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On Wednesday, September 13th, Reiff Center Director Dr. Suparna Chaudhry  led a professional development workshop for CNU students who were interested in learning more about being successful in the field of Human Rights. She was joined by the Director of the CNU Center for Career Planning, Libby Westley, and countless students of CNU that evening, all…

Comments Off on Corruption in Romania: Old Habits are Hard to Break

Romania is not a country that you hear about often in the news. Located along the Black Sea, the country has not been in the center of Eastern European crises, such as the mass refugee migrations that have shaken Hungary and Bulgaria. Though Romania may not be a sexy topic as far as international politics…

Comments Off on Is There a Connection Between Brexit and Xenophobia?

On June 23rd, a referendum was held in the United Kingdom where over 30 million people voted on whether or not the country should stay in the European Union. The Leave Campaign won by 52% to 48%, shocking Europe and the rest of the world. Background To fully understand why the UK voted in favor…

Comments Off on Behind Turkey’s Failed Military Coup

  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…

More than half of the world's refugees are children. This girl is from Syria. Source: Bengin Ahmad, Creative Commons
Comments Off on The Mediterranean Refugee and Migration Crisis: An Italian Perspective

  For better or for worse, in an international system, outcomes in one state can have far reaching consequences. This is especially prevalent in Italy as I witnessed first hand last semester (as a study abroad student) of how refugees can effect state policies. Although refugees have continued to come from the Middle East for…

The Albanian double-headed eagle in the evening sunlight. Source: Tina Kempin Reuter
Comments Off on Countering Religious Extremism in a Human Rights Context: The Use of Social Media

  On May 28-30 Kosovo held its 4th International interfaith Conference highlighting the role, experience and contribution of Kosovo and the Balkan region to the global debate on promoting interfaith dialogue and countering violent extremism. The conference is the flagship event of Interfaith Kosovo initiative, bringing together civil society activists, faith leaders, diplomats and academics…

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Comments Off on Kiss me, I’m Irish: First popular vote to approve gay marriage

  As many of you may have seen in the news, the Irish people voted on may 22nd, 2015,  62% in favor of a constitutional amendment that will allow people, regardless of sexual orientation to marry freely in the Republic. This vote is a historic milestone for human rights advancement. For the first time in…

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  As Greece continues to spiral out of control financially, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has ordered local governments to transfer their reserve funds to the central bank. This decree has come at a time of dire straits for Greece.  EU negotiations over another Greek bailout are at a standstill and Tsipras needs money to…

Turkish neighborhood in Skopje, Macedonia. Source: Panoramas, Creative Commons
Comments Off on The Plight of Albanians in Macedonia and the Country’s future in Europe

  On Tuesday, March 31st, the Reiff Center had the pleasure of hosting Ermira Mehmeti, a member of Parliament from the Republic of Macedonia. Miss Mehmeti is one of the youngest members of the Macedonian Parliament, and was just recently reelected to her third consecutive term. She holds a master’s degree in comparative politics from…

Refugees from Kosovo crossing into neighboring Albania. Source: Cliff, Creative Commons
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  Kosovo, one of the mysteries of the world to most of today’s Americans. This small, “newborn nation” in South Eastern Europe presents an interesting case when looking at self-determination, ethnic conflict, and human rights. To allow us better insight into this complex case, the Reiff Center hosted the Former Ambassador of Kosovo to Japan,…