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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 Center Director Discusses the Attack in San Bernardino

In light of the recent attack on a San Bernardino County (CA) Department of Health event (12/4/15) by a couple with ties to radical Islam, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin appeared in the media to discuss: terrorism, home-grown terrorism, the Obama Administration's approach to preventing terrorist attacks and halting the spread of terrorism, and the response by some Republican Presidential candidates to the recent attacks. 

On December 7th, Benjamin appeared on: 

  • BBC World News with Katty Kay (the video is posted to the Dickey Center's YouTube channel)
  • CCTV News (China Central Television)

Dickey Director Testifies on Iran's Revolutionary Guard

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on December 2, 2015. The topic of the hearing was: "Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: Fueling Middle East Turmoil." Benjamin's statement can be read here. In his statement, he closes with four main points (condensed below) on "the issue of whether the United States is postured to deter and prevent increased subversive and terrorist actions by Iran."

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: 

Oh, Canada!

October 22, 2015

Leehi Yona '16, a Senior Fellow Stamps Scholar, and Presidential Fellow with Professor Ross Virginia in environmental studies, has published an editorial in the Montreal Gazette on expectations for newly-elected Justin Trudeau. Her editorial, "On climate change, Justin Trudeau's positive rhetoric won't be enough," calls on Trudeau to go beyond his "In Canada, better is always possible" rhetoric. She writes, "The positive rhetoric is welcome, but it is not enough. Canadians expect him to work hard toward positive climate action for the future of young generations."

Read her entire op-ed.

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.

Arctic Mosquitoes Thriving Under Climate Change

Dartmouth Media contact: John Cramer | [email protected] | 603-646-9130

HANOVER, N.H. – Sept. 15, 2015 – Warming temperatures are causing Arctic mosquitoes to grow faster and emerge earlier, significantly boosting their population and threatening the caribou they feast on, a Dartmouth College study finds.

The study predicts the mosquitoes’ probability of surviving and emerging as adults will increase by more than 50 percent if Arctic temperatures rise 2 °C. The findings are important because changes in the timing and intensity of their emergence affect their role as pests of people and wildlife, as pollinators of tundra plants and as food for other species, including Arctic and migratory birds.

The researchers say the climate-population model they developed for Arctic mosquitoes and their predators can be generalized to any ecosystem where survival depends on sensitivities to changing temperatures.

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.

 

Diplomacy at the Top of the World

August 26, 2015

On August 31, in Anchorage, Alaska, the U.S. will convene foreign ministers from Arctic and non-Arctic states to discuss climate change and other topics concerning the region. According to an opinion piece in Project Syndicate, co-authored by Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Artic Studies, it is important that disagreements such as Iran's nuclear program and the conflict in Ukraine not derail discussions about the Arctic, where cooperation between Russia and the West has been the norm.

Steven Simon Talks about Islamic State Brides

August 8, 2015  |  Dartmouth Now

Dickey Center Visiting Fellow Steven Simon talked to the PBS Newshour about the alienation that motivates young women to leave their homes in the West and seek out ISIS. The report follows a New York Times story about three teenage girls who left their homes in Great Britain to join the terrorist group. 

"I don’t think it’s a huge mystery," said Simon. "In the case of these young women, I think what we just heard was quite right, namely, that what is pulling these young women to Syria is the same thing that pulls young men."

Simon, who is also a lecturer in the government department, will be on campus to teach three classes this year. 

Listen to his entire interview on the PBS Newshour.

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