Comments Off on Reflections on my summer internship with the International Rescue Committee

This summer, I worked as a Casework Intern with the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville, Virginia. As someone who holds a particular interest in refugee crises, working for a nonprofit organization such as IRC was a dream of mine. While the IRC assists many people from refugees, to asylum seekers, to human trafficking victims, IRC…

Comments Off on Autocratic Populism: Examining Turkey and the United States

Throughout the duration of the Fall semester, the Reiff Center hosted a variety of thought provoking events that engaged not only Christopher Newport University students and faculty, but also members of the Newport News and surrounding communities. One such event was a lecture given by Dr. Kimberly Guiler, a Research Fellow with the Middle East…

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In November of 2012, Russia passed the infamous “Foreign Agent Law” that requires all organizations participating in political activities and receiving foreign funding to register with the state as foreign agents. This law follows Putin’s agenda to repress civil society to protect national security, but that repression has proved detrimental to human rights in Russia…

Comments Off on The Consequences of Nikki Haley’s Resignation from Ambassador to the U.N.

On October 9th, President Donald Trump announced the resignation of Nimrata “Nikki” Haley from her post as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Haley will leave her post by the end of this year. Coming just four weeks before the midterm elections, this unexpected announcement was a surprise to the public, as well…

Comments Off on Popular Uprisings and Mass Killings: How Are They Related?

On Thursday, September 27th, the Reiff Center at CNU hosted Dr. Evan Perkoski, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He spoke to a crowd of CNU students, professors, and members of the Newport News community regarding mass killings during popular uprisings. Dr. Perkoski began by discussing the…

Comments Off on Police Forces in India & the US: They’re Actually Related

On Wednesday, February 28th, the Reiff Center at CNU hosted Dr. Rachel Wahl, an Assistant Professor in the Leadership, Foundations, and Policies Department at the University of Virginia. She spoke to a filled crowd of CNU students, discussing the ways in which police forces interact with their communities. First, she explained her previous studies with…

Comments Off on Anti-Kabila Protests Raise Questions on Strength of the DRC’s Democracy

Protests against Joseph Kabila’s government are nothing new, but the latest violence at recent protests on Jan. 21 and Feb. 25 have increased the call for the president of 17 years to step down. Violent repression against these protests has seemed to increase in the past two years, especially after Kabila has stayed in power…

The general view of XXX ahead of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on January 19, 2017 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
Comments Off on Can the Olympics facilitate peace on the Korean Peninsula?

Potential conflict involving North Korea, South Korea, and the United States has recently become one of the world’s most pressing geopolitical issues, and the rhetorical and military situation on the peninsula has only become more fractured in the last 18 months. In the shadow of these increased tensions, the Olympics have been a stage not…

Comments Off on Sweden’s Refugee Dilemma

At the height of the Refugee Crisis in 2015, Sweden was considered to be the biggest safe haven in all of Europe. In 2015 alone, Sweden took in nearly 163,000 refugees, including 35,000 unaccompanied minors. At its peak, refugees were arriving at a rate of 10,000 a week. This made them the largest per capita…