WIIS New England is a WIIS U.S. chapter based in Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded in 2007 by women from Brandeis University, Tufts University, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mariya Ilyas is a graduate student at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) with concentrations in international security and global maritime studies. She was born in Pakistan and was raised in Alexandria, VA, outside the nation's capital: growing up in two cultures had a profound impact on her desire to pursue a career in international affairs. She is grateful to Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which will help her pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. diplomat. Prior to Fletcher she worked in both the public and private sectors: serving as a Fulbright Fellow in Turkey, entering at the The White House and the U.S. Department of State, and working for a fortunate-100 company in Boston for two years. Mariya graduated from Bowdoin College in 2013, where she majored in mathematics and minored in sociology and government. She enjoys blogging, baking and learning about different cultures.
March 24, 2015: WIIS New England, in collaboration with Fletcher Global Women, hosted a discussion on "Achieving Inclusive Security in Syria." Carrie O’Neil of the Institute for International Security and Professor Dyan Mazurana discussed the inclusion of women in decision-making about war and peace in Syria. A question and answer session followed this discussion.
March 31, 2015: WIIS New England hosted an event in partnership with the Fletcher Security Review on "The Military at Home and Out Front." This event will explore the personal experiences of active and prior duty military personnel, and explore current transitions and future challenges of the military.
November 19, 2014 : WIIS New England hosted a breakout session with Dr. Querine Hannon. She gave a talk at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and speak with WIIS members about her career.
December 2014 : WIIS New England coordinated a field trip to the U.S. Naval War College to participate in the second day of their Conference on Women, Peace, and Security. WIIS New England also coordinated a meet and greet event for WIIS members at the U.S. Naval War College and Security Studies students from the Boston area.
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