A Discussion on US Military Presence in Niger with Alice Hunt Friend

by mdillard
A Discussion on US Military Presence in Niger with Alice Hunt Friend Nov 03

Alice Hunt Friend, a senior fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), was the guest speaker at ALLIES’s weekly meeting on November 1. She spoke about the U.S. military presence in Niger. Ms. Friend spoke about Niger in the context of the ambush that left four U.S. soldiers dead on October 4, 2017. She began with the context of the conflicts in and around Niger and Mali. She explained the variety of terrorist groups in the Sahel, narrowing the discussion to focus on Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Most of the members of AQIM originally came from the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (in French, GSPC), an Algerian faction of the Algerian Civil War in the late 1990s that was considered a terrorist group. GSPC relocated to Mali and Niger and quickly integrated with the local Tuareg tribes through intermarriage and trade. In 2007, they became the basis of AQIM.

Oct 30

The Psychology of Terrorism and Political Violence

by tuftsigl

On October 18th, Dr. John Horgan spoke at the Tufts ALLIES weekly meeting focused on “The Psychology of Terrorism: Exploring the Complex Causes of Political Violence”. Horgan is a distinguished professor at Georgia State University.

Oct 03

LTG Charles D. Luckey by Samuel Weitzman

by tuftsigl

On Monday, October 2, 2017, LTG Charles D. Luckey visited Tufts for a wide-ranging conversation about the U.S. armed forces, the future of conflict, and the state of American civil-military relations. As the Chief of the U.S. Army Reserves and Commanding General of the U.S.

Aug 30

Welcomed by 2,000 Japanese Self-Defense Force Cadets by Daniel Lewis

by tuftsigl

When undergraduates enter a college cafeteria, they often don’t expect much. A few miscellaneous vegetables, various sets of fried foods and a reliably consistent mediocrity.

Aug 29

Professional National (and Personal) Education by Eva Kahan

by tuftsigl

The National Defense University feels a bit detached from your average Washington, DC national security institution.

Aug 29

Nancy Pelosi, New Citizens, and Free La Croix: A Day in the Life of a San Francisco Democrat Intern by Alison Bogy

by tuftsigl

An average day at the San Francisco Democratic Party:

10am: I arrive at the Oakland Paramount Theater, where the bi-monthly New Citizen Swearing in Ceremony is almost over. I greet my boss and the five other interns, before picking up a pen and a clipboard stacked with voter registration forms.

Aug 14

Lessons in Ideological Diversity: ALLIES Joint Research Project in Japan by Nicole Bardasz

by tuftsigl

When I applied to the Joint Research Project through ALLIES last fall, I didn’t quite know what I was getting into. Over the next few months, through planning meetings with fellow JRP-ers at Tufts and the Naval Academy, and with help from the IGL, our trip and research plans slowly crystallized into form.

Aug 09

Confronting a Different World View: ALLIES Joint Research Project in Japan by Conor Friedmann

by tuftsigl

This summer I had the opportunity to participate in the ALLIES Joint Research Project along with three other Tufts students – Daniel Lewis (A’20), Nicole Bardasz (A’20) and Michael Olesberg (A’19). We were accompanied by three cadets from the U.S. Military Academy and three midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Jul 19

Internships with The World Affairs Council and the San Francisco Democratic Party by Alison Bogy

by tuftsigl

This summer, the IGL has partially funded some of the costs accrued between my two part-time internships. One internship is working at The World Affairs Council, a national nonprofit that hosts events and recruits speakers with the goal of stimulating discussion on international affairs.

Jul 17

Complex Operations in a Simplistic World by Eva Kahan

by tuftsigl

When I decided to intern for the summer at the National Defense University’s Center for Complex Operations, my family and peers questioned whether the organization had any mission.

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