Kick-off of Intellectual Roundtable 2014

The 2014 Intellectual Roundtable kicks off tomorrow with a diplomatic crisis simulation exercise centering around a potential geo-political crisis in Algeria that would have consequences for the stability of the entire MENA region, with concerns for American interests as well. The simulation begins with a joint exercise between the US African Command (AFRICOM) and the Algerian National People’s Army (ANP), in the face of decreasing stability in the country, brought about by the significant inroads of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) into the southern portion of the country. Move 1 revolves around the increased threat of AQIM, which is coming into increased conflict with Algerian security forces, creating both human rights and stability concerns. Students will consider themselves advisors to the National Security Council and will evaluate the dangers to American interests in Algeria and possible strategies to confront them.

The even starts at 10:00 am in Alumnae Lounge, bringing together students from Tufts, West Point, the US Naval Academy, and TILIP international students. A full schedule of events can be found here.