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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
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Email: juliette_kayyem@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

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2012 (continued)

December 6, 2012

"McGovern, Kerry Tackle the Cold War"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"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, Harvard Kennedy School

"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, Harvard Kennedy School

"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, Harvard Kennedy School

"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, Harvard Kennedy School

"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."

 

 

November 15, 2012

"The GOP's Hispanic Problem"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"This multi-faceted search for a way to soften the party's hard edge on immigration has got to be frustrating; the reformers will be challenged by at least some of their supporters on almost every issue. There are still elements in the GOP who believe Romney was simply the wrong candidate, and that demographics aren't primarily responsible for his defeat. But most Republicans know they need to modify their position on immigration in order to attract new Americans."

 

 

November 12, 2012

"Bring Veteran Services into the Future"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"Such urgent needs of the post-9/11 combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan will soon morph into a quite different set of concerns, focused on the unique requirements of these specific veterans, including many women, who have served longer, seen combat again and again, and then settled throughout the country. This will create a burden on the highly centralized veterans system that was designed after World War II and modified only slightly after Vietnam."

 

 

November 8, 2012

"Obama has a Mandate — Immigration Reform"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"Obama and his team took advantage of the political opening. First, the administration delivered on the long-sought path to citizenship for the children of illegal immgrants who join the military or go to college, ruling by executive order that such people would no longer be deported. Obama owned the issue, solely, because of Republican recalcitrance."

 

 

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November 5, 2012

"After Sandy, Environmentalists, Military Find Common Cause"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"Today, one hurricane (or tornado or fire or drought) does not constitute proof of climate change, but to deny the cumulative impact of extreme weather on geopolitics is no longer tenable. Changes in the environment will exacerbate destabilization in areas of deep strategic importance to the United States, including Asia, the Middle East, the Arctic, and Latin America. Facing increased temperatures, people will have to move to avoid rising sea water, tidal infiltrations, or arid soil; they will be searching for water, food, and space. The movement of people, and the fights between them over commodities, have been the causes of many wars."

 

 

November 1, 2012

"Politicians Push Back"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

"...[I]f we want more from government, then government may want more from us. And that includes earlier and smarter preparations, from shoring up creaky infrastructure to securing vulnerable homes and property. That sentiment was behind all the exhortations from politicians over the past week."

 
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