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Nepal Earthquake Summit Livestream

Watch events from the Nepal Earthquake Summit livestreamed here. 

 

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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.

Benjamin On ISIS as a State and a Threat

Daniel Benjamin, Director of the Dickey Center, answered questions from CNN and PBS this month about the expansion of ISIS.

Prior to the July 4th holiday, Benjamin was asked by the PBS Newshour about the threat in the US from ISIS. He confirmed there had been an alert to authorities to be vigilant, but they "have no credible intelligence on plotting by ISIS in particular in the US." But there is a greater concern because of the "lone wolf" attacks that have occurred, he said.

Negotiating for the Planet

January 26, 2015

Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs, spoke on January 13, 2015, about the process of negotiating international environmental and climate issues to 120 students, faculty, and community members. 

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Looking North: Challenges and Opportunities

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US Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski '87 led a panel discussion of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, 2015-2017, at the U.S. Embassy Sweden. A diverse range of guests discussed an important topic: sustainable development in the Arctic. The panel also included Gary Knell, President and CEO of National Geographic; Björn Dahlbäck, Director-General of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat; Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s Chief Science and Exploration Officer; Niila Inga, a reindeer herder and head of the Laevas Sami Village in Northern Sweden; and Börge Ousland, a Norwegian polar explorer, writer and photographer.

 

Ross Virginia Featured in UArctic Snowy OWL Talks

Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center, is a featured speaker in the University of the Arctic (UArctic) Snowy OWL video series. Virginia talks about how as the climate warms, the amount of carbon that has been permanently locked in frozen soils is coming to life. View his entire 3-minute talk on the UArctic website, along with talks by the former president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Aqqaluk Lynge, and Fran Ulmer, chair of the Arctic Research Commission, and others. 

What Level of Threat Does ISIS Pose to the US?

August 18, 2014

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin talks to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC about ISIS and the threat to Iraq and Syria, and the challenge of arming individual Iraqi and Kurdish factions to fight them. He also discusses the overheated rhetoric coming out of Washington about ISIS as a threat to the US.

Watch the entire discussion on MSNBC.

ISIS Is an Unproven Threat to the US

August 12, 2014, Dartmouth Now

In a story about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Jake Tapper ’91, host of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, turns to Dartmouth’s Daniel Benjamin for comment about the threat posed by the militant group.

Benjamin, the Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director of Dartmouth’s John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and the former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department, tells Tapper that ISIS poses “an unproven threat” to the U.S. “It’s a big concern, but at the moment, there is no proven record of out-of-area activities, no demonstrated ability to carry out attacks, and if I had to say who the next attack was going to be carried out by, it wouldn’t be ISIS.”

How Temperature Change Affects the Greenland Ice Sheet

Gifford Wong, Ph.D. Student, Earth Sciences

Gifford Wong looks at the effect of climate change on the growth and decay of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS). He studies how changes in temperature affect our ability to assess the health of the GIS.

During the summers of 2010 and 2011, Gifford collected snow samples from pits (~2 m depth) and cores (~10-100 m depth) in the northwest GIS along a traverse route that roughly connects Thule Air Base with NEEM camp and Summit Station in Greenland. He took these samples back to the labs at Dartmouth where he prepared them for chemical analyses.

So far, Gifford has characterized how snow pit chemistry in the dry snow zone of the GIS is affected by percolating melt water. He also observed how the rate of change in snow accumulation is different between more coastal sites than it is in the interior of the GIS. This observation may improve our ability to model glacier mass changes with our changing climate.

Preserving Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Greenland

Simone Whitecloud, PhD student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Simone Whitecloud documents plant names and uses in order to preserve traditional knowledge. Plant ranges are changing in response to a changing climate, and her data will preserve knowledge that would otherwise be lost as plant ranges shift and practitioners lose access to the same plants.

During the summer of 2011, Simone worked with her collaborator, Lenore Grenoble from the University of Chicago, to document plant uses in southern Greenland (Qassiarsuk and Nanortalik) by interviewing community-recognized plant experts. She used fresh and dry plant samples, as well as photos, to speak via an interpreter with nine women and one man about names, uses, and to document pronunciation.

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