Security

Phil Klay '05 Wins National Book Award

Phil Klay '05 has won the National Book Award for his collection of short stories on soldiers' experiences in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Redeployment. Klay was on campus on October 23rd and 24th. He gave a reading for the English Department's Poetry and Prose series on the 23rd. On the 24th, Klay participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Dickey Center's War and Peace Studies program, "America and Iraq: Past, Present and Future." Joining Klay on the panel were the Government Department's Professor Bill Wohlforth and Visiting Professor Steven Simon. Professor Ben Valentino, Faculty Coordinator for the War and Peace Studies program, moderated.  The video of the panel is available for viewing on the Center's YouTube channel

Read more about Klay's award on Dartmouth Now.

 

Daniel Benjamin on the Threat from ISIS

Update (10/21/14). Read in Dartmouth Now how Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has become a regular contributor with the international news media, and his ability to draw visiting experts to Dartmouth.  

As discussion of the threat from the so-called Islamic State, also called ISIS or ISIL, became a critical topic of concern in Washington, DC, it was also discussed by the news media. As former counter terrorism coordinator for the Obama Administration, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has been a reliable source about threats in the region as well as the level of threat posed to the US. 

Atrocities Early Warning System

October 3, 2014  |  Dartmouth Now

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., plans to unveil a first-of-its-kind Atrocities Early Warning System early next year. The system is a public web project organized in collaboration with Dartmouth government professor Benjamin Valentino and designed by students in the College’s DALI Lab.

Ex-CIA Official Talks Security

October 1, 2014

The Valley News reported today on a discussion last night in Cook Auditorium at Dartmouth between Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin and Michael Morell, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. They covered a number of international issues from the complexities of the Syrian conflict to the threat of ebola. 

Read the entire article in the Valley News.  A video of the discussion will be available soon. 

What Threat Does ISIS Pose to the Homeland?

In interviews with several major news organizations, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin questioned the rhetoric of the media and some politicians and members of President Obama's administration regarding the threat posed by the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to the U.S. homeland.  

In the September 10th New York Times Benjamin noted, "It’s hard to imagine a better indication of the ability of elected officials and TV talking heads to spin the public into a panic, with claims that the nation is honeycombed with sleeper cells, that operatives are streaming across the border into Texas or that the group will soon be spraying Ebola virus on mass transit systems — all on the basis of no corroborated information."

How Should the US Respond to Sotloff's Killing?

September 3, 2014

In an interview with Judy Woodruff of the PBS Newshour Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin talks about the appropriate response to the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff.  

"I think that the key thing right now is not to react instantly to try to get some retaliation for this really barbaric attack, but rather to get the strategy right, to get the partners brought in, and to ensure, of course, that the Iraqis themselves continue to move towards inclusiveness and towards working together against a common threat,” says Benjamin, who is a former counter terrorism official in the Obama administration.

Listen to the entire interview on PBS with former National Security Council staff Lt. Col. Douglas Ollivant (Ret.), former State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Benjamin.

What Level of Threat Does ISIS Pose to the US?

August 18, 2014

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin talks to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC about ISIS and the threat to Iraq and Syria, and the challenge of arming individual Iraqi and Kurdish factions to fight them. He also discusses the overheated rhetoric coming out of Washington about ISIS as a threat to the US.

Watch the entire discussion on MSNBC.

Hawks Exaggerate Islamic State Threat to the US (Boston Globe)

August 17, 2014

In an opinion piece in the Boston Globe, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin cautions that politicians in Washington and the press are exaggerating the direct threat to the United States from the group calling itself the Islamic State, or ISIS. 

"The danger to Iraq and its neighbors is real. The Islamic State has shown itself to be a formidable insurgency. Its focus is on ripping apart Iraq and Syria, sowing sectarian conflict, and creating in its midst a new jihadist state or caliphate . . .  But, for now, it’s important to understand that even if marauding operatives in Land Cruisers may be humiliating Iraq’s hollowed-out military, that doesn’t mean they have genuine terrorist skills," Benjamin writes.

Read the entire article in the Boston Globe

Professor of Government
Daniel Webster Professor

A member of the Government Department’s faculty since 2000, I teach and conduct research on international relations, with an emphasis on international security and foreign policy. Before coming here, I taught at Princeton and Georgetown. I graduated with a degree in international relations from Beloit College, worked as a legislative aid in the U.S. House of Representatives and did my graduate work at Yale University, earning an MA in interntional relations and PhD in Political Science. My personal website has all the details on current research and teaching.

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Curriculum Vitae Personal Website
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Department:
Government
Russian
Center:
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
Education:
B.A. Beloit College
M.A. Yale University
M.Phil. Yale University
Ph.D. Yale University

Selected Publications

The Oxford Handbook of International Security (Oxford: forthcoming January 2018), edited, with Alexndra Gheciu

“An Abiding Antagonism: realism, idealism, and the mirage of US-Russian partnership in the end of the Cold War” (with Vladislav Zubok),  International Politics (published online May 2017).

Is US Grand Strategy Self Defeating? Deep Engagement, Military Spending and Sovereign Debt,” with Carla Norrlof.  Forthcoming in Conflict Management and Peace Science (published online November 2016)

America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century (Oxford, 2016) (with S. G. Brooks)

“The Once and Future Superpower: Why China Won’t Overtake the United States” Foreign Affairs March-April 2016, 91-104.  (with S.G. Brooks)

"The Rise and Fall of Great Powers in the 21st Century: China’s Rise and the Fate of America’s Global Position,” International Security 40, No. 3 (Winter 2015-16), pp. 7-53. With S. G. Brooks.

“Nation Building Through War,” American Political Science Review Vol. 109, No. 2 May 2015, 279-296. with Nicholas Sambanis and Stergios Skaperdas.

Status in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2014) edited with T.V. Paul and Deborah Larson)

“Lean Forward: In Defense of American Engagement,” Foreign Affairs Jan-Feb 2013, pp. 130-142.  With S.G. Brooks and G. J. Ikenberry.

“Don’t Come Home, America: The Case Against Retrenchment,” International Security 37/3 (Winter 2012-13): 7-51.  With S.G. Brooks and G. J. Ikenberry.

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Works in Progress

“From raison d’état to raison d’hégémon: the costs and benefits of hegemony” with Carla Norrlof, under review.

 

“External Intervention, Identity, and Civil War” with Skaperdas and Sambanis, under review.

 “Money and Power Revisited: Military Power, Deep Engagement, and Global Finance,” with Carla Norrlof.

"The Social Dimension of Status and Its Limits: Good States and Moral Authority in International Relations" with B de Carvhalo, I.B. Neumann and H. Leira, under review.

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