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Sep 21, 2015
Straus Symposium

September 21, 2015  |  Dartmouth Now

For the past two years, Government Professor and Faculty Director of the Dickey Center's War and Peace Program Ben Valentino has worked with the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial...

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Sep 14, 2015
Female Mosquitoes

Dartmouth Media contact: John Cramer | john.cramer@dartmouth.edu | 603-646-9130

HANOVER, N.H. – Sept. 15, 2015 – Warming temperatures are causing Arctic mosquitoes to grow faster and emerge earlier, significantly boosting their population and threatening the caribou they feast on, a Dartmouth College study finds.

The study predicts the mosquitoes’ probability of surviving and emerging as adults will increase by more than 50 percent if Arctic temperatures rise 2 °C. The findings are important because changes in the timing and...

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Sep 10, 2015
King Salman

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."

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Sep 3, 2015
Ross Virginia

August 26, 2015 |  Dartmouth Now

Updated September 3, 2015

On August 31, President Barack Obama is traveling to Anchorage to participate in the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER). Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science Ross Virginia, director of the Institute of Arctic Studies will be there along with Secretary of State John...

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Aug 26, 2015
Mendenhall Glacier

August 26, 2015

On August 31, in Anchorage, Alaska, the U.S. will convene foreign ministers from Arctic and non-Arctic states to discuss climate change and other topics concerning the region. According to an opinion piece in Project Syndicate, co-authored by Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Artic Studies, it is important that disagreements such as Iran's nuclear program and the conflict in Ukraine not derail discussions about the Arctic, where cooperation between Russia and the West has been the norm.

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Aug 18, 2015
ISIS

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...

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Aug 13, 2015
2015 JSEP group

August 13, 2015

Dartmouth Now reports on Dartmouth's contribution to the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), a program jointly funded and led by the Government of Greenland and the US, that takes teens from the US, Greenland, and Denmark to Greenland to learn about science and undertake independent research projects. 

Lauren Culler, postdoctoral fellow and science outreach coordinator for the Institute of Arctic Studies, co-leads the program with the Institute's Director, Ross Virgina. “The overall goal was getting the students to learn to ask testable scientific...

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Aug 13, 2015
Daniel Benjamin

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.

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Aug 5, 2015
Culler at a Caribou Pond in Greenland

“They’re aggressive because they’re desperate,” Lauren Culler, a postdoctoral fellow and outreach coordinator for the Institute of Arctic Studies, tells a journalist from Motherboard website about the mosquitoes swarming Greenland. “My research here has found that only 12-15 percent of mosquitoes ever get a blood meal." 

Culler has been studying the shallow ponds in Western Greenland where mosquitoes...

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Jul 24, 2015
middle east map

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...

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