At the height of the Refugee Crisis in 2015, Sweden was considered to be the biggest safe haven in all of Europe. In 2015 alone, Sweden took in nearly 163,000 refugees, including 35,000 unaccompanied minors. At its peak, refugees were arriving at a rate of 10,000 a week. This made them the largest per capita…

Comments Off on Reasons Why People Stay: A Look at the Islamic State’s Governance

On Wednesday, November 15th, the Reiff Center hosted Mara Revkin, a Yale Law graduate and PhD fellow who focuses her research on the civilians that live under ISIS rule. Her research currently consists of interviews with citizens who lived under the Islamic State and figuring out their reasons for continuing to stay under their governance. These…

Comments Off on The Unfinished Story of Women’s Rights in Tunisia

Very few people predicted a revolution in Tunisia in 2010. Even less expected that the self-immolation of street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in protest against rising unemployment and price increases would spark calls for regime change. And perhaps no one expected to hear the equal amount of female voices calling “bread, water, and no Ben Ali” during…

Though no longer as prevalent in the news as it was several weeks ago, conflict and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is still raging today.  Between an economic disaster, a failing health care system, an authoritarian dictatorship and violent protests, the country is in a state of chaos and unrest. This article analyzes how a country so…

Comments Off on Going Your Own Path: Second Professional Development Workshop

On Monday, November 6th, the Reiff Center at CNU hosted alumna Margot Conover (’09) to discuss with CNU students the skills needed to pursue careers in environmental sustainability, international development, and human rights. While at CNU, Ms. Conover majored in Government, and then, after graduating, attended the University of Chicago and majored in International Relations….

Comments Off on There’s a Lot to Work On: Israel and Palestine

On Monday, October 23rd, The Reiff Center welcomed Mr. Ori Nir and Mr. Ghaith al-Omari to CNU. The men discussed the current state of what has been a hot topic for over fifty years: Israeli-Palestinian relations. Rooted deeply in religious and political conflict (Israelis are Jewish and Palestinians are Muslim), the two countries have long…

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Comments Off on Conflict in Yemen: The World’s Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis

Since the new millennium, few global issues have taken a more prominent place in the American zeitgeist than the ever vague ‘conflict in the Middle East’. From the invasion of Iraq to the toppling of Gaddafi to the Syrian civil war, the American public has been inundated with images and field reports from throughout region….

Comments Off on How Dealing with Nuclear Powers Isn’t A Simple Fix: Iran and North Korea

On Monday, October 2nd, the Reiff Center hosted Dr. Michael Poznansky and Dr. Rachel Whitlark, both experts in political science dealing with topics related to security. The entire room was packed, all intent to listen to what the experts had to say. Opening Statements Each speaker was allotted between five – seven minutes of talking…

Comments Off on Brutality Under the Badge – Corruption and Violence inside Mexico’s Police Force

In Mexico, torture, enforced disappearances, and murder are common occurrences. The torture can include beatings, waterboarding, electric shocks, and sexual abuse. Citizens go missing never to be heard from or seen again. The large number of killings has investigators overwhelmed and many bodies go unidentified. This sounds like the work of the drug cartels, but…

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…