Washington Can Work: Celebrating Twenty Years With Zero Nuclear Terrorism
The Huffington Post
December 29, 2011
Op-ed by: Graham Allison, Belfer Center director
Topic: Loose nuclear weapons
“As Washington antics undermine our confidence in government, it is instructive to think back 20 years to challenges a President and Congress faced in December, 1991. President George H. W. Bush was finishing the 3rd year of his first term, exhausted by the international avalanche that began shortly after he took office. First the Berlin Wall came down, the Warsaw Pact disintegrated, Saddam invaded Kuwait, and the President mobilized 500,000 American troops to lead a coalition to victory in Desert Storm. A year before he would stand for reelection, the U.S. economy was in recession and the Soviet Union was on the brink of collapse. President Bush and his key advisors wanted nothing more than to get out of town for a well-deserved vacation break.”
Allison also wrote “Christmas gift to America 20 years ago – a Russia to be thankful for,” which was published by the Christian Science Monitor on December 25, 2011.