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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

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

 

 

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International Security (continued)

April 8, 2013

"Take Burden off Veterans Affairs"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"Long-neglected computer upgrades are coming on line, but the VA's promises that the backlog will be overcome by 2015 seem specious given that 97 percent of all claims are still made in paper. Continued delays aren't only concerns for those who've already fought. They could discourage new recruits. The Defense Department is well aware that its ability to recruit troops to an all-volunteer force is made more difficult if veterans' services are being neglected."

 

 

April 4, 2013

"Is it Time to Worry?"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"But today's scare is not just a matter of concern for China. The nation's insular government, dense population, and environmental ills have already combined to create several global pandemics. The 2003 SARS outbreak began in China, and, by its end, killed about 800 people and caused close to $50 billion in economic losses. China had originally prevented disclosure of the SARS outbreak, telling nervous global public health officials to take a hike."

 

 

April 1, 2013

"The NRA's Best Defense"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"The fight for gun control has moved past Lanza or Loughner. They are the Pearl Harbors of the current legislative battle: causes for engagement but not the only reasons for the war. Gun control is a cause in itself, and the struggle for universal background checks of gun buyers is nothing short of a battle for democracy. Over 90 percent of all Americans now favor such checks. It shouldn't be that hard to get it through Congress."

 

 

March 28, 2013

"The Gay Rights Cases, in Perspective"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"The marriage debate is already over for our children. If the trajectory of polling continues as it has, in places as diverse as Massachusetts and Mississippi, acceptance of gay marriage is a foregone conclusion. This applies to the children of heterosexual parents as much as those of homosexual parents. My hockey-playing son watches a gay father talk with the chain-smoking referee at the rink, and condemns only one of them."

 

 

March 25, 2013

"America's Security, Under the Weather"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"Our infrastructure investments — whether they come through taxes, loans, or a promising infrastructure bank proposal that would invest private funds into public works — utilize local ingenuity to reduce our vulnerabilities. The decline of American infrastructure is a fixable national security problem, much more so than the religious, political, and ethnic divisions that pit so much of the world against each other."

 

 

March 21, 2013

"Fascism's Nascent Comeback in Europe"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"The austerity measures enacted in response to the Greek economic crisis have propelled the rise of right-wing politics; nationalist groups are gaining footholds throughout the country. One far-right party, Golden Dawn, has embraced the language and ideology of German fascism, focusing its ire on immigrants. Greece sits at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia, and shares a porous border with Turkey. The mass migration of refugees from Africa and the Middle East, in particular Syria with its 1 million displaced citizens, has led to increased violence against real and perceived outsiders in Greece."

 

 

March 18, 2013

"A War's Misleading Anniversary"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"The narrative of the Iraq war has a prologue and an epilogue whose lessons are as valuable to the United States as those derived from what came in between. As for the prelude, defenders of the war have somehow successfully rewritten the story to ignore the fact that many scholars, journalists, and defense specialists were urging President Bush not to succumb to this folly."

 

 

March 14, 2013

"Conduct Unbecoming the Military"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"The military has a sexual assault problem....There is only one certain way to stop sexual abuse: Victims must feel that coming forward will be taken seriously within the military justice system, and assailants must feel that they will face consequences. But the military justice system isn't equipped to handle this problem, and the Pentagon must reform it for the thousands of women who have suffered under its negligence."

 

 

March 11, 2013

"Safety vs. Recovery after Disasters"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"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."

 

 

March 7, 2013

"Chavez Death Creates Risk, Opportunity"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"By eliminating the automatic refugee status granted to Cubans if they somehow reach US soil, we would stop tempting them to take to the seas in rickety boats and inner tubes on which many lose their lives. We would also put the whole world on equal footing, determining which refugees are allowed to stay not by whether we like (or don't like) their country's leadership, but whether they have valid reasons to stay, including a fear of political reprisals. It is time we end a Cuba policy that has sowed ill will among our southern neighbors and non-Cuban immigrant populations in the United States."

 
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