Contributors | Power & Policy


Graham AllisonGraham T. Allison
Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Since the 1970s, Graham Allison has been a leading analyst of U.S. national security and defense policy, with a special interest in nuclear proliferation and terrorism. He served as assistant secretary of defense in the Clinton Administration, and was a longtime member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board.  He is the founding dean of the modern Kennedy School. Full bio >

Nicholas Burns

R. Nicholas Burns
Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School

Nicholas Burns is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for programs on the Middle East, and on India and South Asia. He served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008, leading the effort to reshape U.S. relations with India. Previously, he was U.S. Ambassador to NATO. Full Bio >

Richard ClarkeRichard A. Clarke
Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center
Richard Clarke, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, served the last three presidents as a senior White House adviser. He has held the titles of Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs; National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism; and Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security. Full bio >

Steven MillerSteven E. Miller
Director, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Steven E. Miller is editor in chief of the quarterly journal International Security and also co-editor of the International Security Program’s book series, Belfer Center Studies in International Security (which is published by the MIT Press). A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Miller is co-chair of the Committee on International Security Studies, and co-directs the Academy’s Project on the Global Nuclear Future. Full bio >

Joseph NyeJoseph S. Nye, Jr.
Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is Dean Emeritus of the Kennedy School. He joined the Harvard Faculty in 1964. He developed the theory of neoliberalism, and the concepts of soft power and smart power. He served as chairman of the National Intelligence Council in 1993-94 and was assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs in the Clinton Administration.  Full bio >

Meghan O'SullivanMeghan O’Sullivan
Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Meghan L. O’Sullivan was deputy national security adviser to President George W. Bush on Iraq and Afghanistan. Previously she served in the Office of Policy and Planning in the State Department, where she developed the smart sanctions policy for Secretary Colin Powell. Her areas of research include nation-building, counterinsurgency, the geopolitics of energy, decision making in foreign policy, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Full bio >

Monica ToftMonica Duffy Toft
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Monica Duffy Toft is director of the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs at the Kennedy School. A former Army sergeant, Toft conducts research on international relations, religion, nationalism and ethnic conflict, civil and interstate wars, the relationship between demography and national security, and military and strategic planning. Full bio >

Stephen WaltStephen M. Walt
Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Stephen M. Walt has been a Resident Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, and a consultant for the Institute of Defense Analyses, the Center for Naval Analyses, and the National Defense University. A former academic dean of the Kennedy School, Walt is a leading thinker on political realism; he developed the balance of threat theory in the 1980s to explain changing global alliances as the Cold War was coming to an end. Full bio >

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