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Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem

Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, 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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2013 (continued)

January 17, 2013

"Walmart's Veterans Program is Temporary Relief"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"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, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"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, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"...[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, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"...[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, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"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."

 

2012

December 24, 2012

"The Year in Numbers"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"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, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"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, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"...[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, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"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, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"...[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."

 
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