Source:  Maxime Bonzi, Creative Commons
Comments Off on What’s a Diplomat to Do in this Uncertain World?

  American diplomacy has always been a cornerstone of American presence abroad, as we hold embassies or consulates in 190 countries, managing over 300 diplomatic missions. Career Diplomats are some of the most prestigious and well respected members of the United States Government. Working in tandem with US security forces, US diplomats protect and represent…

isiseffect_featured
Comments Off on How Can People Be So Evil? The Brutality of ISIS

  The brutality of the most recent killing  of a Jordanian air force pilot  by the terrorist group ISIS has shocked the world, even after multiple beheadings and other news of barbaric and systematic human rights violations. This begs the question: why are human beings so ruthless, so cruel, so brutal; killing without empathy for the…

JesuisCharlie_featured
Comments Off on Extremists in Paris: The Terrorist Attack on Charlie Hebdo (Part II)

    With John D’Angelo. There is still a lot we don’t know about Wednesday’s attack on the satirical magazine at Charlie Hebdo, discussed in yesterday’s blog post. What we do know is this: besides killing twelve people, these terrorists have attacked fundamental human rights, specifically the right to freedom of speech, expression, and press. The…

parispart1_featured
Comments Off on Extremists in Paris: The Terrorist Attack on Charlie Hebdo (Part I)

  With Daniel Falcone. My time in Paris was a beautiful and amazing experience. I climbed the Eiffel Tower, saw the Louvre, and the majestic arches of Notre Dame. Even so, there exists an overtone of a focus on security in the city. As I walked down the escalator on the Métro, I encountered a…

understandingukraine_featured
Comments Off on From a Revolution in Orange to Ukrainian Blues: Understanding the Ukraine Crisis

  On November 6th, the Reiff center at Christopher Newport University in conjunction with the Alexander Hamilton Society and the Center for American Studies at CNU had a panel of experts give insight into the current conflict in the Ukraine. These experts were Christopher Newport University’s very own, Dr. Tatiana Rizova, along with Dr. Gerard…

armedconflict_featured
Comments Off on The Future of Armed Conflict – Lt. General McMaster

  This past week, the Reiff Center had the great honor of hosting a spectacular event, regarding the future of armed conflict. We would like to thank all of the people who came together to make this event a success: The World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads, whose generous support is always greatly appreciated…

gaza_featured
Comments Off on The Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the aftermath of the Gaza war

  Before I begin writing about the details of the speaker, I have to first relate a quick anecdote. I remember having a discussion with a friend about the recent bombing in Israel and Palestine and he said something that still registers with me today, “Its hard to pick a side to hate because both…

isiswho_featured
Comments Off on ISIS Who? Understanding the current crisis in Iraq

To many people, the mere mention of Iraq conjures up an unfavorable war that dominated headlines for years. With the advent of the recent violence in Iraq, it comes as no surprise that people everywhere are fervently expressing their views on the subject. Even though many will inevitably draw comparisons between the Iraq conflict that…

arabspring_featured
Comments Off on The Arab Spring in Egypt: Not Done Yet

  The Arab Spring denotes a series of uprisings throughout North Africa and the Middle East. The various revolutions stem from a Tunisian vendor setting himself aflame to protest the Tunisian government and the dreadful economic conditions of the state. Several other countries followed the Tunisian example and fostered street protests, peaceful and violent. Entire…

malimodel_featured
Comments Off on Mali as a Model for Future International Intervention

Following former Foreign Service Officer Judy Buelow’s lecture on Practical Peace Building in Mali, a few questions came to my mind. Can international intervention end a civil conflict effectively? How can outsiders bring peace to a nation ravaged by the total collapse of its government post-coup d’état, torn apart by Islamic militant groups? After pondering…