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Daniel Benjamin

Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. State Department (2009-2012) and Director, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College

Daniel Benjamin shares with audiences a map of today’s global instability, separating myths from realities and explaining the forces driving these transformations, including a contemporary look at the terrorist challenges around the world.

Thinking About Risk in a Fast-Changing World

Dramatic events in just the last three years have swept away many of the certainties and assumptions that businesses relied on to advance their global operations. In the broader Middle East, the events of the Arab Spring have radically reconfigured societies and often upended expectations about what kind of security states can provide. Terrorist violence has spread into new regions in Africa, while elsewhere, countries such as Brazil, Greece and Turkey have experienced widespread demonstrations and social unrest. At the State Department and the White House, Daniel Benjamin served at the center of international security policymaking, and he provides the audience with a map of the new global instability, separating myths from realities and explaining the forces that drive these transformations.

The Terrorist Challenge: A Status Report

Since before the first al Qaeda attacks against American embassies in East Africa to the present day, Daniel Benjamin has been involved in America’s efforts to combat contemporary terrorism. As the longest-serving ambassador-at-large and chief of the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau and a White House counterterrorism official in the 1990s, Benjamin has been intimately involved in crafting the strategies that have weakened the world’s most formidable terrorist threat. Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations book award for The Age of Sacred Terror—a New York Times Notable Book—Benjamin provides a global perspective on the changing terrorist threat. He describes how the al Qaeda core in Pakistan has been crippled, and gauges the threats that have evolved in Yemen, Iraq and various parts of Africa. He examines the problem of Iran, the world’s foremost sponsor of terror, and its partner Lebanese Hezbollah. He describes how the Arab Spring has transformed the security landscape and the approaches we need to take to lock in the security gains of recent years. He also looks over the horizon at the long-term danger posed by the conflict in Syria and the sectarian strife now reshaping the Middle East and Persian Gulf.

Meet Daniel Benjamin

Daniel Benjamin shares with audiences a map of today’s global instability, separating myths from realities and explaining the forces driving these transformations, including a contemporary look at the terrorist challenges around the world. 

Daniel Benjamin served as Ambassador-at-Large and coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department (2009-2012). As the longest-serving incumbent in the history of that position, he was the principal advisor to the Secretary of State on counterterrorism and led diplomatic missions to scores of countries. As head of the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau, Benjamin pioneered new efforts to partner with other nations to undercut the appeal of extremism and build effective counterterrorism law enforcement capacities. With wide-ranging experience of more than five years as a National Security Council staff member for President William Clinton and earlier as a foreign correspondent for TIME and The Wall Street Journal, Benjamin has been intimately involved with many of the key issues of the last 25 years. Today, Benjamin is the director of Dartmouth College’s international affairs center and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has written extensively on U.S. foreign and security policy, international affairs, the Middle East and terrorism, and has been a frequent guest on numerous news programs, including 60 Minutes, FrontlineThe PBS NewsHour, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Today and Good Morning America.

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