Russia’s Revival of “The Third Rome”?

By Vakhtang Kiziriya, Contributor  According to Filofei’s envisioned doctrine, the fledgling Muscovite state was bound to assume the legacy of a failed Rome and Byzantine Empire to become a spiritual and political leader of the world. The mythical concept of the Russian state as the the Third Rome or the messianic Christian Empire rising to fulfill an … Continue reading Russia’s Revival of “The Third Rome”?

Saudi Arabia and Human Rights: The Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

By Christian Hess, Contributor We must always remind ourselves that journalists must not only be able to report on events as they occur, but to also be able to do so without fear for their lives or otherwise. By honoring those like Jamal Khashoggi and sharing his story, we can assure his sacrifice is not forgotten … Continue reading Saudi Arabia and Human Rights: The Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

The Convergence of Activism and Academia at the Oslo Freedom Forum

By Lillian Hussong, Contributor “Once people begin to believe, at least in principle, in human equality, there is no logical limit to the expansion of human rights and self-determination.” —Martha Finnemore I was one of six graduate students from the Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs who travelled to Norway to attend the 10th annual … Continue reading The Convergence of Activism and Academia at the Oslo Freedom Forum

Human Rights Violations of Homosexuals in Chechen Republic

By Christian Hess, Contributor Within the first few months of 2017, reports emerged from the Chechen Republic that homosexual men were abducted from their homes. From there, they were sent to make-shift concentration camps where they were beaten and electrocuted. The leader of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov denied these reports. He stated there were no … Continue reading Human Rights Violations of Homosexuals in Chechen Republic

Muddy Boots and Leather Satchels: An Assessment of Civil-Military Relations in the 21st Century America

By Richard M. O’Meara1, Contributor Is it possible that in the next political generation, all important functions of the United States Government will be accomplished by soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines? The current ascendance of Generals James Mathis at the Department of Defense, James Kelly as the President’s Chief of Staff, and H. R. McMaster at … Continue reading Muddy Boots and Leather Satchels: An Assessment of Civil-Military Relations in the 21st Century America