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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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2011

December 15, 2011

"Comrades, we're in a defensive arms race with Russia-- but it isn't a bad thing."

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy "The Best Defense" Blog

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

Russian leaders have previously promised to improve the survivability of their offensive nuclear missile force as a means of ensuring that they would retain an effective nuclear deterrent, and that will likely happen.  But recent events and announcements indicate that Russia is also investing money in its own increased missile defenses.

 

 

US Missile Defense Agency

August 18, 2011

U.S. and Russia: Agreeing not to disagree

Op-Ed, International Herald Tribune

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

According to media reports, the United States and Russia were close to signingan agreement on missile defense cooperationon the margins of the G-8summit meeting in May. The details ofthe proposal are not public, but the disappointmentover not achieving theagreement is.

 

 

Spring/Summer 2011

"Preventing the Unthinkable"

Journal Article, Journal of International Security Affairs, issue 20

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

During the Cold War, the threat of a nuclear attack came mainly from the U.S.-Russian nuclear arsenals, writes Kevin Ryan. Today, however, the United States and Russia have been forced to adapt to a new nuclear threat—that of dedicated terrorists with money and technological access who seek to obtain and use a nuclear device.

 

 

(AP Photo)

April 1, 2011

"The Pat Tillman story: service before self"

Op-Ed, San Diego Union-Tribune

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

For most people, writes Belfer Center Executive Director for Research Kevin Ryan, the story of Pat Tillman, the former professional football star who joined the Army after 9/11, ends with his tragic death and the ensuing controversy surrounding the Army’s handling of it. But for those who know Marie Tillman, Pat’s wife, and the Pat Tillman Foundation, the story does not end there. It continues in the same way it started – in selfless service to others.

 

2010

May 25, 2010

The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter: May 25, 2010

Newsletter

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

The newsletter is a forum for discussing nuclera terrorism and actions to contribute to improved joint US-Russian assessment of the threat of nuclear terrorism.

 

 

April 13, 2010

The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter: April 13, 2010

Newsletter

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

This newsletter is a forum for discussing nuclear terrorism and actions to contribute to improved joint US-Russian assessment of the threat of nuclear terrorism.

 

 

Belfer Center

Spring 2010

"U.S.-Russia Initiative Aims to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

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

Kevin Ryan is director of the U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism.

"In an effort to address this [nuclear terrorism] threat, the Belfer Center has teamed with other United States and Russian partners to form the U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism. The goal of the Initiative is to contribute to improved joint U.S.-Russian assessment of the threat of nuclear terrorism and concepts, strategy, and actions to prevent a successful nuclear attack by terrorists."

 

2008

AP Photo

March 19, 2008

Five Years Into Iraq: A Report Card

Media Feature

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 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.

 

 

February 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.

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.