Graham T. Allison

Douglas Dillon Professor of Government
Director
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Office Address
Littauer-368
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 53
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-496-6099
Fax: 617-495-1905
Email: graham_allison@Harvard.Edu
Assistant
Simone O'Hanlon (617-496-6098)
Graham Allison

Profile

Graham Allison is Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. As "Founding Dean" of the modern Kennedy School, under his leadership, from 1977 to 1989, a small, undefined program grew twenty-fold to become a major professional school of public policy and government. Dr Allison has served as Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Reagan and as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans under President Clinton, where he coordinated DOD strategy and policy towards Russia, Ukraine, and the other states of the former Soviet Union. He has the sole distinction of having twice been awarded the Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, first by Secretary Cap Weinberger and second by Secretary Bill Perry. He served as a member of the Defense Policy Board for Secretaries Weinberger, Carlucci, Cheney, Aspin, Perry and Cohen. Dr. Allison's first book, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (1971), was released in an updated and revised second edition (1999) and ranks among the all-time bestsellers with more than 450,000 copies in print. His latest book (2013), Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States and the World (co-authored with Robert Blackwill), has been a bestseller in the US and abroad.  His previous book, Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, is now in its third printing and was selected by the New York Times as one of the "100 most notable books of 2004." 

Courses

Fall

  • IGA-211 Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy, and the Press

Media Expertise

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Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Book Chapters
    • Allison, Graham. "Russia, Ukraine, and U.S. National Interests." The Crisis with Russia. Ed. Nicholas Burns and Jonathon Price. Aspen Institute, 2014.
    • Allison, Graham. "The Thucydides's Trap." The Next Great War? The Roots of World War I and the Risk of US-China Conflict. Ed. Richard N. Rosecrance and Steven E. Miller. MIT Press, 2014.
    • Allison, Graham. "Foreword." North Korean Nuclear Operationality: Regional Security and Nonproliferation. Ed. Gregory J. Moore. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Allison, Graham, and Oren Setter. "Blocking All Paths to an Iranian Bomb: How the West Can Avoid a Nuclear Maginot Line." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-036, July 2014.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Allison, Graham. "Vladimir Putin's Dicey Dilemma: Russia Stands at a Fateful Fork in the Road." National Interest. November 11, 2014.
    • Allison, Graham. "Just How Likely Is Another World War?" The Atlantic. July 14, 2014.
    • Allison, Graham. "Could the Ukraine Crisis Spark a World War?" National Interest. May 7, 2014.
    • Allison, Graham. "The Step We Still Haven't Taken to Create a Nuke-Free World." The Atlantic. March 23, 2014.

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