2013-14 War and Peace Fellows in Washington, DC. (L to R) Ryan A. Smith, Ben Valentino, Zuo Ming Koh, Shoshana Silverstein, Don Casler, Joseph Singh, Emilia Hull, Gilberto Garcia, Keshav Poddar, Nicholas Zehner, and Emily Hoffman
The War and Peace Studies Fellows Program brings 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.
Each year the Fellows help organize a series of events on campus, including presentations by internationally renowned experts, movies that bear on topics related to war and peace, and discussions with Dartmouth faculty. The Fellows help select the topics, speakers and films, and they are invited to meet with the speakers in small groups after the public events.
In the Spring, student fellows spend a weekend in Washington, DC, with Professor Ben Valentino, War & Peace Studies Coordinator, meeting with elected officials, senior officials in the executive branch of the U.S. government, and political activists working for a variety of non-governmental organizations.
In 2014, the Fellows spent an extraordinary two days in DC meeting with policy makers, military officers, think-tank researchers and NGO officials – including many Dartmouth Alums – working on issues of war and peace. Students visited with high-level policy makers in the U.S. Senate, the Pentagon and the State Department. It was an extraordinary opportunity to speak directly with officials, researchers and activists involved in shaping policy on issues like human rights, terrorism, military policy and the environment. Students also had the chance to learn about the wide-range of career paths available for young people considering their own careers working on these important matters.
Read about how the Fellows take part in a crisis simulation of the collapse of the North Korean government.
The War and Peace Studies Program invites applications from prospective Fellows each Spring. Fellows are expected to participate in scheduled events in at least two of the three terms (fall, winter, spring). Ordinarily, Fellows must be enrolled at Dartmouth during those two terms, although applications from students who will continue to be around campus in one off-term will be considered.
Fellows are initially appointed for a single year, but are typically reappointed for additional years.
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