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 Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Book Chapters
    • Allison, Graham. "How Fragile is the Global Nuclear Order?" Influencing Tomorrow. Ed. Douglas Alexander and Ian Kearns. Guardian Books, 2013.
    • Allison, Graham. "Iran: A Bomb or Be Bombed?" The Arab Revolutions and American Policy. Ed. Nicholas Burns and Jonathon Price. Aspen Strategy Group, 2013.
  • Books
    • Allison, Graham, Robert D. Blackwill, and Ali Wyne. Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World. MIT Press, 2013.
  • Commentary
    • Allison, Graham. "'Star Wars' Today: What Would Reagan Do?" Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2013.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Allison, Graham. "The Red-Zone Theory of the Iran Nuclear Deal." Atlantic Monthly. November 27, 2013.
    • Allison, Graham. "Beyond Airstrikes: On Syria, Ask 'What Would the Godfather Do?'." Atlantic Monthly. September 9, 2013.
    • Allison, Graham. "Will Iran Get a Bomb—or Be Bombed Itself—This Year?" Atlantic Monthly. August 1, 2013.
    • Allison, Graham, and Robert Blackwill. "Will China Ever Be No. 1?" Foreign Policy. February 16, 2013.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Blechman, Barry M., Gordon Adams, Graham Allison, Michael J. Bayer, General B.B. Bell, Richard K. Betts, Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., alia. "Strategic Agility: Strong National Defense for Today’s Global and Fiscal Realities." Stimson Report, 2013.