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 Learning from Past Mistakes: Humanitarian Aid in Haiti

Over the past week, many of us have seen the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in our own backyards. It was reported as a Category 5 storm around late September and early October, with winds reaching over 160 miles per hour, and downgraded to a Category 4 storm as it hit land in the Caribbean. The…

Comments Off on Securing Lasting Peace and Justice in Colombia

  FACTS ABOUT THE CONFLICT IN COLOMBIA:   The conflict started in the 1960’s and has led to the death of 220,000 people and the internal displacement of nearly 6 million Colombians. To date, three sizeable armed organizations have fought to attain their political goals through violence – the left-wing Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia…

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Comments Off on Myanmar and the Karen Conflict: the Longest Civil War You Have Never Heard Of

  In a world where conflict arises from ethnic and religious differences, Myanmar is not often a name that is brought up, but perhaps represents one of the most complicated and longest cases of ongoing ethnic conflict in a country. Today, due to the internal ethnic conflict, it is estimated that almost one-and-a-half million people…

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Comments Off on Kickstarting the Six Party Talks : How to re-engage with North Korea

  Building off of the momentum generated by the Iran nuclear deal, some have considered whether the East Asian political climate is ripe for the resumption of nuclear negotiations with North Korea. While the extensive “Six-party” talks were unsuccessful, a general deterioration of Chinese-North Korean relations has upset the relationship between the two states, in…

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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…

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Comments Off on A Day that Changed Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Nelson Mandela Released from Prison 25 Years Ago

  Today marks the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. He went on to transform South Africa – ending apartheid and instituting democracy, a process of healing, and human rights. In the late 1980s, the South African government under F.W. de Klerk had made it clear that it was open to negotiations, and anticipation…

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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…

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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…

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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…