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Benjamin on the Attacks in Paris

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has been called upon frequently for his counterterrorism expertise since the attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office in Paris.

On Wednesday, January 14th, Benjamin was interviewed by both CNN's Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin and The Rachel Maddow Show. On CNN, he discussed the threat of "undetectable" bombs in light of a recent article in Al Qaeda's online magazine Inspire, which detailed how to make bombs out of household products. He cautioned, however, that the spread of assault weapons in Europe is a much greater danger at present. On The Rachel Maddow Show, Benjamin discussed Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) claim that they were responsible for the attack on Charlie Hebdo's newspaper offices.

Environmental Policy Expert in Residence

January 13, 2015, Dartmouth Now

View her talk on YouTube.

A former top environmental affairs official in the Obama administration who took a leading role in international climate change diplomacy will join a number of classes, consult with scholars at the Institute of Arctic Studies, and deliver a Great Issues lecture this week as a visiting scholar at the Dickey Center. Kerri-Ann Jones, assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs from 2009 to 2014, holds a public lecture on “Negotiating for the Planet: Environmental & Climate Change Diplomacy” at 4:30p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall. 

Benjamin, "Torture Needs to Be Illegal"

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin responded to the debate on the use of torture following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Study on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  In a piece for Politico Magazine on December 22, 2014,  Benjamin asserted, "...it is not just that US hypocrisy has been on display in the last week, undermining this broad-based effort. More damagingly, we have not persuaded partners around the world that this episode was an aberration borne of extreme circumstances that is now in our past. To do that, the United States must quickly legislate clear prohibitions on the “enhanced interrogation techniques” that have caused so much controversy." 

Read the full op-ed.

Dickey Director on the Hacking of Sony

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin was interviewed by Politico Magazine for his response to the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, purportedly by North Korean agents, and Sony's initial decision to not release the movie "The Interview". Benjamin noted, "I guess I would consider this a little less of a national security issue than having one country wipe out most of Saudi Aramco’s computers in an afternoon, because that’s a grave threat to international trade. But, yeah, it’s a significant deal.” Benjamin also noted that the incident would likely prompt calls from members of Congress to put North Korea back on the State Department's list of official state sponsors of terrorism.

Read the full article on Politico's website.

 

 

Student Writes About How To Make Policy

Julia Bradley-Cook, a PhD candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology, published an article about science policy in "Witness the Arctic," a publication of ARCUS (Arctic Research Consortium of the United States). She was selected by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) to attend a summer 2014 colloquium on science policy in Washington, DC. Bradley-Cook, an IGERT Fellow, was selected along with Gifford Wong and Alexandra Giese, PhD candidates in earth sciences and IGERT Fellows. 

Arctic Initiative Featured in Fulbright Finland Publication

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative, led by Professor Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center and the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science, is featured in the Fulbright Center News published by the Fulbright Center Finland. Dartmouth has long-standing research collaborations with institutions in Finland, and the Institute of Arctic Studies has send undergraduates to the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland on Stefansson Research Fellowships.

The current Fulbright Center News of Finland also contains an article by Dartmouth's Professor Matt Ayres about the importance of his stint as a Fulbright Graduate Student in 1985-87. He writes, "Ever since my own life changing experience as a Fulbright Fellow, nothing brings me more professional satisfaction than helping young scholars of today have similar opportunities for international exchange, and to gain the skills and international awareness that are so urgently needed in the 21st century."

Dickey Center Alumni Win Rhodes and Stamps Awards

Two alumni of Dickey Center programs have received prestigious awards. Colin Walmsley ’15 has received Dartmouth’s 78th Rhodes Scholar and Leehi Yona '16 has received a Stamps Leadership Scholarship. Both students have participated in the Dickey Center's Great Issues Scholars program for first-year students. Walmsley was also a War & Peace Scholar at the Dickey Center. Yona is currently an Arctic Intern at the Dickey Center's Institute of Arctic Studies.

U.S. Saw Little to Lose in Yemen Rescue Attempt

Dartmouth Now, 12/9/14

In a Bloomberg story about the recent failed U.S. attempt to rescue two hostages from Al-Qaeda in Yemen, Dartmouth’s Daniel Benjamin, Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding, says the U.S. has greater capability for such actions in Yemen than in the parts of Iraq and Syria controlled by the terrorist group ISIS.

“The willingness to take on a bit of risk is probably greater in Yemen simply because intelligence collection has been going on so much longer there and because we have a positive relationship, and at this point a fairly deep relationship, with the Yemeni authorities who we have found to be committed to countering AQAP,” Benjamin tells Bloomberg. “In Syria, we really are just still in the early stages of collecting the necessary intelligence to operate effectively there.”

Benjamin is director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

2014 Stefansson Memorial Lecture

Join a webcast of the lecture at 6:00pm EST

The annual Stefansson Memorial Lecture, delivered in commemoration of the explorer and anthropologist Vilhjálmur Stefansson, will be December 11, 2014, at the Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado Boulder, 1560 30th Street, Room 269 at 4:00pm. Reception to follow.

INSTAAR Director James White will present the lecture "Abrupt change-Past, Present and Future: The hard reality and silver lining in a sustainable future." According to Web of Science, Dr. White is one of the top 1% most highly cited authors in his field. This is an event of the Stefansson Institute in Akureyri, Iceland, and is co-sponsored with the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. 

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.

 

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