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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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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No End in Sight in the Congo

  Images of men crouching with machine guns. Pictures of lifeless bodies in villages. Child soldiers, warlords, and massive carnage. Chances are, these are probably some of the first things you think of when you hear about the Congo. The DR Congo or Democratic Republic of Congo seems to be rife with human rights issues. […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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 […]

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The Future of Kosovo

  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, […]

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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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