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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 Fellow Chen Guangcheng has a new article in the Washington Post. "Warning:  Chinese authoritarianism is hazaardous to your health."

IPR Fellow Jim Quirk (CUA '91, '03) meets with Open World Leadership Program delegates at the Library of Congress

IPR Fellow Matthew Foley discusses blockchain technology and what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Chen Guangcheng writes: 

The Chinese Communist Party has once again proved that authoritarianism is dangerous — not just for human rights but also for public health. Confronted with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, the CCP has instinctively reverted to its familiar tool kit: It immediately staged a large-scale lockdown of people and information at the expense of the public good.  More


IPR Podcast

IPR Fellow Matt Foley hosts the IPR podcast "My Digital Self." Find it here, and on 

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Furthermore, the posting of podcasts, lectures, interviews, or other materials to the Institute for Policy Research website do not constitute acceptance, approval, or agreement with the views expressed by the Fellow presenting the materials and/or the interviewed party.


These postings are made to further academic discussion and dialogue on the important topics and issues of our time as raised by our Fellows.

A New Documentary by Studia Meona

Directed by D.Mills,

Consulting by G.C. Chen

For more information, contact the

The Heart of Virtue According to Romano Guardini
by Rev. Eugene Hemrick

In Loyola University's bookstore in Chicago, my eye caught The Virtues by Romano Guardini. Small in size and inexpensive I purchased it never imagining it would be the basis of my homilies, articles and retreats during fifty-four years of priesthood. Nor did I envision it turning my four years of studying moral theology in Latin inside out, and then later inspiring me to write The Promise of Virtue, a companion to it. 

What attracted me in The Virtues is its focus on the challenges, foes and needed strength involved in being the authentic human person God desires of us. 

During the occasion of his death on October 1, 1968, theologian Karl Rahner recalled Guardini was born into a Catholic church that saw itself "as an intellectually, culturally and humanly self-sufficient closed society, on the defensive, seeking to win support by her conservatism." 

Rahner recalled that Guardini saw the church different, needing to take a new stance that "plunges into the situation of the time, giving and also ready to receive, sharing the problems and perils of the time, bursting into a new age which even it cannot plan in advance, serving and concerned not with itself but with men and women." Guardini's work is about humanity's involvement in humanity.    Read  the full article

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.

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Video Dialogues, Episode 1:

Dr. Dennis Nilsen and Dr. Srdja Trifković, Foreign Affairs Editor at the Chronicles magazine, professor of international relations at the University of Banja Luka, and renowned expert on the politics and history of the Balkans. 

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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