ALLIES

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

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

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. The history of the country laid bare in front of us for our perusal, we learned about the geopolitical circumstances that played into some of Finland's major decisions - aligning itself with Nazi Germany towards the end of WWII, maintaining a strong standing military, refusing to join NATO etc. Finland has always felt a distinct lack of assurance by others with regard to its own security, and much of its approach to defense and foreign policy today is guided by a hard and realistic approach of self-reliance.

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). FieldEx is an annual event organized by a committee of undergraduate students of the IGL’s ALLIES program.

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.

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.

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