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HKS in the News March 14, 2012

1. Seoul not free from nuke terrorism (Allison) The Korea Times

2. Delegate System Gives Small States Outsize Clout at Convention (Kamarck) The New York Times

3. Israeli Security Personnel Detain 55 Harvard Students in West Bank The Harvard Crimson


Seoul not free from nuke terrorism

The Korea Times

March 14

Quoted: Graham Allison, Belfer Center

Topic: Nuclear proliferation

This story was also covered in the Yonhap News Agency

Terrorist attacks around the world have given Koreans a sense of urgency to take global measures to thwart possible strikes. Yet few people here think such an event could actually occur on Korean soil.

North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons and repeated warnings of turning Seoul into a “sea of fire” have also fallen short of making them feel threatened. …

“I would say it (nuclear terrorism) is not impossible,” Graham Allison, professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, said in an interview with The Korea Times in Seoul, Tuesday. “How could a (nuclear) bomb explode in Seoul? I think it would come from North Korea or would come through a covered mechanism.” He defined nuclear terrorism as the “single biggest threat to international security.”

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Delegate System Gives Small States Outsize Clout at Convention

The New York Times

March 13

Quoted: Elaine Kamarck, Belfer Center

Topic: Delegate voting system

One person, one vote is not a concept that either party pays much heed to when it comes to nominating candidates for president — as was vividly underscored Tuesday by the seemingly outsize number of delegates that were at stake in the Alabama and Mississippi Republican primaries. …

Elaine C. Kamarck , a lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard who has been on the Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee and has served as a superdelegate, said that while the extra weight given to the most partisan states has had little impact in past elections, it could play a role in a tight race.

“Once you are in a delegate race, once you don’t have an early knockout, then everything matters,” said Ms. Kamarck, the author of “Primary Politics: How Presidential Candidates Have Shaped the Modern Nominating System.” “The allocation of delegates matters, the distribution of the delegates across the states matter, who’s going to win more Congressional districts matters.”

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Israeli Security Personnel Detain 55 Harvard Students in West Bank

The Harvard Crimson

March 13

Mentioned: Harvard Kennedy School students

Topic: Trip to West Bank

Israeli border security personnel placed 55 Harvard students in police custody Tuesday during a trip to al-Walaja, a Palestinian town in the West Bank, which was organized by students at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Shireen Al-Araj, the students’ guide and a coordinator of al-Walaja’s local Popular Committee Against the Wall, was arrested by police and released after the incident, according to a trip participant, an organizer, and a photographer who witnessed the arrest.

No charges were levied against anyone involved in the Harvard trip.

The students’ bus was boarded by armed Israeli military personnel and the riders were told that the road they were traveling on was a military zone, according to one of the trip’s organizers.

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Broadcast Notes

Graham Allison, Belfer Center
WABC “John Batchelor,” 3/10
Topic: Russia


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