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

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Welcomed by 2,000 Japanese Self-Defense Force Cadets by Daniel Lewis Aug 30

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. As for the people, it depends; sometimes you sit with friends, sometimes by yourself and on those rare few occasions, you get the honor to sit and eat lunch with 2,000 Cadets from the Japanese Self Defense Forces.

About a week and half through our ALLIES research trip to Japan, I along with three other Tufts students and three students each from the United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy at West Point were going to visit the Japanese National Defense Academy; an unexpectedly unintimidating complex located just over 50km outside of Tokyo that houses the academies for all three branches of the Japanese Self Defense Forces (SDF).

Aug 29

Professional National (and Personal) Education by Eva Kahan

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Jun 13

ALLIES joint research project: Japan

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We met with scholars, academics, military officers, and government officials at places like the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), the National Defense Academy, the U.S. Embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Apr 24

FieldEx 2017 by Emily Spak

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On April 7th-8th, Tufts students participated in a live-action simulation called FieldEx, hosted by civilian-military relations organization ALLIES. FieldEx combines political, diplomatic, and military components in a peacekeeping and stability scenario that plays out on a paintball field.

Apr 21

UN Peace-Keeping with Nick Birnback by Noah Kulak

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On Wednesday 4/19, Tufts ALLIES met with Nicholas Birnback A '92, the current Head of Public Affairs for United Nations Peacekeeping. Starting in 1996, Birnback has been part of U.N. peace missions in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eritrea, East Timor and Somalia.

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