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  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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  Dr. Theodore Reiff honored Christopher Newport University by presenting his lecture, The Subversion of the Learned Professions: Medicine to the LifeLong Learning Society and the Reiff Center. Dr. Reiff, a retired Medical Doctor, experienced and lived through the devolution of American Medicine under its profits based system, and argues that the Doctors have lost their…

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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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  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…

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  This past week, The Reiff Center was honored to co-sponsor an event dealing with the sensitive, but critical issue of Race. An event entitled Lessons from Ferguson: Race, Law Enforcement and the Potential Abuse of Power explored various aspects of the issues of race and law in the Ferguson crisis, inviting perspectives from a…

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Comments Off on Investigating War Crimes: Bringing Demons to Justice

The international community is a confusing one with political gridlock and national interests stalling imperative decisions. I find that the challenges facing the UN are daunting and will continue to plague the world for years to come. Even so, I am not a pessimist, I believe the UN and other international organizations complete incredible tasks…

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Comments Off on Humanitarian and Human Rights Work: Two Sides of the Same Coin

  The art of listening is often lost in our modern world of hustle and bustle, but I find that it is the most critical skill in working towards solving human rights issues worldwide. Dr. Arancha Garcia Del Soto of Fordham University came to Christopher Newport University to discuss the importance of listening and the…

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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…