In Conversation With Dr. Miranda Melcher: Civil Wars – Beyond the Headlines

For decades, the news media has regularly reported on civil wars occurring in all parts of the world, with some seemingly never-ending.

Please join the Yale International Alliance to delve beyond the headlines and understand what defines a civil war, and how civil wars relate to revolutions and political violence. Why are there so many and why do they last so long? Can they be ended, and if so, then how?

What: In Conversation With Dr. Miranda Melcher: Civil Wars – Beyond the Headlines

When: Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 12:00pm ET/ 5:00pm GMT

Where: online

Registration: Register Here

About Dr. Miranda Melcher:

Dr. Miranda Melcher is a teacher, researcher, and author. She earned her PhD on post-conflict military reconstruction from King’s College London’s Defence Studies Department, following her MA in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London and her BA in Political Science from Yale (Branford College). Her doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with deep analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars.

Premiering the Yale International Alliance Film Society

Yale International Alliance presents the YIA Film Society, bringing together film enthusiasts from our global alumni community to discuss and share ideas on movies from around the world.

The YIA Film Society will meet the third weekend of each month – times will vary to accommodate different time zones aiming for inclusion of participants from diverse geographical regions. Save the date for the premier event on Saturday, January 15, 2022 and stay tuned for details!

Environmental and Economic Opportunities for Growth and Development in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

A practical and open discussion between Haitian and Dominican thought leaders focused on the environment as a uniting concern towards the creation of a bi-national sustainable development framework. After the webinar the YIA will convene a working group for those interested in continuing the discussions.

The dialogue was locally organized by Gerald McElroy, Yale ’09 (Haiti) and Anton Tejeda, Yale ’88 (Dominican Republic).

When: Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm ET

Where: online

Registration: Register Here


  • Professor Gordon Geballe, Associate Dean for Student International Engagement, Lecturer in Urban Ecology Yale School of the Environment
  • Dave Fils-Aimé, Yale College ‘10

Haitian Panelists:

  • Guy Francois, Former Minister of the Diaspora
  • Joseph Harold Pierre, Economist
  • Michèle Pierre Louis, Former Prime Minister and Founder of FOKAL

Dominican Panelists: 

  • Eladio Fernández, Nature Conservation Expert and Photographer
  • Milagros De Camps, Vice Minister, Ministry of Environment (Yale MA ‘17)
  • Prof. Víctor Gómez Valenzuela, Environmental Economist and Professor at INTEC

In Conversation With Carla Power, Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, on her new book

How do we deal with extremism, both at home and abroad? Can deradicalization work? How can polarized societies heal? 

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Carla Power discusses her new book Home, Land, Security – Deradicalization and the Journey back from Extremism with author of Choked and former AP reporter Beth Gardiner. 

What: In Conversation With Carla Power on her new book Home, Land, Security 

When: Friday, November 19, 2021 | 12:00pm ET/ 5:00pm GMT

Where: online

Watch the recording here

About Carla Power:

Carla Power is a London-based journalist, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for If the Oceans Were Ink, and author of newly released Home, Land, Security. She started her career at Newsweek Magazine focusing on Muslim societies, global social issues, and culture, reporting from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She has written for a wide range of publications, from Vogue and Time to The New York Times MagazineThe Guardian, and Foreign Policy. Carla holds a B.A. from Yale, a M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford, and a degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. 

About Beth Gardiner:

Beth Gardiner is a London-based environmental journalist. Her book, Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution, made the Guardian’s Best of 2019 list, and was a finalist for the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society book award. Beth wrote the cover story for National Geographic’s April 2021 issue, and her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, HuffPost, Yale Environment 360 and Smithsonian. She’s a two-time fellow of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a former longtime Associated Press reporter, and a member of the Yale Class of 1993. 

Virtual Series on Global Citizenship

Join the Yale International Alliance’s Virtual Series on Global Citizenship, starting June 27 at 10 a.m. EDT. The series begins with a Spotlight Q&A from Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, UK followed by Local Voices, Global Insights: Governance in Times of Crises: How can global citizens ensure that government works for all? Governments around the world may differ in their structures, freedoms, and resources, but the need for civic engagement by individuals and organizations is nearly universal. In this panel discussion, experts in politics and governance will discuss the role of each citizen in promoting inclusive and accountable government that operates in the public interest and establishing constructive political norms today and for future generations.

Register Here.

Yale International Alliance meeting at the 2015 AYA assembly

The Yale International Alliance held a special meeting at November’s AYA Assembly to discuss the needs of international Yale Clubs and what the YIA could do to help.  Nearly 20 alumni leaders representing over 10 countries held a lively discussion around the fact that international alumni can feel very isolated. In response to this the YIA presented three solutions it is using to help international alumni feel like they are more connected to the Yale community:

1. The YIA website and social media, which can be used by international alumni to advertise events or news in their region:

2. Career panels and mentoring programmes aimed to connect Yalies with alumni around the world

3. Virtual lectures through the Shindig virtual platform

Over the next year the YIA will be working with international Yale Clubs to help them connect with the larger Yale community.  Please get in touch if you have any ideas or would like more information:

REMINDER: Safe Cities – YIA Virtual Lecture by Enrique Betancourt

Date: March 26, 2014

Time: 8pm EST

2013 Yale World Fellow Enrique Betancourt will be giving the March YIA Virtual Lecture on Safe Cities.

Enrique is an architect and urban planner who has served in shaping the Mexican government’s social policies. He is interested in how chronic violence affects human development, and how architecture can influence this.

Global Citizen: Dubai

Yale Arab Alumni Association in collaboration with the YIA present:

The Global Citizen: Dubai

March 20, 2013
6-9 PM
Conrad Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

The Yale Arab Alumni Association (YAAA) invites you to attend our symposium, The Global Citizen: Dubai.  Spend an evening with our alumni and friends as we hear from keynote speaker Mark Dollhopf, Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni, and leaders in various industries as they reflect on their projects and careers in the Arab world. Then stay for our networking mixer and discuss the development of the Yale Arab Alumni Association and the exciting programming the AYA has happening around the globe.

Current Challenges to Humanitarian Action (live & virtual)

Current Challenges to Humanitarian Action – Marc DuBois; YIA’s February Virtual Lecture

Date:   12 February 2014

Time:  6:30pm for refreshments; talk starts at 7pm GMT / 2pm EST

Venue: Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

3rd Floor

67 -74 Saffron Hill

London EC1N 8QX

We will also broadcast this live via Ustream and it will be made available for later viewing via our Ustream channel as well. Continue reading