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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

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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.

NeAT Meeting on Polar Regions

November 11, 2016

Over 50 scientists from 10 different countries met at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies 15-16 November 2016 for the inaugural meeting of the Network for Arthropods of the Tundra (NeAT). NeAT is an international group focused on studying arthropods in Earth's rapidly changing polar regions. They hope to build collaborative capacity over two days of scientific presentations and discussions.

Keynote speakers included Jane Uhd Jepsen from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and Peter Convey from the British Antarctic Survey. These keynote speakers framed a meeting that explored arthropod science at both poles, including aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, invasion ecology, ecosystem function, and responses to environmental change.

Second Fulbright Demonstrates Washington Focus on Arctic

November 3, 2016  |  The Arctic Journal

An article in The Arctic Journal, an independent news organization based in Greenland, looks at the decision to continue the Fulbright Arctic Initiative for another cycle as proof that Washington, DC, is taking the Arctic seriously.

"I think that the energy being exuded right now shows the high level of attention the Arctic has in Washington," Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth, said to the Journal. 

Read the entire article.

Fulbright Arctic Week 2016

STORIFY: Five days of science and policy

View Flickr pictures from the event

The seventeen Fulbright Arctic Initiative researchers and their co-lead scholars--Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies Ross Virginia and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alaska Mike Sfraga--will gather in Washington, D.C., October 24-26, 2016, to participate in policy meetings and public engagement events, including a capstone symposium showcasing the results of the Fulbright Arctic Scholars’ research and collaborations over the preceding 18 months.

The schedule for public and closed events is available at the Fulbright Arctic Week website. 

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