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NPR: Graham Allison '62: “The U.S. Has No Dog In The Fight In Syria."

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Graham Allison '62 and Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department Shelley Rigger participate in a panel discussion during the 2012 Reunion.

Graham Allison '62, who majored in history at Davidson, is director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, correctly predicted Kim Jong Il's nuclear weapons test, in his 2004 book Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe. In a 2006 interview with the Davidson Journal, he predicted likewise unhappy results for nuclear terrorism policy.

Allison appeared on this week's broadcast of NPR's debate show "Intelligence Squared U.S.," debating for the motion, "The U.S. Has No Dog In The Fight In Syria."

"Before the debate," reported NPR, "the audience at the Aspen Institute in Colorado voted 40 percent in favor of the motion and 28 percent against, with 32 percent undecided. After the experts faced off, those watching voted 61 percent in support of the idea that the ‘U.S. has no dog in the fight in Syria,' while 33 percent were against – making the team arguing for the motion the winners."

Read the transcript or listen to the NPR broadcast.