Institute for Policy Research
The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is a global community of scholars, researchers, and professionals. Our Fellows, scholars, associated professionals and students have been serving the Church, the nation, and the world since our founding in 1974.
IPR Director Robert A. Destro
confirmed as Ass't Secretary of State for Human Rights, Democracy and Labor.
The latest article in America Magazine by Dr. Cusimano Love: "A new nuclear arms race? How the U.S. withdrawing from a treaty with Russia increases the risk."
Destro founded the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion at The Catholic University of America, and is a prominent human rights attorney. He has been the Director of IPR since June, 2017. More
IPR Fellow, Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love is a tenured Associate Professor of International Relations. She serves on: the U.S. Catholic Bishops' International Justice and Peace Committee. Read the Article.
NEW! IPR Fellow and podcast host Matthew Foley, J.D. discusses blockchain technology and what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
IPR Fellow Matt Foley has a new podcast called "My Digital Self." Find it here, and on
His Eminence Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel
of Ethiopia Visits Catholic University's Weiner Collection of Ethiopic Manuscripts.
The collection of more than 600 handmade leather manuscripts is one of the most important collections of Ethiopian religious texts in the United States.
Jeremy Brown, (left) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures shows one of the manuscripts to Cardinal Souraphiel and Fitsum Arega,(right) Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S.
A handmade page of one book, intricately illuminated, is typical of the collection that is stored within CUA’s Institute of Christian Oriental Research (ICOR), a research auxiliary of the Semitics department.
Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel travelled from Addis Ababa to Washington, D.C. to meet with the largest diaspora community of Ethiopians in the U.S. The Cardinal heads the Peace and Reconciliation Committee in his country, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year for its efforts to resolve long-standing conflicts with neighboring Eritrea, and for “important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future.” The Cardinal also visited The Catholic University of America to meet with President Garvey, students in Dr. Cusimano Love's Politics class, and the Curator and staff of the Semitics/ICOR Collections.
Interview: Sen Nieh of the China Working Group
Tuidang: "Quitting the Party" Gaining Momentum
Sen Nieh, chair and professor, mechanical engineering was interviewed by The Epoch Times about a petition that seeks White House support to break ties with the Chinese communist party.
Announcing: From Dr. Cusimano Love
May 25-29, 2020
Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office
1400 16th St., NW, Ste. 120
Episode 1: Dr. Dennis Nilsen & Dr. Srdja Trifković. Trifkovic is the editor at Chronicles Magazine for foreign affairs, professor of international relations at the University of Banja Luka, and renowned expert on the politics and history of the Balkans. Nilsen holds a PhD in Politics from the Catholic University of America (2018) and has spent almost ten years teaching politics and history at the university level.
Africa Working Group Hosts Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Liberia (CABICOL).
Left to right) Albi Gbi Toe, Sr.; Fr. Bathelemy Bazemo, Fr. Aniedi Okure, Exec. Dir. Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN); Bishop Anthony Borwah, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Liberia (CABICOL), Robert Destro, Dir. IPR; Sr. Eucharia, (AFJN); Ntama Bahati, (AFJN) ; Tim Siklo.
Interfaith Group Raises Awareness of Ongoing Genocide and Persecution of Rohingya and Kachin peoples in Myanmar.
IPR Fellow Marshall Breger, an expert in International Law (2nd from the right) meets with an interfaith task force working on the humanitarian crisis in the Rohingya and Kachin populations in Myanmar. From the left, Joe Murray of First Principles Strategies; U Shwe Maung, fmr. member of the Myanmar Parliament; Imam Malik Majahid, Chair of the Burma Task Force, USA; Sut Nau Ndayu, U.S. President of the Kachin National Organization; and Rabbi Michael Safra. On Thursday, Dec. 13, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 394 to 1, (with 38 not voting) to declare the violence against the Rohingya a genocide, and condemned the arrest of two Reuter's journalists who reported on mass graves in the country.
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