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 […]

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From CNU to Uganda – Matt Killham is changing the world

By Matt Killham. As a freshman at Christopher Newport University, I was very engaged in the volunteer spirit that was prevalent throughout the student body.  The number of people willing to help out was only matched by the number of volunteering opportunities available.  While some people tackled environmental sustainability or cancer research and awareness, my passion […]

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How to remember the victims?

Today is the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which marks the anniversary of the liberation of concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is dedicated to honor the victims of the Nazi genocide and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.   Never before have we remembered victims of mass atrocities as we have today, particularly […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s impact on international human rights

  We all know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the civil rights and anti-discrimination movement in the United States and we admire him as a hero of Gandhian style non-violence and civil disobedience. But as we celebrate his memory and life today, we have to ask ourselves: What is Dr. King’s impact […]

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Combining human rights and conflict resolution

  Why establish a Center that combines human rights and conflict resolution? Looking around, most academic centers focus on either one or the other. In fact, the two approaches often stand at odds with each other. Despite many similarities between conflict resolution and human rights – both aim to end human suffering and improve individual […]

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