ALLIES

The Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services. An undergraduate organization dedicated to improving civilian-military relations through joint education, research and training.

Date & Time February 12, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location
Braker 118
Program
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ALLIES Weekly Discussion-Huawei and 5G

5G is the next big technological race and promises to revolutionize technology. Chinese company Huawei is the dominating competitor in the 5G market right now, counting the German and British governments among its list of customers despite U.S. protests against Huawei. Join ALLIES and this week's cohost, SURGE, to discuss how American scrutiny of Huawei impacts the U.S.'s development of 5G infrastructure, along with that of its allies. As usual, no prior knowledge is necessary and background readings will be provided at the meeting. We hope to see you there!

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Date & Time February 5, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location
Braker 118
Program
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ALLIES Weekly Discussion-Holding Private Military Contractors Accountable 

Stories of human rights violations by private military contractors (PMCs) have surfaced in many conflicts abroad, notably by U.S. contractors at Abu Ghraib and at other prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan. How can countries who employ PMCs and the international community hold PMCs accountable for their actions? Join ALLIES this Wednesday as we discuss how to regulate PMCs via international frameworks and other methods to prevent future human rights violations from occurring.

As always, no prior knowledge is required and background readings will be provided at the meeting.

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Date & Time January 29, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location
Braker 118
Program
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ALLIES Weekly Discussion-The Endgame for Hong Kong

An extradition bill in Hong Kong set off a wave of protests in Hong Kong last summer that are still continuing today. While the extradition bill was formally withdrawn on September 4 last year, there is still extreme unrest in Hong Kong. What are the ultimate goals of the mainland Chinese government and the Hong Kong protesters? 

Join ALLIES this Wednesday as we discuss the viability and cohesiveness of the Hong Kong protest movement. As usual, no prior knowledge is needed and background readings will be provided at the meeting.

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Date & Time December 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location
Eaton 206
Program
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ALLIES Weekly Discussion: Environmental Intervention and Cooperation

International cooperation on climate change has always been a challenge. Following the signing of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, many countries have yet to fulfill their commitments. Questions continue to arise on how countries can be held accountable to stopping climate change and protecting the climate from natural disasters. Join ALLIES on December 4th in Eaton 206 as we discuss how international cooperation can be implemented when it comes to climate change and the ethics of environmental intervention.

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Date & Time November 20, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Location
Eaton 206
Program
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ALLIES Weekly Discussion- The Kurdish Skirmish

Dispersed across Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran, the Kurds have been the largest stateless minority in the Middle East since the re-shaping of borders after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1923. In the past 80 years, in all parts of Kurdistan various attempts have been made to demand increased cultural and linguistic rights, autonomy and the creation of an independent Kurdish state. In 2014, Syrian Kurds established control over a large portion of Syria with the help of US troops which intervened in the war to help defeat ISIS.

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Date & Time November 13, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location
Eaton 206
Program
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Allies Weekly Discussion: The New Scramble for Africa

In the 1800s, European states divided up Africa into colonies for themselves. Now in the 21st century, many foreign nations, particularly China and Russia, have taken an interest in investing in African nations and forming commercial ties with them. Join ALLIES this Wednesday, November 13 at 8pm in Eaton 206, as we discuss how foreign investments and partnerships with African nations are changing the global political landscape and affecting these nations domestically. As usual, no prior knowledge is necessary and background readings will be provided at the meeting.

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Date & Time November 6, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location
Eaton 206
Program
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ALLIES Weekly Discussion: Women in Armed Conflict

Sexual violence has been used as a weapon in war, especially against women, for centuries. Though conflicts can destroy women’s lives, women have historically not been included in post-conflict discussions. Why has this been the case, and what institutions must be changed to make peace processes more gender-inclusive, particularly for women? Join ALLIES and Women in IR this Wednesday as we discuss these questions and explore how sexual violence has been weaponized throughout history.

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Date & Time October 30, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location
Eaton 206
Program
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ALLIES Weekly Discussion: The Aftermath of Brexit

In 2016, the UK voted via a referendum to leave the European Union. Three years later, the UK still remains a member of the EU as Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempts to negotiate a Brexit agreement that satisfies Parliament before the next Brexit deadline of October 31st. Join ALLIES as we discuss what the potential effects of Brexit will be for both the UK and remaining EU countries this Wednesday at 8pm in Eaton 206. As always, no prior knowledge is required and there will be background readings handed out during the meeting.

We hope to see you there!

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Date & Time November 9-10, 2019 10:00am - 4:30pm
Location
Tufts Campus
Program
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ALLIES Civil-Military Relations Conference-Cybersecurity and Geopolitics

The 2019 Civil-Military Relations Conference will be held on November 9th-10th, 2019. This is an annual conference focusing on security, foreign policy, and civil-military issues; and is organized by the Tufts Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) in conjunction with the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL).

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Date & Time October 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location
Eaton 206
Program
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ALLIES Discussion-Mental Health in Civil-Military Relations

ALLIES will host Captain James P. Micciche and Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Gwinn from the Fletcher Veterans Association for a candid conversation on mental health in the military. They will share how perspectives on mental health have changed in the military throughout the years, some of their personal experiences, and what still needs to be addressed in the military regarding mental health.

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