Though no longer as prevalent in the news as it was several weeks ago, conflict and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is still raging today.  Between an economic disaster, a failing health care system, an authoritarian dictatorship and violent protests, the country is in a state of chaos and unrest. This article analyzes how a country so…

Comments Off on Going Your Own Path: Second Professional Development Workshop

On Monday, November 6th, the Reiff Center at CNU hosted alumna Margot Conover (’09) to discuss with CNU students the skills needed to pursue careers in environmental sustainability, international development, and human rights. While at CNU, Ms. Conover majored in Government, and then, after graduating, attended the University of Chicago and majored in International Relations….

Comments Off on There’s a Lot to Work On: Israel and Palestine

On Monday, October 23rd, The Reiff Center welcomed Mr. Ori Nir and Mr. Ghaith al-Omari to CNU. The men discussed the current state of what has been a hot topic for over fifty years: Israeli-Palestinian relations. Rooted deeply in religious and political conflict (Israelis are Jewish and Palestinians are Muslim), the two countries have long…

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Comments Off on Conflict in Yemen: The World’s Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis

Since the new millennium, few global issues have taken a more prominent place in the American zeitgeist than the ever vague ‘conflict in the Middle East’. From the invasion of Iraq to the toppling of Gaddafi to the Syrian civil war, the American public has been inundated with images and field reports from throughout region….

Comments Off on How Dealing with Nuclear Powers Isn’t A Simple Fix: Iran and North Korea

On Monday, October 2nd, the Reiff Center hosted Dr. Michael Poznansky and Dr. Rachel Whitlark, both experts in political science dealing with topics related to security. The entire room was packed, all intent to listen to what the experts had to say. Opening Statements Each speaker was allotted between five – seven minutes of talking…

Comments Off on Brutality Under the Badge – Corruption and Violence inside Mexico’s Police Force

In Mexico, torture, enforced disappearances, and murder are common occurrences. The torture can include beatings, waterboarding, electric shocks, and sexual abuse. Citizens go missing never to be heard from or seen again. The large number of killings has investigators overwhelmed and many bodies go unidentified. This sounds like the work of the drug cartels, but…

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Comments Off on Yes You Can: How to Get the Most Out of a Human Rights Career

On Wednesday, September 13th, Reiff Center Director Dr. Suparna Chaudhry  led a professional development workshop for CNU students who were interested in learning more about being successful in the field of Human Rights. She was joined by the Director of the CNU Center for Career Planning, Libby Westley, and countless students of CNU that evening, all…

Comments Off on Crossing The Red Line: United States Launches Military Airstrike Against Syria

For the residents of Khan Sheikhoun, the morning of April 4, 2017 was just another day of the ongoing civil war that has taken place in Syria since the year 2011. The residents were situated west of Aleppo in the Idlib Province. Numerous warring factions have claimed the lives of the town of around fifty…

Comments Off on Corruption in Romania: Old Habits are Hard to Break

Romania is not a country that you hear about often in the news. Located along the Black Sea, the country has not been in the center of Eastern European crises, such as the mass refugee migrations that have shaken Hungary and Bulgaria. Though Romania may not be a sexy topic as far as international politics…

Comments Off on The Rohingya: One of the Most Persecuted Minorities in the World

History The Rohingya are a small Muslim group of about 1.1 million people living primarily in Myanmar (Burma until 1989). Though many of them have been living in Myanmar for generations, and some have settled in Myanmar in a region known as the Rakhine State, or Arakan, as early as the 15th century, they are not…