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 been awarded the Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, twice: 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:

  • Commentary
    • Allison, Graham. "The Key to Henry Kissinger's Success." Atlantic, November 27, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "U.S.-Russia Relations: What Would Henry Kissinger Do?" National Interest, September 28, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?" Atlantic, September 24, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "Iran Deal Keeps Our Military Options Open." The Boston Globe, August 5, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "Singapore Challenges the Idea that Democracy is the Best Form of Governance." World Post, August 5, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "9 Reasons to Support the Iran Deal." Atlantic, August 4, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "4 Myths About the Iran Sanctions." National Interest, July 10, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "A Point-by-Point Response to the Iran Deal's Critics." Atlantic, July 8, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "Assessing an Iran Deal: 5 Big Lessons from History." National Interest, July 7, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "Is America Fulfilling Its NPT Commitment?" National Interest, May 22, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "A Nuclear Nightmare, Averted." Atlantic, May 22, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "Fidel Castro at Harvard: How History Might Have Changed." Boston Globe, April 25, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "The Iran Nuclear Deal, By The Numbers." Atlantic, April 3, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "The Lee Kuan Yew Conundrum." Atlantic, March 30, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "Lee Kuan Yew: The Sage of Asia." Caixin, March 28, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "The Sayings of Lee Kuan Yew, the Sage of Singapore." Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2015.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Allison, Graham. "Deterring ISIS." The National Interest. Sep/Oct 2016.
    • Allison, Graham. "Don't Know Much About History." Atlantic. September 2016.
    • Allison, Graham. "Lee Kuan Yew: Lessons for Leaders from Asia's Grand Master." CNN.com. March 28, 2015.
    • Allison, Graham. "Iran Already Has Nuclear Weapons Capability." Foreign Policy. March 3, 2015.
  • Public Testimony
    • Allison, Graham. "China, the U.S., and the Asia-Pacific." Senate Committee on Armed Services, April 14, 2015.

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