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Daniel Benjamin (born October 16, 1961) is an American diplomat and journalist, and was the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the United States Department of State from 2009 to 2012, appointed by Secretary Clinton. He is Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College.
|Coordinator for Counterterrorism|
May 28, 2009 – December 10, 2012
|Preceded by||Dell Dailey|
|Succeeded by||Jerry P. Lanier|
|Born||October 16, 1961|
|Alma mater||Harvard University |
New College, Oxford
From 1994 to 1999, as a member of President Clinton's staff, Benjamin served as a foreign policy speech writer and special assistant. During that period, he also served on the National Security Council.
Benjamin was a Senior Fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was also named a 2004 Berlin prize fellow by the American Academy in Berlin.
In 2012, he was appointed the Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College.
Together with Steven Simon, Benjamin wrote The Age of Sacred Terror (Random House, 2002), which documents the rise of al Qaeda and religiously motivated terrorism, as well as America's efforts to combat that threat. They review the history of Islamist political thought from ibn Taymiyya in the 13th century, to al-Wahhab (the 18th century founder of Wahabbism) down to bin Laden. The danger, as they see it, is that "al Qaeda's belief system cannot be separated neatly from Islamic teachings, because it has -- selectively and perniciously -- built on fundamental Islamic ideas and principles." The second half of the book outlines the West's response. Ellen Laipson, in her review of the book, praises the authors for their study and methodology.
Benjamin and Simon would follow up The Age of Sacred Terror in 2005 with The Next Attack: The Globalization of Jihad (Hodder & Soughton (in Britain), 2005), a book which received high-praise from Bill Clinton.
In the April 30, 2006 edition of Time, Benjamin wrote a favorable profile of Pervez Musharraf, with the headline, "Why Pakistan's Leader May Be The West's Best Bet for Peace."
- "Daniel Benjamin". State Department. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Daniel Benjamin". Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- Benjamin, Daniel (Nov 24, 2005). "Jihadist Iraq just won't happen". Los Angeles Times.
- Daniel Benjamin's Brookings Profile Archived October 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Kreisler, Harry. "Conversations with History".
- Laipson, Ellen (Jan–Feb 2003). "While America Slept: Understanding Terrorism and Counterterrorism". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved May 3, 2012.