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Graham Allison

Graham Allison is the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and the author of Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe.
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Can North Korea Drag the US and China Into War?

September 11, 2017 Amid the exchange of threats between North Korea and the United States, ongoing North Korean nuclear and missile tests, and U.S. talk of “all options,” there is growing concern about the real possibility of war with North Korea. What many have not yet reckoned with is an even darker specter....

The North Korean Threat Beyond ICBMs

August 29, 2017 From the moment that President Barack Obama told President-elect Donald Trump during the transition about the impending threat of North Korean nuclear-tipped ICBMs, Trump’s basic stance has been: not on my watch. From his tweet of January 2 (“won’t happen!”) to his August statements that the U.S. military is “locked...

The North Korean Threat Beyond ICBMs

August 29, 2017 From the moment that President Barack Obama told President-elect Donald Trump during the transition about the impending threat of North Korean nuclear-tipped ICBMs, Trump’s basic stance has been: not on my watch. From his tweetof January 2 (“won’t happen!”) to his August statements that the U.S. military is “locked and...

What Xi Jinping Wants

June 1, 2017 What does China’s President Xi Jinping want? Four years before Donald Trump became president, Xi became the leader of China and announced an epic vision to, in effect, “make China great again”—calling for “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” Xi is so convinced he will succeed in this quest...

9 Reasons the Iran Deal Makes Sense

August 4, 2015 Having carefully reviewed the lengthy and complex agreement negotiated by the United States and its international partners with Iran, I have reached the following conclusion: If I were a member of Congress, I would vote yes on the deal. Here are nine reasons why. 1) No one has identified a...

Why the Best Arguments Against an Iran Deal Are All Wrong

July 8, 2015 Diplomats are extending Iran nuclear negotiations into overtime this week, and American lawmakers are preparing for mandatory congressional review. As they decide whether to vote yes or no on a possible deal, they should remember the sage advice of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who observed that the “most common...

What a Major Arms Control Treaty Teaches Us About the Iran Deal

May 26, 2015 This week, with little fanfare, one of the world’s key restraints on the spread of nuclear weapons came under scrutiny, as a month-long review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) concluded at the United Nations. Negotiated over the 1960s, the NPT was signed in 1968 and became international law in 1970....

The Iran Nuclear Deal, in 3 Charts

April 3, 2015 To assess the impact of the accord that the United States and its partners reached with Iranon Thursday, it is useful to start with five bottom lines. To what questions are 15,000, 12,000, 10, 5, and 0 the answers? 15,000 is the number of pounds of low-enriched uranium that would...

Iran's 'Boots on the Ground' in Iraq Could Backfire on US Interests

October 27, 2014 President Obama’s strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS has become the target of heated criticism, not only from partisan opponents but from many of his supporters as well. Categorically ruling out American boots on the ground, while subcontracting the bloody job of house-to-house fighting to the Iraqi military, Free...

Don't Worry, the Next World War Is Not Upon Us...Yet

July 31, 2014 A century ago this month, Europeans stood on the brink of a war so devastating that it forced historians to create a new category: “World War.” None of the leaders at the time could imagine the wasteland they would inhabit four years later. By 1918, each had lost what he...