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Lisa Adams: Building Geisel Global Connections

April 8, 2014

As a field of study, global health didn’t exist when Lisa Adams,MED ’90, Program Coordinator of the Dickey Center Global Health Initiative, was a Dartmouth medical student in the late 1980s. Nor were there programs available to help shape the experiences of students like Adams who were interested in working with medically underserved international communities—students were left to their own devices.

Working in Albania changed the trajectory of her career. “It was my life-altering experience,” she says. “The cross-cultural aspect of care, together with the dire needs, were compelling to me—it was an experience that I’ll never forget.”

Learn the complete story of how Dr. Adams found her path to global health by reading stories in Dartmouth Now and by Geisel School of Medicine.


Dickey Joins Obama Initative for Young African Leaders

April 8, 2014

Dartmouth College will provide hands-on training to 25 young African leaders this summer as part of President Obama’s effort to promote economic prosperity, democracy, peace, and security in their home countries.

The Washington Fellowship program is the new flagship of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which was announced during his visit to Africa in 2013. The program is overseen by the U.S. State Department and the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).

“We’re delighted that Dartmouth was selected to participate in this White House initiative,” said Daniel Benjamin, director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. “Our work in YALI will help expand Dartmouth’s international engagement and give us important insights into capacity-building work in the developing world, which is going to be a major growth area for the U.S. in the decades to come.”

New USAID Kosovo Program Grant

The Dickey Center has had ongoing contacts and programs with Kosovo, including a visit by Ferid Agani, the Kosovo Minister of Health in 2013.

The Dickey Center is a Dartmouth partner with three other universities in a USAID-funded project to train a new generation of Kosovar leaders to drive significant change in economic, political, and social areas.

The five-year, $30 million grant is administered through World Learning, an international nonprofit organization that supports education, exchange, and development programs in more than 60 countries.

“Dartmouth is one of our closest partners in international development,” said Donald Steinberg, president and CEO of World Learning, while speaking on February 28 at the Dickey Center.

For more details, read the full Dartmouth Now article by Bill Platt.

Student is Arctic Council Delegate in Russia

A Week as an Arctic Council Delegate in Arkhangelsk, Russia (reprinted from ARCUS)

by Ali Giese, PhD Candidate, Earth Sciences

During the last week of February 2014, I had the privilege of representing the United States and Dartmouth College at the 2014 Model Arctic Council, a role-playing program with the same goals as the better-known Model UN: to expose students to high-level policy negotiations through experience and participation. The Model Arctic Council was held at the Northern Arctic Federal University (NArFU) in Arkhangelsk, Russia. Thirty graduate students from more than ten countries participated in simulated proceedings of the Arctic Council, a high-level intergovernmental forum for promoting cooperation, coordination, and interaction among the Arctic States, with the involvement of Arctic indigenous communities, on common Arctic issues.

Games Commence Amid Security Worries

February 6, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s vow to “do whatever it takes” to protect the Sochi Olympic Games is apparently backed up by a formidable array of security measures, but Russia’s track record in dealing with terrorists has not always been inspiring, says Daniel Benjamin, a former top counterterrorism official at the U.S. State Department and Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding.

Read the entire Dartmouth Now story by Bill Platt.


Military Chief of U.S. Africa Command Offers Insights

January 30, 2014

General Carter Ham

Retired General Carter Ham, who rose through the ranks from enlisted man to a four-star general leading the U.S. Africa Command during a time of rapidly shifting strategic challenges, has begun a two-week residency at Dartmouth’s Dickey Center for International Understanding.

“I found him to be an extraordinarily broad-minded and thoughtful military leader,” says Benjamin. “He’s really had a remarkable career, and he has this unique perspective, coming from the enlisted ranks. He’s seen a tremendous amount of change in the military and the country during his 40 years of service.”

Read the Dartmouth Now story by Bill Platt.


UArctic Promotes Pan-Arctic Consortium (Inside Higher Ed)

January 22, 2014

An Inside Higher Ed article quotes Ross Virginia, the Myers Professor of Environmental Science and director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center, on the mission of the University of the Arctic (UArctic)—a consortium of 150 colleges, universities, and research organizations across the globe that aims to "increase access to Arctic-themed educational programs by increasing mobility and capacity both."

Virginia co-directs the UArctic's Institute for Applied Circumpolar Policy, which has held a number of International meetings with scientists, policymakers, NGOs, and Arctic community leaders on critical issues of Arctic security, health, and shipping.

Read the entire article at Inside Higher Ed.

Northern Lights from Greenland

January 9, 2014 - Dartmouth Now

Institute of Arctic Studies Director Ross Virginia comments on the appearance of the Northern Lights in the Upper Valley as well as Greenland, where IGERT students spend part of the summer:

Motive of Destruction

Dartmouth Now, January 8, 2014

Does last year's Boston Marathon bombing change how we think about contemporary terrorism? The relatively small scale of the attack, the brothers' lack of connection to traditional terrorist organizations, and their failure to capitalize on the destruction may blur the line between terrorism and other mass killings.

Don’t Create a New Al Qaeda

January 6, 2014

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, senior director for the Middle East and North Africa at the United States National Security Council, have co-authored an op-ed in The New York Times warning that repression of Islamist in Egypt, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, could encourage radicalization in the region.

"The turn against the Brothers is a fateful error. Repression coupled with political exclusion has long been understood to drive radicalization, and the great hope of the Arab Spring was that the passing of the authoritarian regimes would put an end to arbitrary rule and brutality. Instead, the war against the Brotherhood will make violence the rational choice for fence-sitters," write Benjamin and Simon.

Read the Dartmouth Now story.


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