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…

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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…

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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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  On July 15th 2016 just before 11:00 pm, the country of Turkey experienced its fifth military coup in the past 60 years. However, this illegal attempt to overthrow the government was different from the others, and there is still missing information regarding what happened. This post analyzes the causes of the coup by examining Turkey’s…

Comments Off on North Korea: How Kim Jung-Un Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

  Just recently, after a magnitude 5.3 earthquake was detected in South Korea, North Korean officials in Pyongyang claimed that they had successfully completed their fifth nuclear test, a 10-kiloton nuclear warhead that could be mounted onto a ballistic missile. To put into perspective the amount of damage a 10 kiloton nuclear bomb could cause, Little…

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Reiff Center For Human Rights and Conflict Resolution or Christopher Newport University. As anyone who has watched the primary debates knows, political positions are often magnified during presidential campaigns. Candidates differentiate themselves from…

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Comments Off on The Refugee Crisis – Problems and Solutions

Special Contribution by Christopher Newport University Junior, Nathan Sieminski   Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Reiff Center For Human Rights and Conflict Resolution or Christopher Newport University. Background Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa currently face one…