Published Opinions

Submitted from Students Worldwide


Over the past few weeks, Bridge the Divide has turned its focus on religious divides that exist globally. In the BTD: Converge conference we ran a panel discussing different ways people are divided both between different religious groups and between religious and secular groups. As part of an ongoing attempt to increase interfaith dialogue and understanding a group of ambassadors have joined to share their thoughts and experiences regarding religion.

Christianity - Jeffrey Che, Maryland:

I believe that religion brings people together, but there is a cutoff point. Religion can help people develop morals, but when stark differences exist between people with different religious backgrounds and values, they clash and remain close minded.

Judaism - Jac Guerra, Connecticut:

My hometown, like many other southern New England areas, is mainly Catholic with a much higher concentration of Jewish representation than other areas. It wasn't until I started getting involved in media that...

December 31, 2016


More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. Some 11 million have been forced from their homes and 13.5 million are in need of dire humanitarian assistance as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule (including jihadist militants from the so called Islamic State) battle each other. As the conflict continues, a number of countries have opened their doors to refugees, though a select few are receiving the majority of them. Countries neighboring Syria are reaching a saturation point with regard to their abilities to absorb refugees. For example, the influx of refugees has increased Lebanon’s population by 25% and it now has the highest per capita number of refugees. Edward M. Gabriel, former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco and Vice Chairman of the American Task Force for Lebanon has said that this...

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