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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…

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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 at Christopher Newport University is partnering with The Center for Community Engagement and the Rumi Forum for Interfaith…

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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. As anyone who has watched the primary debates knows, political positions are often magnified during presidential campaigns. Candidates differentiate themselves from…

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Special Contribution by Christopher Newport University Junior, Nathan Sieminski   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. Background Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa currently face one…

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Comments Off on Setting the Record Straight: Changing Columbus Day

  I remember when I was much younger that fall always marked a time of change and festivity. In elementary school, I recall drawing pumpkins, making hand turkeys, and hearing about the same stories that were at the core of the American mythos. Dashing heroes down on their luck, which were able to rise to…

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Comments Off on 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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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…

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  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…

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  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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  On September 10th CNU’s Reiff Center, the Center for American Studies, and the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula featured a panel of experts who presented arguments for and against the adoption of the contentious Iran deal. CNU’s Dr. Nathan Busch provided the audience with a brief background on the Iran agreement, highlighting…