In government, the academy, private sector and journalism, Juliette Kayyem has served as a national leader in America’s homeland security efforts. Kayyem is founder of one of the few female-owned security businesses and has spent more than 15 years managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government.
Most recently, she was President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Before that, she was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor. She has also served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, a legal advisor to US Attorney General Janet Reno, and a trial attorney and counselor in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. She is a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and has authored several books on homeland security.
A long-standing CNN security analyst, she was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2013 for her columns in the Boston Globe. She is a board or advisory member of Mass Inc., the Boston 2024 Olympic Committee, the Red Cross of MA, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2014, Kayyem was a Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and the mother of three children, she is married to First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David Barron. Her memoir, Security Mom: Terrorists, Hurricanes, Oil Spills and Other Bedtime Stories, will be published by Simon and Shuster in 2016.
Unprepared For The Rising SeaIn the coming decades, humanity will be forced to respond to the devastating consequences of global climate change, and on the front lines of that response will be the United States Coast Guard. But are we prepared? In this episode of The SCIF, Juliette speaks with Admiral Paul Zukunft, the commandant of the US Coast Guard, about the Coast Guard's role in keeping America safe today, and our lack of preparation for the enormous emerging threats posed by a melting Arctic, rising sea levels, and more powerful storm systems.
China v. America: Avoiding The War That Nobody WantsIs war with China inevitable? While the Peloponnesian War may have taken place a quarter millennia ago, there are striking parallels between the forces that drove Athens and Sparta towards conflict and the modern Sino-American geopolitical dynamic. In this episode, Juliette speaks with Harvard Kennedy School Professor Graham Allison, author of "Destined For War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" to learn more about how these "great powers" conflicts get started, and most importantly, how they can be avoided entirely.
Trump, The EnablerAt the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, President Donald Trump came face-to-face with Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the first time since his election. In this edition of The SCIF, Juliette discusses her theory that Trump’s words and actions may make it easier for the Russians to sabotage the 2018 and 2020 elections.
Following The Lone Wolf: The Path To Online RadicalizationFollowing a string of attacks carried out by so-called "lone wolf" terrorists, Juliette digs into the issue of online self-radicalization and what can be done to prevent it. Her left-of-boom discussion with Tara Maller of the Counter Extremism Project exposes how groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda recruit would-be terrorists, and why social media services like Facebook, Twitter, and Google's Youtube have failed to keep their platforms free of terrorist propaganda.
One Year Later, Lessons From the Pulse Nightclub ShootingOn the anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, Juliette hosts a "Right of Boom" discussion with Orlando's Mayor Buddy Dyer, recounting his experiences during and after the attack, and identifying lessons that other leaders can use should they face a similar crisis in the future.
Five Takeaways From Comey's TestimonyFormer FBI Director James Comey's public hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee certainly lived up to its considerable hype, leaving plenty for the public to dissect and analyze. In this episode of The SCIF, Juliette offers her five key takeaways, giving context to Comey's statements, explaining what this means for the larger Russia investigation, and perhaps most importantly, reading between the lines on what was left unsaid.