War and Peace Studies Established

Students from across disciplines come together as War and Peace Fellows to engage in ongoing discussions around international conflict and cooperation.

The Jean Monnet Fund for War and Peace Studies, which is part of the John Sloan Dickey Center’s endowment, was established in 1985 by John C. Baker and Elizabeth Baker to honor the Dartmouth trustees who had the vision in 1961 to award Jean Monnet an honorary degree. Monnet, an economist, was a  thought leader in the rebuilding and unification of Europe after WWII.

Each year War and Peace Fellows participate in discussions, events, and lectures related to the many dimensions of international conflict and cooperation. Distinguished visitors come to campus throughout the year to discuss their work, exposing fellows to the myriad of potential carrers in these fields. Led by Professor Ben Valentino, War & Peace Studies Coordinator, fellows travel to Washington D.C. to meet influential policy makers, activists, and researchers.

In 2017, War and Peace Fellow Charlotte Blatt '18 made news for having a paper published in U.S. Army War College quarterly, a rare feat for an undergraduate student. In a round-up of reflections by fellows gathered by the Dickey Center, Blatt shared what the program meant to her:

"I cannot pick a single highlight from my time as a War and Peace Fellow because participating in the program itself was one of the highlights of my time at Dartmouth. There are so many instances that stand out. I traveled to MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida with War and Peace Fellows, where 10 of us met with General Joseph Votel and General Tony Thomas, the Four-Star General Commanders of US Central Command and US Special Operations Command, respectively. As a junior in college, I got to have dinner in Washington, DC sitting next to Vice President Biden’s national security advisor Colin Kahl, who I quoted in a paper I had written a few months earlier. With War and Peace Fellows, I had pie with Michèle Flournoy, former Secretary of Defense for Policy, I heard about developments in international law in the Trump era from Harold Koh, former State Department Legal Advisor, and I got to discuss countless other topics with acclaimed journalists, scholars, policymakers, lawyers, and activists. Most importantly, I made friends with other students who shared my excitement about these topics, several of whom are the people I most frequently talk to after graduation."

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