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Benjamin: Schumer's Unconvincing Pose

August 12, 2015

The New York Daily News published Dickey Center Director Dan Benjamin's analysis of what he calls Schumer's "seriously flawed" explanation for opposing the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran.

"The Iranians would take a Congressional-led rejection of the pact as proof that Washington could not deliver an acceptable deal, and they would walk away – likely pressing ahead on their nuclear program, but without any international oversight or inspections," writes Benjamin.

Read his entire opinion at the The New York Daily News.

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.

Benjamin on the bin Laden Files

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has been interviewed by numerous media outlets since the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a trove of files seized during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A sampling follows: 

USA Today, May 20, 2015

"He was still very much focused on the notion of driving the U.S. out of the Middle East and broader Muslim world through a catastrophic attack," Benjamin said. "He kept telling people to attack US embassies."

LA Times, May 20, 2015

Bin Laden “was a bit of an international relations policy wonk,” said Daniel Benjamin. The Al Qaeda leader's papers “suggest he was smart enough to be interested in how his enemy thought and functioned.” 

Foreign Policy, May 20, 2015

2015-16 Post-Doctoral Fellows in US Foreign Policy and International Security

The 2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellows in US Foreign Policy and International Security were selected from an extremely competitive group of applicants. They will be the first to benefit from a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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Lombard Public Service Fellowship Blogs

Read the blogs created by alumni who have worked around the world from Switzerland to Kenya as Richard Lombard Public Service Fellowship recipients. 

The Richard Lombard Public Service Fellowship was established 25 years ago by family and friends in memory of Richard Lombard, a 1953 Dartmouth alumni and former Trustee of Dartmouth College. The fellowship is aimed at providing grants to “encourage and enable Dartmouth alumni to use their education to make a significant positive impact on society.”

For more information about the Lombard Fellowship, visit the Dickey website

 

 

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. 

Watch online

Benjamin on the Attacks in Paris

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has been called upon frequently for his counterterrorism expertise since the attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office in Paris.

On Wednesday, January 14th, Benjamin was interviewed by both CNN's Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin and The Rachel Maddow Show. On CNN, he discussed the threat of "undetectable" bombs in light of a recent article in Al Qaeda's online magazine Inspire, which detailed how to make bombs out of household products. He cautioned, however, that the spread of assault weapons in Europe is a much greater danger at present. On The Rachel Maddow Show, Benjamin discussed Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) claim that they were responsible for the attack on Charlie Hebdo's newspaper offices.

Environmental Policy Expert in Residence

January 13, 2015, Dartmouth Now

View her talk on YouTube.

A former top environmental affairs official in the Obama administration who took a leading role in international climate change diplomacy will join a number of classes, consult with scholars at the Institute of Arctic Studies, and deliver a Great Issues lecture this week as a visiting scholar at the Dickey Center. Kerri-Ann Jones, assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs from 2009 to 2014, holds a public lecture on “Negotiating for the Planet: Environmental & Climate Change Diplomacy” at 4:30p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall. 

Benjamin, "Torture Needs to Be Illegal"

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin responded to the debate on the use of torture following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Study on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  In a piece for Politico Magazine on December 22, 2014,  Benjamin asserted, "...it is not just that US hypocrisy has been on display in the last week, undermining this broad-based effort. More damagingly, we have not persuaded partners around the world that this episode was an aberration borne of extreme circumstances that is now in our past. To do that, the United States must quickly legislate clear prohibitions on the “enhanced interrogation techniques” that have caused so much controversy." 

Read the full op-ed.

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