Intellectual Roundtable 2014

This year’s Intellectual Roundtable be held at Tufts University from Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 through Thursday, February 27th, 2014. The theme will be “The Changing Strategic Environment of the Middle East and North Africa and Evolving Civil Military Relations.” They keynote address will be given by Dr. Kathleen Hicks, the Senior Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The conference panels will each revolve around a specific issue related to the overall conference theme and will feature international government officials, former and current American military and civilian officials, and leading experts in the field of civil-military relations.

Additionally, the Intellectual Roundtable will include a simulation that revolves around a potential geo-political crisis in near-future Algeria. Created by the Tufts chapter of ALLIES in conjunction with professional military advisers, the simulation participants will be tasked with analyzing the crisis from the prospective of different actors within Algeria. The student participants will be divided into four different teams and each team will be guided by a professional adviser. The simulation offers an opportunity for the Intellectual Roundtable to apply the knowledge that they have learned at the conference while simultaneously exploring the complex demands of an international emergency.


Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, February 26

10:00-12:00 Simulation, part I

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Simulation, part II


4:00-5:30 Panel I: Post-Arab Spring Civil-Military Relations in MENA (ASEAN)

7:00-8:30 Keynote Address

Thursday, February 27

10:00-10:30 ALLIES Joint Research Project Presentation

10:30-12:00 Panel II: Civil-Military Collaboration in Security Sector Reform

12:00-1:00 Student Lunch

1:30-3:00 Breakout Session

3:30-5:00 Panel III: The Impact of Civil-Military Relations on Political Decisions