Ashleigh Streeter-Jones

About Ashleigh Streeter-Jones

Currently studying her Masters of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. With a background in development and a particular interest in women, peace, and security, the OWP allows her to write about current events and explore these themes, including the link between political decisions, conflict, and the individual, with a particular interest in peace building and transitional justice.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame Re-elected For A Third Term

Paul Kagame, the former leader of the Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Front, has been re-elected as President of Rwanda in a landslide victory. With over 90% voter turnout, neither of his challengers managed to secure even 1% of the vote, with Kagame successfully securing 98.63% of the vote. In 2015, a […]

Papua New Guinea’s Election Marred By Irregularities

With the conclusion of the elections in Papua New Guinea, doubt has been cast over their impartiality. Despite their registration, thousands of names were left off of the electoral role, thereby preventing their participation in the election process. Further obstacles to public voting have included a delay in the distribution […]

Further Allegations Of Sexual Abuse By Peacekeepers Emerges From The Central African Republic

A recent report issued by the United Nations shows that, despite efforts to combat the issue, allegations of sexual abuse committed by UN Peacekeepers have continued, with new reports of sexual abuse emerging from the Central African Republic. Since January 2017, over 55 UN Peacekeepers have been accused of abuse […]

A Record Number Of Female Candidates To Run In The PNG Elections

Determined to bring about change, a record number of female candidates are standing in this year’s election in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Taking place from June 24, 2017 until July 8, 2017, the national election will see the appointment of 111 successful candidates who will form the new National Parliament. The election […]

Kurdistan Determines A Date For Independence Vote

A recent decision by Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence has been met with disapproval from both crucial allies and the United States. The vote on independence, set for September 25th, 2017, has been long in the making. Iraqi Kurdistan was granted autonomy in 1970, although it has continued to […]

Columbian Women Play A Central Role In The Peace Process

The recent Colombian peace agreement, which was signed in 2016, brought about the end of a civil conflict which has ravaged the country since the 1960s. The conflict between left-wing guerrilla groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (NLA) has resulted in […]

Outbreak Of Ebola In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) further threatens the civilian population who have been long tortured by conflict. Testing has shown that the outbreak of Ebola is the DRC is the Zaire strain, the deadliest strain of the disease. The disease has extremely high mortality rates […]

Tensions Persist In Yangon

This week, authorities in Yangon have arrested two Buddhist hard-line nationalists following raids conducted by the Patriotic Monks Union (PMU) on flats in a predominantly Muslim district of Yangon, Myanmar. Two weeks ago, the PMU forced the closure of two Islamic schools. Both incidents represent another episode in the long […]

Peace Talks Resume In Cyprus

Following a short hiatus, the resumption of discussions between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leadership brings renewed hope for peace in Cyprus. A treaty signed in 1960 brought an agreement between Britain, Turkey and Greece to secure the independence of Cyprus. The newly established nation was and remains home to […]

The Inclusion Of Women In Peace Building Remains Largely Aspirational

The link between women and sustainable peace is undeniable. UN Women found that the inclusion of women in peace processes increases the probability of an agreement lasting at least 2 years by 20 percent, and the chance of an agreement lasting at least 15 years by 35 percent. While there […]