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Graham Allison: I am More Worried about a Nuclear Attack Today than I was on 9/11

  • Thu, Sep 11 2008
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    • Graham Allison
    • Trudy Rubin

The following are excerpts from a series of interviews with some of the country’s top terrorism experts conducted by Trudy Rubin, Worldview columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer in conjunction with the July 2008 volume of The Annals, “Terrorism, What the Next President Will Face.”  This interview is with Graham Allison, who was special editor of a related Annals issue in September 2006 entitled “Confronting the Specter of Nuclear Terrorism.”  Allison is the director of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and author of “Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe.”   Trudy Rubin: Let me start by saying that you have…

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Richard A. Clarke: Steps the Next President Can Take to Reduce the Threat of Terrorism

  • Wed, Sep 10 2008
    • Richard A. Clarke and Trudy Rubin

The following are excerpts from a series of interviews with some of the country's top terrorism experts conducted by Trudy Rubin, Worldview columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer in conjunction with the July 2008 volume of The Annals,Terrorism: What the Next President Will Face.” This interview is with Richard Clarke, national coordinator for security and counterterrorism for Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush and author of Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror, and Your Government Failed You: Breaking the Cycle of National Security Disasters. Trudy Rubin: You write in The Annals about the need to diagnose the problem of terrorism correctly. Let me go back in history…

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Bruce Riedel: We need to make the war against al Qaeda Pakistan's war, not just America's war.

  • Wed, Sep 10 2008
    • Bruce Reidel and Trudy Rubin

The following are excerpts from a series of interviews with some of the country’s top terrorism experts conducted by Trudy Rubin, the Worldview columnist for thePhiladelphia Inquirer in conjunction with the July 2008 volume of The Annals on “Terrorism: What the Next President Will Face.”  This interview is with Bruce Riedel, a senior advisor on Middle East and South Asian issues to the last three US presidents, who was in the White House situation room during the 9/11 attacks.  He is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of “The Search for al Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future.” 
Trudy Rubin: …

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Confronting the Specter of Nuclear Terrorism

  • Mon, Aug 21 2006
    • Graham Allison

 At the most recent G8 summit in St. Petersburg, President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement that focused on "the devastation that could befall our people and the world community if nuclear weapons or materials or other weapons of mass destruction were to fall into the hands of terrorists."  These words echo the conclusion of the essays in the special volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science I edited: Nuclear terrorism represents the major threat to American national security and international security today. The essays raise several…

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Intelligence and the Persistent Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

  • Sun, Aug 6 2006
    • Micah Zenko

 In a recent sweeping assessment of the terrorist threats facing the United States, Evan Thomas ofNewsweek revealed a chilling story about the possibility of a nuclear terrorist attack just weeks after 9/11:  "Authorities in Pennsylvania received a frightening tip from an FBI office overseas: terrorists had a nuclear device on a train somewhere between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia...The information, while terrifying, turned out to be bogus. Within a day it had been traced back to a conversation between two men overheard at a urinal in Ukraine. Characteristically, some time later, Bush made a mordant joke of the…

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