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Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin on the Attacks in Brussels

In the wake of the ISIS-sponsored terror attacks in Brussels, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has been called upon to provide insight on the future of terror in Europe and the United States, and what can be done to prevent future attacks. Benjamin has appeared on the following programs and wrote a piece for Politico Magazine, "Is America Next?" published on March 22nd.

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: 

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.

Peace by Design

by Hilary Johnson '15 and Gurkaran Singh '15

Educated and empowered women are fundamental to sustainable peace and thriving communities. In Ghana, especially in the slums, women are not seen as valuable financial contributors, which results in domestic violence, child marriages, and unequal access to education.

With support from Davis Projects for Peace, we worked with Tech Needs Girls, a Ghanaian mentorship program for girls ages 10 to 18, led Regina Agyare, an incredible female role model for her students. Tech Needs Girls helps girls to be innovators and leaders by teaching them technical skills while encouraging them to pursue tech careers. Through skill development and internship opportunities, young women are able to command respect and shape their own destinies. Families no longer see their daughters as liabilities to be married away at a young age, but rather as capable contributors who deserve investment.

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.

 

Event Co-Sponsorship

The Dickey Center welcomes the opportunity to co-sponsor different types of campus events (public lectures, conferences, workshops, symposia, etc.) with academic departments, student groups, faculty, staff and other campus centers and institutes. We ask that requests for co-sponsorship be made six weeks prior to the term in which the event would take place.

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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