Alyssa Pong

About Alyssa Pong

Alyssa first joined the OWP in late 2019. She currently holds a position as a Senior Correspondent and is determined to report on various aspects of any one story. With an interest in the Asia-Pacific Region, refugee crisis, and politics, Alyssa is particularly invested in uncovering diplomatic and peaceful solutions to these issues.

The Afghan flag, overlaid on a map of the country.

Afghan Women To Face Taliban In Talks: What Does This Mean For Peace?

Upon this past week’s release of all remaining Taliban prisoners, it was announced that five Afghan women are preparing to face the hardline group in upcoming September peace talks. Among these women stand high-profile women’s rights campaigner Fawzia Koofi, expert in Islamic law Fatima Gailani, lawyer Shahla Fareed, local politician […]

Hong Kong Leader Postpones Elections Amid Disqualification Of Pro-Democracy Candidates

In an evening press conference yesterday, 31 July, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the postponement of the upcoming Legislative Council election by a year. With an expected three million-person voter turnout, Lam voiced health concerns amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. The New York Times quoted the […]

Refugees on a boat.

ASEAN Faces Pressure After Indonesian Fishermen Rescue Rohingya Refugees At Sea

On Thursday, June 25, Indonesian fishermen pulled 94 Rohingyas, including 30 children, to shore with the aid of maritime officials from Sumatra Island. Local authorities in the Indonesian province of Aceh had initially refused to take in those who were floating out at sea for five months, citing fears that […]

How Green Are China, Europe, And The United States’ COVID-19 Recovery Packages?

The release of China, the E.U., and the United States’ COVID-19 recovery packages last week demands a closer look at the intersection between the economy and the environment during a pandemic. Although China has permitted the construction of new coal plants, it has, according to the NYT, refrained from setting […]

China’s Naming Of Geographical Features In The South China Sea Escalates Territorial Disputes With Vietnam And Malaysia

The month of April has witnessed escalations in the South China Sea territorial dispute between China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This has occurred despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, China has named and effectively claimed 80 geographical features along one of the world’s […]

780 Million People In China Are Living Under Travel Restrictions Due To The Coronavirus Outbreak

As the number of coronavirus cases has risen to a staggering 79,000 worldwide, China has enforced a partial or total lockdown on 780 million of its residents. Called the “people’s war” against the spread of Covid-19, quarantine measures include travel restrictions, the banning of non-essential vehicles on local roadways, and […]

The Impact Of India’s Citizenship Amendment Act On Bangladeshis In India

The passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in December 2019 by the Indian parliament has resulted in an influx of people-smuggling along the India-Bangladesh border. The CAA grants Indian citizenship to minorities from three neighbouring Muslim-majority countries, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. As a result of the Act, 1.9 million […]

Russia And Turkey Agree To Observe Peace Deal In Idlib

Amidst renewed airstrikes by Russia-backed Syrian government forces on Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu agreed on Monday, 27th January 2020, that a peace deal over the northwestern province be observed. That same day, President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, Deputy […]

Three Teachers Killed In Suspected Al-Shabaab Attack On Kenyan Primary School

Last Monday, 13 January 2020, three male teachers were killed in a suspected Al-Shabaab attack on the Kamuthe primary school in Garissa County, as announced by the National Kenya Police Service. The incident, which occurred at 2 a.m. local time, saw the gunmen attack the Kamuthe Resource Centre where female […]

Uganda Police Arrest Bobi Wine, Fire Tear Gas On Supporters

On January 6th 2020, Ugandan singer-turned-presidential hopeful Bobi Wine was arrested alongside two other opposition members of parliament and journalists covering the events in his constituency of Kampala, preventing him from holding his first public meeting with supporters. The authorities were deployed before dawn to the site, inciting protests by […]

Ousted Sudan President Omar al-Bashir Sentenced To Two Years In Correctional Facility

Deposed former Sudanese President of thirty years, Omar al-Bashir, was convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to two years in a social correctional facility on 14 December, 2019. Saturday’s case was centred not on allegations of human rights violations already faced by al-Bashir, but on financial wrongdoing: the illegal possession […]

Putin And Xi Oversee Launch Of Landmark Russian Gas Pipeline To China

On December 2nd, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping  oversaw the launch of the 3,000 km-long ‘Power of Siberia’ landmark pipeline which will transport natural gas from the Chayandinskoye and Kovykta fields in Eastern Siberia to Northeastern China. The pipeline, operated in part by Russian company […]