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."  His forthcoming book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?, will be published in May 2017.

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:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Allison, Graham, and Niall Ferguson. "Past Is Prologue." Hoover Digest: Research & Opinion on Public Policy 1 (Winter 2017): 175-179.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Allison, Graham. "Trump Year One: Place Your Bets." Politico. January 31, 2017.
    • Allison, Graham T., and Simes, Dimitri K. "Trump and Russia." National Interest. January/February 2017, 25-34.
    • 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. Sep/Oct 2016.
    • 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. September 2016.
    • Allison, Graham. "Of Course China, Like All Great Powers, Will Ignore an International Legal Verdict." Diplomat. July 11, 2016.
    • 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.

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