Joel Fraser

About Joel Fraser

I am a student of English and French at the University of Oxford. I'm currently writing for OWP as a correspondent, researching current events related to conflict and emphasising the importance (and possibility) of sensitive, peaceful resolution.

Johnson Criticised For Merger Of DFID And Foreign Office

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been widely criticized for his decision, on the 16th of June, to merge the Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign Office. According to Johnson, the merger seeks to “integrate all the strands of [the U.K.’s] international effort” by collapsing “outdated and artificial” distinctions […]

Asylum Seekers Unjustly Transferred From The U.S. To Guatemala

An agreement between the U.S. and Guatemala allows for non-Guatemalan asylum seekers to be effectively deported to Guatemala without the possibility of lodging asylum claims in the U.S., a report has recently showed. The report was published on May 19th by Human Rights Watch and Refugees International. It shows that the […]

A Compromised Call To Unity? 90% Of Boko Haram Victims Are Muslim, Says President Buhari

In a eulogy published on 3 February, Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari stirringly expressed the country’s need for religious unity in the face of the threat posed by Boko Haram, before he controversially claimed that 90% of the Islamist terror group’s victims are Muslim. He was writing to commemorate the death […]

“Peace Transcends Politics”: Trump Releases “Ultimate Plan” For Peace In The Middle East, While Ulterior Motives Abound

Today, on 28 January, Donald Trump released a long-awaited, 80-page “peace plan” for the Middle East, claiming to seek to put an end to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. After holding separate talks in Washington, D.C. with the embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political opponent Benny Gantz, Trump revealed […]

Palestine Contests The Announcement of Seven New Nature Reserves In West Bank

Recently outlined Israeli plans to establish seven new nature reserves in the occupied West Bank have been swiftly and vehemently denounced by Palestine authorities, who have pledged to take the issue to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Defence Minister and leader of the right-wing New Right Party, […]