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Kevin Ryan

Kevin Ryan

Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Member, The US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism

Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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Telephone: 617-495-7747
Fax: 617-495-8963
Email: kevin_ryan@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

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2008

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March 19, 2008

Five Years Into Iraq: A Report Card

Media Feature

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School, Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Meghan L. O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Eric Rosenbach, Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (on leave) and Paul Kane, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, February 2004–August 2008

With the war in Iraq stretching past the five-year mark, experts weigh in on what has gone right, what has gone wrong, and lessons learned. Paul Kane, a Marine veteran of Iraq, writes of the “serious disconnect” between civilians and those who have served in uniform, while Meghan O’Sullivan, former deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, says that today “we have the right strategy in place — and it is making a difference on the ground.”

 

 

Photo by Martha Stewart

Spring 2008

"Gorbachev and Belfer Center Combine Forces to Overcome Nuclear Danger"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev visited Harvard's John F. Kennedy School on December 4 and told an overflow crowd at the JFK Jr. Forum that the time has come to rejuvenate efforts to eliminate the danger from nuclear weapons and materials.

 

 

March 25, 2008

"Is it Wise to Pause in Iraq?"

Op-Ed, Orlando Sentinel

By Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Brigadier General (ret) Kevin Ryan, senior fellow at the Belfer Center, examines the pros and cons of pausing the troop withdrawal in Iraq. It may be beneficial for the war in Iraq, he says, but could seriously complicate the conflict in Afghanistan for U.S. forces.

 

2007

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December 19, 2007

Putin Deserves Credit for Russia's Resurgence

Media Feature

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School and Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Time magazine has named Russian President Vladimir Putin its Person of the Year for 2007. Belfer Center experts Graham Allison and Brigadier General (ret.) Kevin Ryan weigh in on his selection.

 

 

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November 26, 2007

"What is Bad for Russia is Again Good for U.S."

Op-Ed, Moscow Times

By Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Brigadier General (ret.) General Ryan examines the relationships that the U.S. has with both Russia and Georgia. He writes "it's certainly understandable and justified that the United States would consider its own national interests first when dealing with Georgia or Russia, but the truth is that the U.S. attitude toward the region too easily falls into the tired Cold War paradigm of "what is bad for Russia is good for the United States.'"

 

 

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October 16, 2007

"Expand or Scrap the Missile Ban"

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Two decades after the U.S. and Russia signed the only treaty in history that eliminated an entire class of weapons, the treaty has become a danger to Russian and American security interests, according to Brigadier General (ret.) Kevin Ryan. It must now either be expanded or eliminated, he says.

 

 

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October 11, 2007

"No choice -- withdrawal starts in '08"

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School and Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"What all of this debate about withdrawal missed, however, is that the driver is not conditions in Iraq or politics in the United States but the hard realities of Army and Marine Corps readiness. As the troops' extended 15-month tours of duty end, the Army and Marine Corps simply don't have more troops to replace them. The withdrawal will be, in effect, the flip side of the surge."

 

 

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October 7, 2007

Iraq Progress Report: Reading Between the Lines

Media Feature

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School, Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Paul Kane, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, February 2004–August 2008, Eric Rosenbach, Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (on leave) and Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program

With Gen. David H. Petraeus scheduled to appear before Congress next week, Belfer Center experts and researchers offer their insights and analysis — as well as items that Congress should not overlook.

 

 

May 24, 2007

Plans in Iraq Must Be Based on Realistic Demands

Op-Ed, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

This week, a second round of surge units were announced for Iraq as the number of troops in that country builds to its highest level ever. Gen. David Petraeus has told President Bush that he needs until September to see if conditions on the ground warrant continuing the surge.

 

 

March 29, 2007

The Withdrawal that Isn't

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

 

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