Founded in 2006, the Tufts ALLIES chapter began at the height of the surge in Iraq and at a low point in US civil-military relations. The ALLIES founders were seeking to bridge the civilian-military divide and deepen understanding of how the military functions in civilian institutions. The chapter has grown significantly over the years, and now has 40 active members.
ALLIES began as a relationship between the Institute for Global Leadership and West Point during the EPIIC Symposium. ALLIES then expanded to include chapters at the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy. Within Tufts, the program has grown and matured, expanding membership and programming every year.
Weekly discussion sessions are held in Braker 118 at 8:30 PM on Wednesday nights. Periodically, the Tufts chapter hosts lectures, including presentations by Rosa Brooks and COL Ostlund (by video conferencing from Afghanistan), and other unique events such as the Combat Paper art exhibit. In addition, ALLIES facilitates Tufts’ attendance at service academy conferences: the Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA) at West Point, Academy Assembly at the Air Force Academy, and the Naval Leadership Conference and the Naval Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC) at the Naval Academy.
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