Dickey Center Director Testifies on U.S.-Syria Strategy

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Daniel Benjamin, who provided testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade on Sept. 29, is director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. (Photo courtesy of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding)

On Sept. 29 Director Daniel Benjamin of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding 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.