Comments Off on Changing Times in Cuba?

  For many college students spring is the time of travel and fun. With the warm weather comes a week off for students everywhere to kick back relax and travel to somewhere new. When a typical college student scans the possible spring break hot spots they might take pause on Cuba, a country in close…

Comments Off on Four Human Rights Situations to Watch in 2016

    In a fast moving world, it’s often hard to keep track of the many evolving Human Rights situations across the world. To help, we’ve compiled a list of four cases which may have flown under your radar. Please remember that the following is not complete in any way, but provides a snap shot…

Comments Off on Myanmar and the Karen Conflict: the Longest Civil War You Have Never Heard Of

  In a world where conflict arises from ethnic and religious differences, Myanmar is not often a name that is brought up, but perhaps represents one of the most complicated and longest cases of ongoing ethnic conflict in a country. Today, due to the internal ethnic conflict, it is estimated that almost one-and-a-half million people…

Comments Off on Finally, a Social Movement I Can Get Behind

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Reiff Center For Human Rights and Conflict Resolution or Christopher Newport University. The Reiff Center recently had the pleasure of co-hosting the Second Annual Conference on Social Movements and Democracy. This broad topic…

Comments Off on 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…

What is the future of the Middle East? Source: Wajahat Mahmood, Creative Commons
Comments Off on Middle East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences for the United States

  The current state of the Middle East is one of the most chaotic and turbulent times in modern history – with the rise of ISIS and other militant groups, ethnic tensions and conflicts within countries, and a failure of governance in not one, but many of the Middle Eastern countries. Last week, The Reiff…

Hundreds of people continue to arrive each day in Kibati. 2 million people are now displaced across the DRC; the highest figure the country has seen since 2009. 

(see blog, we do not dare to go home)
Comments Off on 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….

Turkish neighborhood in Skopje, Macedonia. Source: Panoramas, Creative Commons
Comments Off on 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…

Refugees from Kosovo crossing into neighboring Albania. Source: Cliff, Creative Commons
Comments Off on 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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Comments Off on 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…