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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 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."

NEW!  IPR Fellow and podcast host Matthew Foley, J.D. discusses blockchain technology and what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


IPR Podcast

IPR Fellow Matt Foley has a new podcast called "My Digital Self." Find it here, and on 

Annual IHE Human Rights Event with IPR Fellow and Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng

Chen Guangcheng , the “barefoot lawyer” who drew worldwide attention to forced abortion in China and who is a tireless advocate of the oppressed in China, reflected upon developments since the Tiananmen Square protest was crushed by the Chinese Communist party.  Despite the CCP's widespread use of surveillance technology and its hostility toward religion and independent thought in mainland China, Chen remains hopeful that the ruling elite will one day be thrown into the waste heap of history. 

A link to a video replay of the event can be found here.

William Saunders, J.D., Director of the Program in Human Rights, Institute for Human Ecology (l) and Chen Guangcheng (r) at the Oct. 9th event in Heritage Hall.

Chen Guangcheng acknowledging the applause of the audience.

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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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.


Video Dialogues

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.  

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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May 25-29, 2020
Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office
1400 16th St., NW, Ste. 120
Washington, D.C.

Meant to empower a new generation of leaders to contribute to wider efforts to stop nuclear proliferation and further reduce, and ultimately eliminate, nuclear weapons, this one-week experience for rising college sophomores through graduating seniors and select graduate students will equip participants with multidisciplinary knowledge about nonproliferation and disarmament, and will take full advantage of experiential learning opportunities alongside key arms control institutions and experts in Washington, D.C.

Students will also be exposed to internship and career opportunities in the field.

Speakers include:

For more information and to apply, visit 

Please spread the word to interested students in your networks. 

Applications are due by December 2, 2019.

The seminar will be limited to 25 students. Students are responsible for covering their own travel expenses and lodging, but, if accepted, the program is free. 

Photo credit: Chuck Penson, Titan Missile Museum

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