dean of Harvard's modern John F. Kennedy School
of Government and Director of the Belfer
Center for Science and International Affairs, Graham Allison
has for three decades been a leading analyst of U.S. national
security and defense policy with a special interest in terrorism.
He served as Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense under
President Reagan and as Assistant Secretary of Defense in the
first Clinton Administration, during which Dr. Allison received
the Defense Department's highest civilian award, the Defense
Medal for Distinguished Public Service, for "reshaping relations
with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan to reduce the
former Soviet nuclear arsenal." This resulted in the safe return
of more than 12,000 tactical nuclear weapons from the former
Soviet republics and the complete elimination of more than 4,000
strategic nuclear warheads previously targeted at the U.S. and
left in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus when the Soviet Union
of BCSIA, Dr. Allison has assembled a team of more than two dozen
leading scholars and practitioners of national security to analyze
terrorism in its multiple dimensions. Dr. Allison was the organizer
of the Commission
on America's National Interests (1996
that included leading Senators and national security specialists
from across the country (former Senator Sam Nunn, Senators John
McCain, Bob Graham, and Pat Roberts, Condoleezza Rice, Richard Armitage,
Robert Ellsworth, and others).
work highlighted the threat of mega-terrorism as a major challenge
to American national interest. Senator Roberts credited the work
of the Commission as inspiration in his creating a Subcommittee
on Emerging Threats of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
is also a leading analyst of Russia and its transformation to democracy
and market economy as well as an authority on the threat of loose
nukes and weapons of mass destruction. He has written numerous articles
and op-eds in the foremost journals and newspapers and is a sought-after
speaker and commentator.
is the author of Essence
of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis, among the
bestselling political science books since its initial publication
over three decades ago. His newest book Nuclear
Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe was published
by Times Books in August 2004.