Daniel Benjamin

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. 

Trump Is ‘Flabbergastingly Ignorant’ on Counterterrorism

June 14, 2016  |  Time

Director of the Dickey Center Daniel Benjamin writes in Time magazine about Donald Trump's "isolationist, ally-bashing candidacy" for the presidency. 

"Set aside, for the moment, that disgust at his relentless self-congratulation, the baldfaced untruths and unceasing pettiness, and ask the question: What would the election of Donald Trump mean for the fight against jihadist terrorism. One answer might be: Who the hell knows?"...

"If one can get past the racism and blatant disregard for the Constitution, the remarkable thing is how flabbergastingly ignorant Trump is about contemporary terrorism and counterterrorism," Benjamin writes. 

Read the entire article. 

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 Director Comments on the Paris Attacks

Following the November 14th attacks on Paris, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin and Senior Fellow Steven Simon penned an op-ed for the New York Times considering whether a similar attack could happen on U.S. soil. After the op-ed appeared, Benjamin participated in a number of interviews discussing the French and international response and potential next steps for countering the Islamic State. Benjamin's appearances and interviews can be viewed at the links below: 

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin Testifies on U.S.-Syria Strategy

On September 29th Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin provided testimony to the U.S. House of Representative's Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. The topic of the hearing was: "U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts in Syria: A Winning Strategy?" In testimony he submitted, Benjamin wrote: 

In Syria today, there is no shortage of reasons to be dispirited. But I am persuaded that what we require above all is strategic patience and perseverance. We learned all too painfully in Iraq the costs of haste. I strongly believe that we have the time and tools to reduce the danger of terrorist attack, and that we will benefit from a strategy that is careful, deliberate and cognizant of all the technologies and political trends that will help us.

The full text of his statement can be read here. And the video of the hearing can be viewed here.

The King and ISIS

September 10, 2015  

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin writes in the journal Foreign Policy about the seemingly contradictory alliance between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Why hasn't the U.S. pressed Saudi Arabia more strongly to curb it's support for extremism? 

Benjamin writes, "Wahhabism has been a devastating invasive species in Islam’s enormous ecosystem — it’s the zebra mussel, the Asian Tiger mosquito, and the emerald ash borer wrapped into one."

Read the entire article at Foreign Policy online.

 

Benjamin: Schumer's Unconvincing Pose

August 12, 2015

The New York Daily News published Dickey Center Director Dan Benjamin's analysis of what he calls Schumer's "seriously flawed" explanation for opposing the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran.

"The Iranians would take a Congressional-led rejection of the pact as proof that Washington could not deliver an acceptable deal, and they would walk away – likely pressing ahead on their nuclear program, but without any international oversight or inspections," writes Benjamin.

Read his entire opinion at the The New York Daily News.

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