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Fulbright Arctic Initiative Accepting Applications

July 12, 2017  |  Fulbright Scholar Program release

Fulbright Arctic Initiative information (pdf)

18-month research program will expand collaborative networks and address shared priorities

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced the launch of the second Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative is designed to create a network to stimulate international research collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries.  Using a collaborative multidisciplinary model to emphasize communication across disciplines and knowledge co-production, the Initiative will translate theory into practice to address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic Council member states’ shared challenges and opportunities.

Former Dickey Center Foreign Policy Fellow Wins APSA Award for First Book

June 14, 2017

Rosella Cappella Zielinski, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston University, and a 2012-13 Dickey Center U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Post-doctoral Fellow, has won the American Political Science Association (APSA) Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award in International History and Politics. How States Pay for War, published in 2016 by Cornell University Press, is Cappella Zielinski's first book. It was also the subject of her dissertation, which she completed while in residence at Dartmouth.    

"My time at Dartmouth gave me the space to do the edits necessary to get the manuscript for review," says Capella Zielinski. "More importantly, it gave me the time and helpful feedback to get the book prospectus in good shape."

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War & Peace Fellow Publishes in Prestigious Military Journal

June 15, 2017

Charlotte Blatt '18, a Dickey Center War & Peace Fellow and government major, has published an article in Parameter, one of the U.S. military's top professional journals. "Operational Success, Strategic Failure: Assessing the 2007 Iraq Troop Surge," Blatt's sophomore seminar paper, is published in the Spring 2017 issue. 

Her paper also won the 2017 Edwin H. Sherman Family Prize, awarded by Temple University to the top undergraduate paper written on diplomacy and the use of force. According to Jeffrey Friedman, Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth, receiving these awards is a major accomplishment for an undergraduate. 

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Is Trump Fighting Terrorism?

June 4, 2017  |  POLITICO

by Daniel Benjamin

Is Trump Fighting Terrorism?  Or is he just tweeting about it, while making it worse?

Donald Trump came to the presidency on a wave of overheated rhetoric about the terrorist threat, the failures of his predecessors, and promises, as he said in his inaugural address, to “unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.” Four months into his term, and on the heels of Saturday’s terrorist attack in London, which killed seven and injured dozens in the third attack in Britain in three months, it’s worth asking: Is Trump actually delivering decisive counterterrorism?

Leah Sarson, Dickey Center Fellow, on CTV News

May 25, 2017

Dickey Center Post-doctoral Researcher Leah Sarson talked to CTV News in Canada about President Trump's first meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels today. In response to a question about President Trump's call for greater defense spending among allies, she said, "I certainly think that Donald Trump has proven to be a wild card today. I think he suprised a lot of people by not mentioning Article 5, at the heart of NATO, promising collective defence. He has hammered home his agenda, pushing defense spending and burden sharing among NATO allies."

She went on to note that the 2% of GDP contribution required of NATO nations is not due until 2024. 

Listen to Dr. Sarson's entire interview (start at 1:30) at CTV News online

Talk Highlights Outcomes of Iranian Election

May 23, 2017  |  Valley News

An article in the Valley News highlighted Dartmouth Sociology Professor Misagh Parsa's views on the roots of a deep discord between the Iranian people and their Islamist government and pointed to possible outcomes.

Parsa, author of the book Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed, talked only days after a major victory by Hassan Rouhani, a moderate reformer, in Iran's presidential election. 

She told the Valley News, "It’s highly unlikely for Iran to democratize through reform,” Parsa said, given that reformers have to work within the existing structures of power. “And so instead it’s likely that Iran will need to go through another revolutionary transformation.”

Professor Parsa's talk was co-sponsored by the Dickey Center and the Department of Sociology. 

Read the entire article by Rob Wolfe in the Valley News.

 

 

Studying Diplomacy Is Not Just Academic at the Dickey Center

May 23, 2017  |  Dartmouth News

by Bill Platt

Students taking the seminar "U.S. Policy in Africa and the Great Challenges Africa Faces in the Future” knew they would be studying various aspects of recent politics on the continent. What they quickly discovered was that the scholar guiding their studies had firsthand experience with a good part of modern African political history.

On Iran and anti-extremism, Trump strikes different note from his predecessors

May 22, 2017  |  PBS Newshour

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin talked to the PBS Newshour about whether President Trump is making a shift in foreign policy after his trip to Saudi Arabia and the tone of the language he used there.

"He’s gone all in, in terms of standing with them [Sunni Arabs] and with the Israelis against Iran. I think that brings with it some challenges.

I think it’s also noteworthy that he pushed the Saudis and others to do more against terrorism themselves, but it was quite interesting that the way that he described terrorism, it was really kind of flat. It was in very good vs. evil terms, but no larger discussion of what the drivers of terrorism are, no discussion about bad governance, about economic stagnation, about any repression.

And, as a result, it leaves the impression that this is going to be purely about military law enforcement, and not anything else, which is really at odds with the policy we had, which was that you can’t shoot your way out of this."

Russia’s Game: From the End of the Cold War through the Election of 2016

May 3, 2017 | YouTube

Earlier this year, Ambassador Daniel Fried retired from the State Department after 40 years of service. Watch his talk at Dartmouth on May 3, 2017 about Russia's role in the world from the Cold War to the 2016 election. 

Ambassador Fried served in his most recent position as the State Department’s Coordinator for Sanctions Policy since January 28, 2013. Prior to that, Ambassador Fried was Special Envoy for Closure of the Guantanamo Detainee Facility starting on May 15, 2009, with the additional responsibility as the Secretary’s Special Advisor on Camp Ashraf (Iraq) from November, 2011. Daniel Fried served from May 5, 2005 until May 15, 2009 as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council from January, 2001 to May, 2005. He served as Ambassador to Poland from November, 1997 to May, 2000.

Facts are Facts: Marching for Science

April 24, 2017

On Saturday, April 22, Dickey Center Associate Director for Programs and Research Melody Brown Burkins, PhD, spoke to a crowd of thousands at the New Hampshire statehouse in Concord about the connection between facts and government policy. 

“We’re standing up not only for science but good government,” said Burkins, speaking at the March for Science, a worldwide movement to demonstrate support for science and its importance to society. Burkins is also an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth. 

Burkins talked about growing up with a passion for science and her experience working in Washington, D.C., where she witnessed the importance of ensuring the best science was available to elected officials.

I saw first-hand how access and attention to independent scientific data could both inform and shape responsible policy.

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