike that balance. As the scandals over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib and the "torture memos" written by legal officials in the Bush administration show, without clear rules in place, things can very easily go very wrong.



July 28, 2005

A War by Any Other Name

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

It was President Bush himself who insisted on calling it a global war on terror. He wanted to indicate that this was not just another piddling law enforcement action, but an all-out, full-scale military response to Sept. 11 that would involve U.S. troops around the globe. But now, apparently, a decision has been made that the language of war isn't working for him anymore. So in recent days, the "global war on terror" has been shelved in favor of the "global struggle against violent extremism."

Events Calendar

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