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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." His forthcoming book, Destined for
War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?, will be
published in May 2017.
Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy, and the Press
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Selected Publication Citations:
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. "Trump Year One: Place Your Bets."
Politico. January 31, 2017.
Allison, Graham. "A Blueprint for Donald Trump to Fix Relations
with Russia." The National Interest. December 18, 2016.
Allison, Graham. "Deterring ISIS." The National Interest.
Allison, Graham. "Why ISIS Fears Israel." The National
Interest. August 8, 2016.
Allison, Graham, and Niall Ferguson. "Why the President Needs a
Council of Historians." The Atlantic. August 4, 2016.
Allison, Graham. "Don't Know Much About History." Atlantic.
Allison, Graham. "Of Course China, Like All Great Powers, Will
Ignore an International Legal Verdict." Diplomat. July 11,
Allison, Graham, and William Tobey. "Could There be a Terrorist
Fukushima?" New York Times. April 4, 2016.
Allison, Graham. "Is Iran Still Israel's Top Threat?"
Atlantic. March 8, 2016.
Allison, Graham. "Fear Death from Tree Limbs, not Terrorists."
Boston Globe. February 19, 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.