Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service presents a discussion on the "World at Risk" report and recommendations. Featuring, WMD Commissioners, Jim Talent and Graham Allison- Georgetown University
Graham T. Allison
Graham T. Allison is Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. From 1977 to 1989 Allison served as Dean of the Kennedy School. In the first term of the Clinton administration, Allison served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans, where he coordinated Department of Defense strategy and policy toward Russia, Ukraine, and the other states of the former Soviet Union. He is also a commissioner for the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.
His publication Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis was recently released in an updated and revised second edition and ranks among the best-sellers in political science with more than 350,000 copies in print. Other publications include Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy: Containing the Threat of Loose Russian Nuclear Weapons and Fissile Material, Realizing Human Rights: From Inspiration to Impact, and Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe.
Jim Talent is an American politician and former Senator from Missouri. He is a Republican and resided in the St. Louis area while serving in elected office. Talent identifies with the conservative wing of the Republican party.
After serving for eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives and then working as a lobbyist, Talent was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, narrowly defeating Democrat Jean Carnahan in a special election to complete the term to which Carnahan's husband, Mel, had been elected posthumously in 2000.
In November 2006, Talent lost his re-election bid to Claire McCaskill, 50% to 47%. Talent served as a senior advisor to Mitt Romney's 2008 Presidential campaign , and a fellow with the Heritage Foundation. Talent is also Vice-Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.