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…

Comments Off on Reasons Why People Stay: A Look at the Islamic State’s Governance

On Wednesday, November 15th, the Reiff Center hosted Mara Revkin, a Yale Law graduate and PhD fellow who focuses her research on the civilians that live under ISIS rule. Her research currently consists of interviews with citizens who lived under the Islamic State and figuring out their reasons for continuing to stay under their governance. These…

Comments Off on The Unfinished Story of Women’s Rights in Tunisia

Very few people predicted a revolution in Tunisia in 2010. Even less expected that the self-immolation of street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in protest against rising unemployment and price increases would spark calls for regime change. And perhaps no one expected to hear the equal amount of female voices calling “bread, water, and no Ben Ali” during…

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…