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Who Told Michael Flynn to Call Russia?

February 14, 2017  |  POLITICO

Writing in POLITICO online, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin says, "Let’s stop focusing on the resignation, and start focusing on the real issue here: The mystery of Trump’s Russia ties."

Hours after national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid reports that he misled top officials about his pre-inauguration talks with the Russian ambassador, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to encourage everyone to move on. “The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?” he tweeted out Tuesday morning.

In a sense, Trump is right: The real story is not Flynn. But it isn’t government leaks, either. No, the “real story here” is Trump himself—and the continuing mystery of his ties to Russia.

Read the entire article in POLITICO

Trump Is Spreading Racism — Not Fighting Terrorism

February 3, 2017  |  Time

Writing in Time magazine, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin enumerates the basic precepts of counterterrorism, and identifies ways the Trump White House has not followed them. 

In composing and implementing its executive order “Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Entry into the United States,” Donald Trump’s White House has shown a disregard for — or ignorance of — these precepts that is breathtaking.... To put it bluntly: Trump’s Executive Order has nothing to do with counterterrorism.

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The Disastrous Consequences of Trump’s New Immigration Rules

January 27, 2017  |  POLITICO

"With the stroke of a pen, the president has seriously jeopardized America’s safety and standing," writes Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin in POLITICO, referring to the order calling for a temporary ban on visas for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia; a 120-day suspension of the resettlemetn of all refugees; and a ban on resettlement of Syrian refugees. 

With his executive action suspending the admission of refugees to the United States and temporarily halting the entry of citizens from a variety of Muslim countries, President Donald Trump made a quick down payment on a key campaign promise. He also set the U.S. on a disastrous course—one that threatens to weaken our national security and diminish American global leadership.

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Russia Is a Terrible Ally Against Terrorism

January 23, 2017  |  The New York Times

Since early in his campaign, President Trump has made counterterrorism cooperation a pillar of his argument for improving relations with Russia. On the face of it, that idea might seem attractive: two of the world’s largest militaries and intelligence communities working together against the Islamic State and other jihadist networks to achieve progress that neither could alone.

But it’s a bad idea. A partnership with Russia of the kind Mr. Trump proposes has the potential to profoundly undermine the United States’ counterterrorism progress and shred our relationships with Sunni Muslims around the world. Moreover, it’s doubtful such an alliance could actually be forged.

Burkins to Advise Merger of Leading Science Organizations

January 18, 2017

A plan to merge two of the world’s leading international scientific organizations – the International Council for Science (ICSU) and International Social Science Council (ISSC) – in order to better address pressing global challenges will be advised by Melody Brown Burkins (PhD’98), Associate Director for Programs and Research of The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies (ENVS).

How Trump’s Attacks on U.S. Intelligence Will Come Back to Haunt Him

January 11, 2017  |  POLITICO

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has published a piece for POLITICO, "How Trump’s Attacks on U.S. Intelligence Will Come Back to Haunt Him." 

This kind of trash talking diminishes public respect for the intelligence community, which relies on government officials to defend its reputation because so much of its work is never heard of outside the Executive Branch. This might work for Trump in the short run, as he scrambles to defend the legitimacy of the 2016 election. Eventually, it will backfire. At some point during his presidency, Trump is going to want to act on intelligence he receives. And what will happen when he tries to justify to the nation that he is deploying troops or firing missiles on the basis of information brought to him by agencies he has so thoroughly denigrated? Trump seems not to understand that governing is a team sport, and that his credibility will ultimately depend on those who serve the administration.

Innovative Research Model for a Sustainable Arctic Future

December 15, 2016  |  Dartmouth Press Release

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Establishes Innovative Research Model for a Sustainable Arctic Future

Scholars From Arctic Nations Focus on Communities and Policy Relevant Research 

Dec. 15, 2016 – As the Arctic continues to experience climate change, resource development and globalization, the policy challenges that Arctic peoples face are many and extend beyond environmental protection and energy to issues of indigenous rights, health and wellness, governance and infrastructure. Seventeen inaugural Fulbright Arctic Initiative researchers and two co-lead scholars from all eight Arctic nations (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States) tackled these Arctic issues through 18 months of research on energy, water, and health and infrastructure, and recently concluded their work with a week of public events in Washington, D.C.

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.

Ross Virginia Honored as AAAS Fellow

November 21, 2016  

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council elected Ross Virginia, Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science, as a Fellow of the association, in recognition of his contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership. The tradition of electing AAAS Fellows began in 1874 to recognize members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Dartmouth News release

AAAS releas

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.

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