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Iraq On The Brink: U.S. Weighs Options As Jihadis Advance (NHPR)

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin participated in a discussion on the current situation in Iraq on the New Hampshire Public Radio show The Exchange.

Can Iraq Survive? (Boston Globe)

"The news from Iraq has been so bad for so long, it has become difficult to distinguish the merely depressing from the genuinely disastrous," writes Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin in an opinion piece in The Boston Globe. While he notes no one will contemplate putting "boots on the ground", Benjamin says the U.S. will continue to provide Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki with arms, but "the future will require real imagination and effort to contain the demons now proliferating in the eastern reaches of the Fertile Crescent — at a moment when Americans would most like to look away."

Read the entire piece on The Boston Globe's website.

IGERT Fellows Chosen for Prestigious Policy Meetings

Three IGERT program graduate students are headed to Washington, D.C., to attended the 10-day American Meteorological Society (AMS) Summer Policy Colloquium, beginning June 1. IGERT Fellows Julia Bradley-Cook, Alexandra Giese, and Gifford Wong were chosen to attend.

“This is a highly competitive and select group of scientists who show promise in shaping climate and environmental policy,” says Ross Virginia, principal investigator on Dartmouth’s National Science Foundation-sponsored IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) program.

Read their IGERT blog postings about the conference.

Read the full story by Joseph Blumberg on Dartmouth Now.

Record Greenland Ice Melt from Temperature and Forest Fires (Smithsonian)

According to a new Dartmouth study, record-high temperatures and soot from forest fires in Siberia and North America caused nearly all of the surface ice in Greenland to melt in 2012, reports LiveScience.
The study’s findings, the article notes, suggest that continued climate change will result in nearly annual widespread melting of the ice sheet’s surface by the year 2100. “The middle of the ice sheet is now susceptible to melting, where previously it was not,” Kaitlin Keegan, a Thayer School of Engineering doctoral student and NSF IGERT Fellow, and lead author of the study, tells LiveScience. “The Arctic is really changing.”

Read the full story, published 5/19/14 by LiveScience.

Germany’s foreign policy: Time to step up (Boston Globe)

May 29, 2014

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin writes in an opinion piece in The Boston Globe that it's time for Germany to "rise to the occasion" and get more involved in foreign policy issues.

Read the entire piece in The Boston Globe.

How Not to Get Eaten by Polar Bears

May 8, 2014

A two-day polar safety training sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Earth Sciences Department, and the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center focused on staying safe and responding to emergencies, including encountering, or avoiding, polar bears.

Canadian bear expert Andy McMullen spent a day with two dozen Dartmouth graduate and undergraduate students and faculty who's research takes them into Greenland, Alaska, Canada and elsewhere.

Erich Osterberg, an assistant professor in Dartmouth’s Department of Earth Sciences, says global climate change is affecting the way research is conducted. “Not all of changing field conditions that scientists face make their job easier. In Greenland, some Dartmouth scientists now carry rifles and hire guards for polar bear protection in areas where the bears were rare until a few years ago.”

Terror Takes a Hit in Yemen (Boston Globe)

April 28, 2014

In an opinion piece in The Boston Globe, Dartmouth’s Daniel Benjamin says that despite widespread pessimism about the fight against Al Qaeda, there are successes worth acknowledging.

One of these is Yemen, says Benjamin, the Norman E. McCullough Jr. Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and the former coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S State Department. “Yemen, as demonstrated by the counterterrorism strikes that killed more than 50 militants earlier in the week, is a little-reported success story,” he writes.

Read the full opinion piece, published 4/27/14 by The Boston Globe.

War & Peace Fellow Wins Truman Award

April 18, 2014

Read the entire story by Kelly Sundberg Seaman in Dartmouth Now.

Shoshana Silverstein ’15, a Dickey Center War and Peace Fellow, has been chosen as a 2014 Harry S. Truman Scholar. She is one of 59 college students, mostly juniors, awarded scholarships of up to $30,000 to pursue graduate studies in public service fields.

The Dickey Center's War and Peace Studies Fellows Programbrings students together from across the disciplines – the sciences, social sciences and humanities – to engage in an ongoing discussion of the social, political, moral and technological dimensions of international conflict and cooperation.

War & Peace Fellow Wins Carnegie Fellowship

April 7, 2014

Dartmouth Now

Ala’ Alrababa’h ’14, who is from Amman, Jordan, and a Dickey Center War and Peace Fellow, has been named a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for the academic year 2014-15. The endowment selects 10 to 12 fellows each year—from among graduating seniors nominated by almost 400 colleges—to assist with research conducted by the international think tank’s senior associates.

Read the complete story in Dartmouth Now online.

 

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Shares Her Views on the World's Problems

April 9, 2014, Dartmouth Now

View Secretary Albright's talk on YouTube.

Telling tales from her diplomatic career, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright yesterday enthralled and entertained Dartmouth students and later a capacity crowd of 900 in Spaulding Auditorium. The first female Secretary of State, Albright served in President Bill Clinton’s administration from 1997 to 2001. She shared her thoughts on crises ranging from the Ukraine to Syria, and gave insights into her personal diplomatic tactics, which included sending signals to foreign leaders with her jewelry.

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