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Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem

Lecturer in Public Policy

Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Contact:
Telephone: 617-384-7325
Fax: 617-495-8963
Email: juliette_kayeem@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

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International Security (continued)

Janaury 28, 2013

"From Seneca Falls to Stonewall and Back Again"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"The case brought by female plaintiffs who had served, been wounded, and awarded medals of valor meant that the Pentagon was soon facing the prospect of defending the exclusion rules in court. It would have been a terribly divisive process. The lessons learned from the 'don't ask, don't tell' fight ­— especially the concern that a judge would force the Pentagon's hand ­— contributed to last week's decision."

 

 

January 24, 2013

"Clinton's Reality Check"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"The Benghazi attacks, she said, were likely the beginning of another wave of Al Qaeda-inspired violence: smaller but still deadly. The end of totalitarian governments will lead to more disruption, ideological fervor, and black-market weapons trading. It is the undeniable consequence of regime change, whether it comes from an invasion (Iraq), a limited intervention (Libya), a nudge (Egypt), or a hands-off policy (Syria) on America's part."

 

 

January 21, 2013

"Action on Guns and Immigration Needed"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"With Republicans now eager to engage in a discussion on immigration reform, to undo some of the damage of their past resistance, Obama can leave much of the impetus for immigration to the red states and promote gun control via the blue ones."

 

 

January 17, 2013

"Walmart's Veterans Program is Temporary Relief"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"But ultimately this initiative may do more to boost Walmart's image than the careers of veterans, especially if it detracts from the urgency to provide more job training and support. Matching veterans' skills with the right jobs will remain an elusive goal. For unemployed workers, Walmart's plan is a useful Band-Aid. It's not a coherent long-term strategy."

 

 

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January 14, 2013

"Chuck Hagel Will Too Set Policy"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"The idea that high-level officials, like Roberts or Hagel, merely administer rules set forth by others is a fiction. The secretary of defense has an incredibly powerful position. Indeed, it was the triumph of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's ideology over other alternatives that led to the mess Obama inherited four years ago. Hagel, presumably, has a different approach to matching operational capacity with policy decisions. That is why Obama picked him in the first place."

 

 

January 10, 2013

"Shell's Arctic Troubles Only Buy Time"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"...[T]o believe that the market will maintain its current risk assessment forever is to believe in the power of magical thinking. The economic and political stakes are overwhelmingly in favor of drilling. The White House is pushing for domestic sources of energy. Alaska's elected and tribal leadership will gain much from taxes on new economic activity. And our foreign competitors near the Arctic circle — including Russia, which sent an oil tanker through the Arctic during in December — are ready to plunge into the cold."

 

 

January 7, 2013

"The Real Plight of the Orphan-Hostages"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"...[I]t is painfully clear that this is a simple hostage story. It includes the fate of 46 children who had already been placed in loving homes in the United States but will now remain in Russia. The Russian orphans are being held, serving as a human shield, because the Russians want to prevent other countries from following the United States in cracking down on human rights abuses under Putin's regime."

 

 

January 3, 2013

"A Storm of a Fight"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"This whole episode will only distract from the debate we should be having, which is whether the entire system of federal relief isn't due for an upgrade as the number of disaster declarations, and their costs, keeps rising. The concern is that if the federal government simply pays back those who don't get insurance or who build homes too close to a shoreline, or provides relief to localities that don't protect critical infrastructure, then it may be encouraging risky behavior."

 

 

December 24, 2012

"The Year in Numbers"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"The never-ending negotiations about the pending fiscal cliff sometimes amount to nothing more than a dizzying array of numbers. Who can count that high? The negotiations also make us think that the only stastistics that mattered in 2012, or will matter in 2013, involve dollar signs. A year in pictures may be compelling and beautiful, but the year in numbers gives a strong hint of what to anticipate in the year ahead."

 

 

December 20, 2012

"Details are a Distraction in Newtown Killings"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"As the Columbine mythology suggests, the focus on the details of a particular case is not the right way to think about our obligation to those children who died. A nation cannot design a policy around what it thinks it knows about one incident. There are too many incidents to speak of and too many consequences for the choices that need to get made, particularly on gun control."

 
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.