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Benjamin Testfies on The Future of Counter-Terrorism Strategy

December 1, 2016  

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin testified before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 1, 2017, on "The Future of Counter-Terrorism Strategy." He was joined by The Honorable Juan C. Zarate, Chairman And Co-Founder, The Financial Integrity Network.

Watch the Senate hearing.

Giuliani Took Money From a Group That Killed Americans. Does Trump Care?

November 23, 2017  |  POLITICO

POLITICO features an article by Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin on possible Secretary of State nominee Rudy Giuliani's (and many others') connection to the Iranian resistance group Mujahidin e-Khalq (MeK).

Perhaps the best known MeK votary is none other than former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, reported to be on the shortlists for Trump’s secretary of state and director of national intelligence, whose ties to the group have resurfaced as the press examines the numerous possible conflicts of interest created by his international business activities. The MeK has paid Giuliani handsomely for years—$20,000 or more, and possibly a lot more—for brief appearances before the group and for lobbying to have it removed from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO), which occurred in 2012.

Read the entire article in POLITICO MAGAZINE.

Donald Trump Is Dangerously Wrong on the Immigration-Terror Link

September 1, 2016  |  TIME

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin co-authored a piece in TIME on Donald Trump's efforts to connect terrorism and immigration:

Americans who have been buffeted by Trump’s torrential negativism and 24-7 cable coverage of horrors from all corners of the earth shouldn’t buy this dim view of our immigration system—because it simply isn’t true.

The most obvious counter to Trump’s narrative is to note that not a single terrorism-related death since 9/11 was caused by foreign operatives coming into the country to cause violence—from Fort Hood to Orlando, the killings were all caused by citizens and green card holders. 

Read the entire article in TIME, co-authored with Betsy Cooper, who served as an attorney in the Department of Homeland Security. Note: Benjamin's name has been inadvertently deleted as the co-author. 

The Democratization of Terror

July 15, 2016  |  Time

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin's recent piece in TIME follows up on the vicious Bastille Day attack in Nice. Benjamin explains the spread of the "democratization of terror." 

"Now, indeed, you don’t even need to be a card-carrying member of a terror organization. Mere inspiration from the late Yemeni cleric Anwar Awlaki, who pioneered the call for individual acts of terror whenever and wherever, or from ISIS, which amplified that appeal a hundred fold, suffices," he writes.

Read the entire article

 

 

Who Is Responsible for the Terror Attack in Nice?

July 15, 2016  |  Bloomberg News

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin talks to Vonnie Quinn and Shery Ahn of "Bloomberg Markets" about the terror attack in Nice, France, in which a man used a truck to kill over 80 people.

Benjamin explains his reference to the "democratization of violence" in which people can carry out attacks without complicated planning. The changing form of violence can be perpetrated by a single attacker, including what he refers to as a "stabbing intifada" in Israel and use of assault weapons in the US. "This is going to really test law enforcement and intelligence authorities for quite some time to come," he says. 

Watch the entire video interview.

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin on the Attacks in Brussels

In the wake of the ISIS-sponsored terror attacks in Brussels, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has been called upon to provide insight on the future of terror in Europe and the United States, and what can be done to prevent future attacks. Benjamin has appeared on the following programs and wrote a piece for Politico Magazine, "Is America Next?" published on March 22nd.

Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth ’61

The Dickey Center mourns the passing of Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth ’61, one of the nation’s most distinguished diplomats and chairman of the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees, (1996-1999) and Emeriti Trustee (1992-2002).

Steve Bosworth served as the United States’ ambassador in Tunisia, South Korea and the Philippines, where he played a pivotal role in pressing Ferdinand Marcos to step down, ushering in a new era of democratic governance in the country. Bosworth held many other positions at the State Department including Special Representative for North Korea Policy during the first Obama Administration. An outstanding scholar of international relations, he served as dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University 2001-2013 and held positions at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Stanford. He was the author of several studies, numerous articles and Bosworth co-wrote Chasing the Sun: Rethinking East Asian Policy Since 1992 (2006) with Morton Abramowitz. 

Dickey Center Director Discusses the Attack in San Bernardino

In light of the recent attack on a San Bernardino County (CA) Department of Health event (12/4/15) by a couple with ties to radical Islam, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin appeared in the media to discuss: terrorism, home-grown terrorism, the Obama Administration's approach to preventing terrorist attacks and halting the spread of terrorism, and the response by some Republican Presidential candidates to the recent attacks. 

On December 7th, Benjamin appeared on: 

  • BBC World News with Katty Kay (the video is posted to the Dickey Center's YouTube channel)
  • CCTV News (China Central Television)

Dickey Director Testifies on Iran's Revolutionary Guard

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on December 2, 2015. The topic of the hearing was: "Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: Fueling Middle East Turmoil." Benjamin's statement can be read here. In his statement, he closes with four main points (condensed below) on "the issue of whether the United States is postured to deter and prevent increased subversive and terrorist actions by Iran."

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