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  This past Thursday, the Reiff Center had the pleasure of hosting a discussion entitled: “China on the World State: Understanding China’s Military Rise and Human Rights Record,” and welcomed two esteemed guest panelists to Christopher Newport University. Our first panelist, Dr. Larry Wortzel, is a former Army intelligence officer and eight-term Commissioner of the…

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Comments Off on The Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean Panel Recap

  A quick author’s note: Dear reader, This article is a recap a discussion hosted by the Reiff Center and the Rumi forum about the Mediterranean refugee crisis. Amongst other topics in this article, I will be mentioning the Islamic State. However, from this point on, I will be referring to the Islamic State only…

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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. The Reiff Center recently had the pleasure of co-hosting the Second Annual Conference on Social Movements and Democracy. This broad topic…

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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. The Reiff Center at Christopher Newport University is partnering with The Center for Community Engagement and the Rumi Forum for Interfaith…

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Comments Off on Passion and Commitment: Parvez Choudhry and Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

  One of the most controversial events following the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges was without a doubt county clerk Kim Davis’ refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Rowan County, Kentucky. Davis, after defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses, spent five days in jail for refusing to…

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  The current state of the Middle East is one of the most chaotic and turbulent times in modern history – with the rise of ISIS and other militant groups, ethnic tensions and conflicts within countries, and a failure of governance in not one, but many of the Middle Eastern countries. Last week, The Reiff…

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  On September 10th CNU’s Reiff Center, the Center for American Studies, and the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula featured a panel of experts who presented arguments for and against the adoption of the contentious Iran deal. CNU’s Dr. Nathan Busch provided the audience with a brief background on the Iran agreement, highlighting…

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Comments Off on Let’s make a Deal: The Iranian Nuclear Negotiation

  Quite possibly one of the most contentious issues in world politics as of late, the Iranian Nuclear Deal has thoroughly divided Americans. Depending upon the individual you talk to, people have either praised the diplomatic acumen of the Obama administration or likened it to Chamberlain’s appeasement policy towards Hitler. Regardless of the current backlash…

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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…

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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,…