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ALLIANCE, relationship. The union or connexion of two persons or families by marriage, which is also called affinity. This is derived from the Latin preposition ad and ligare, to bind. Vide Inst 1, 10, 6; Dig 38, 10, 4, 3; and Affinity.

ALLIANCE, international law. A contract, treaty, or league between two sovereigns or states, made to insure their safety and common defence.
     2. Alliances made for warlike purposes are divided in general into defensive and offensive; in the former the nation only engages to defend her ally in case he be attacked; in the latter she unites with him for the purpose of making an attack, or jointly waging the war against another nation. Some alliances are both offensive and defensive; and there seldom is an offensive alliance which is not also defensive. Vattel, B. 3, c. 6, Sec. 79; 2 Dall. 15.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The first Alliance Francaise was established in Sri Lanka in 1955 under the name "Alliance Francaise de Ceylan" and the Alliance Francaise de Ceylan was referred to as Alliance Francaise de Colombo, thus there has never been an incorporated body under the name and style "Alliance Francaise de Colombo", it pleads.
* There is much less risk that the management of the alliance partner will depart (which often happens with acquisitions).
A note of caution here: While it is important to have an idea of the mission of the alliance early in development, that mission cannot become so pre-determined that no one beyond the initial group will be interested in alliance membership.
The Star Alliance will get rid of its regional membership scheme, according to sources in the alliance.
Participation in community development responds directly to the "guiding principles" expressed in the Alliance report: "Poverty leads to despair, a sense of injustice, and alienation that, when combined with political grievances, can foster extremism.
The investors pointed out that, in connection with revelations of fraud at Parmalat, Grant Thornton International (GTI) disciplined partners at the Italian firm and ultimately expelled the Italian firm from the alliance. The court found this conduct demonstrated GTI's control over the activities of Grant Thornton Italy.
This forum allows all the SSA partners to share concerns and discuss lessons learned; and most important, it allows the government and suppliers to develop operational and strategic process improvements that benefit all of the alliances. Some round tables are held at DSCR but most are held at varying supplier sites.
Berntsen's ability to speak Farsi, a close cousin of Dari, spoken by many Northern Alliance fighters was a critical factor in his ability to make personal connections quickly.
The solutions that the alliance partners offer include: managing and monitoring BEA WebLogic Server 9.0 (WLS) in pre-production, deployment, and live production environments while helping to optimize uptime and application performance.
Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services, a membership alliance for independent insurance agencies, has announced that two Miami, Fla.-based independent insurance agencies have recently joined the Alliance.
SLFP Parliamentarian and United People's Freedom Alliance General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera had said this week that they agreed on the name 'Sri Lanka Nidahas Podujana Peramuna' for the proposed alliance.