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Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem

Lecturer in Public Policy

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

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

 

 

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International Security (continued)

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."

 

 

December 17, 2012

"'Conflicting Facts' about Newtown Shootings Were Really Unverified Rumors"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"...[A]s I watched too much television and listened to too much radio over the weekend, I recalled that cautionary saying about the unreliable content of initial reports. As a former homeland security official who now writes opinion columns, I found myself wondering: Why do so many media outlets say that there are 'conflicting facts' about what unfolded? It is wrong to describe unverified fragments of information as 'facts.' Actual facts are not conflicting."

 

 

December 17, 2012

"The Nimble King"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"Syria's unrest is not only a burden, it also provides the king with a cautionary foil: Change can be managed, or it can be deadly. The Jordanians, at least for now, are handing Abdullah the luxury of time. The uprisings are not pervasive, and the king is trying to head off larger protests by addressing systemic concerns over corruption and transparency. Parliamentary elections will be held in January."

 

 

December 13, 2012

"As it Grows, Al Jazeera Risks Losing Touch"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"...[A]s the Arab Spring continues past a single season, Al Jazeera's very success is revealing some of its vulnerabilities. Its power has others wanting in on the action. As the movement towards democratic reform becomes more pervasive, the network's ownership by a conservative monarchy has become its Achilles' heel. The emir of Qatar recently placed a member of the royal family as director-general of news on Al Jazeera, a reminder to its staff of who pays the bills. In a region where conspiracy theories are rampant, the network's ownership makes it a target for reformers who feel it's mainly catering to the existing power structure."

 

 

December 10, 2012

"Qatar Arms Deals Expose Limits of US"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"...[M]oving arms to just about anyone who was willing to bring down Moammar Khadafy would have satisfied three of Qatar's goals at once: its political desire for relevancy in making a future Libyan government beholden to it; its strategic desire to minimize the influence of the Shi'ite government in Iran, its giant neighbor; and its practical desire to make a lot of money. As if to make the last point clear, Qatar is now asking the new Libyan government to pay it back for all those guns."

 

 

December 6, 2012

"McGovern, Kerry Tackle the Cold War"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"Enter John Kerry, whose status as chair of the Foreign Relations Committee made him a possible broker of compromise. While promoters of the Magnitsky bill refused to backtrack on their principles, opponents argued that Russian and US relations are too consequential to be defined by the death of a single lawyer. With these dueling priorities, months passed. But the legislative process can be cunning and capable. The Magnitsky bill was linked to something that would make the Russians happy: normalized trade status."

 

 

December 3, 2012

"The World Does Not Revolve Around Benghazi"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"Russia's move this week to take advantage of the melting ice in international waters was predictable. But this groundbreaking event was largely ignored because of the controversy in Washington over who said what, and whether their words might affect their ability to become secretary of state."

 

 

November 29, 2012

"Pentagon Rules Excluding Women aren't Worth Defending"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"Four military women, each having served in Afghanistan or Iraq, have sued the Pentagon over its combat exclusion rules. The plaintiffs come from the Rosa Parks school of activism: They only want what they deserve. Each one either faced the enemy, won the Purple Heart, or been injured by IEDs on the streets of Baghdad or Kabul. Their legal complaint takes on the confusing rules that prohibit them from 'combat,' and yet, because of the nature of warfare today, allow them to fight. The fact that the military doesn't give them credit for fighting limits their chances for promotion and the opportunity to learn new skills. The combat rules fool no one, least of all these plaintiffs."

 

 

November 22, 2012

"Israel's Iron Dome"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"For Israel, the chorus of cheers about Iron Dome risk muting the smart strategic reason why it was put in place: to ensure that a huge number of Israeli fatalities did not force the government's hand in launching a land war in Gaza. The shield provided the political space for a conservative leadership, and a divided nation, to consider alternatives to an invasion that would have surely inflamed Palestinian and Arab sentiment."

 

 

November 19, 2012

"BP Lets Employees Take the Fall"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"But if the indictments are meant to punish, they are also meant to guide conduct in the future. Individuals should be under no obligation to perform as company men, a message surely not to be missed by employees in industries that perform at high risk for high profits. The indictments break the myth that an employee should only think of what's best for his employer; BP, in admitting its own guilt, protected its senior management from prison but left Vidrine and Kaluza to face a courtroom."

 

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