Military 101: A Conversation with a Fletcher Veteran by Connor Akiyama (A’21)

by jtijssen
Apr 01

On its last meeting of the month, ALLIES hosted a conversation with Lt. Maria Katrina Ablen (F’19) to talk about her personal experiences during her military service and her own observations about the future of the United States Navy.

Katrina is both a second-year MALD student at The Fletcher School as well as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve. Ablen was born to first-generation Filipino-American parents in Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. Following in her father’s footsteps, she entered the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit at The George Washington University. Katrina has completed tours in the Persian Gulf, the Horn of Africa, and in South Korea. She has served as an electronic warfare officer, damage control officer, and operations assessment officer throughout her time in the Navy and is currently enrolled full-time at Fletcher to pursue her graduate studies

Jan 17

5th Annual ALLIES Civil Military Relations Conference on "Security, Society and the New Climate Regime" by Dylan Miles (A’21)

by tuftsigl

On November 10th, Tufts ALLIES, a program of the Institute for Global Leadership, kicked off its fifth annual Civil Military Relations Conference (CMRC) on “Security, Society, and the New Climate Regime.” This conference centered the importance of climate change for national security policy professionals, in both military and civilian

Jun 21

The Finnish Model for National Defense by Lionel Oh (A'21)

by tuftsigl

On the side trip to Helsinki as part of this year’s ALLIES Joint Research Project in Estonia, some of us visited the National Museum of Finland.

Jun 18

Joint Research Project in Estonia by Benjamin Cooper (A'20)

by tuftsigl

After arriving in Tallinn to warm weather and sunlight, the Tufts, West Point, and Naval Academy contingents began the Joint Research Project at US Embassy Tallinn.

Jun 15

Cyber-attacks in Estonia by Lionel Oh (A'21)

by tuftsigl

It has been six days since we arrived in Estonia, and this small Baltic state and its plethora of unique problems and circumstances has really piqued my curiosity. When you have 45,000 square kilometers to share among a population of 1.3 million, there is a lot of land to go around.

May 29

Declining Democracies and Protecting Liberties at NAFAC 2018 by Alexandria Hayman, Tufts Class of 2019

by tuftsigl

After a cold, gray weekend in Boston, I was more excited than ever by the opportunity to attend the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC) at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on April 10-12.

May 29

ALLIES FieldEx 2018: Field Exercise in Peace and Stability Operations by Ariel Serruya

by tuftsigl

On a weekend in April, Tufts students participated in a live, post-conflict simulation known as FieldEx (Field Exercise for Peacekeeping and Stability Operations).

May 28

From Challenging the Status Quo to Approaching Obstacles as Opportunities by Samantha Collins

by tuftsigl

The Naval Academy Leadership Conference 2018 on “Breaking Barriers: Obstacles Are Opportunities” brought in speakers including the Honorable Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; Sherri Brown, Senior Vice President of Humanitarian Services at the American Red Cross; LTG H.R.

Apr 29

Student Workshop on Civil-Military Operations by Noah Kulak (A’19)

by tuftsigl

War has always included an element of uncertainty, a gray zone, made more intense by the different ways wars are waged today.  Battle lines are murky.  Enemy combatants blend into the urban or rural communities.  Even the end goals may be unclear to both policymakers and commanding officers alike.

Nov 03

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

by mdillard

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.

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