Considering the Foreign Service: Event Recap

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution co-sponsored an event with the Department of Political Science at Christopher Newport University to bring Dr. Dan Whitman to speak on his almost 25-year tenure with the U.S. Foreign Service, spanning positions in Africa, Europe, and Haiti. More specifically, he spent […]

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The Consequences of Nikki Haley’s Resignation from Ambassador to the U.N.

On October 9th, President Donald Trump announced the resignation of Nimrata “Nikki” Haley from her post as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Haley will leave her post by the end of this year. Coming just four weeks before the midterm elections, this unexpected announcement was a surprise to the public, as well […]

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Anti-Kabila Protests Raise Questions on Strength of the DRC’s Democracy

Protests against Joseph Kabila’s government are nothing new, but the latest violence at recent protests on Jan. 21 and Feb. 25 have increased the call for the president of 17 years to step down. Violent repression against these protests has seemed to increase in the past two years, especially after Kabila has stayed in power […]

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Sweden’s Refugee Dilemma

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 […]

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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 […]

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Turmoil in Venezuela

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Yes You Can: How to Get the Most Out of a Human Rights Career

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 […]

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