Breanna McCann

About Breanna McCann

Breanna McCann has been with the OWP since 2019 as a correspondent, becoming a senior correspondent in 2020. Breanna is a staunch advocate for looking for diplomatic responses to conflict that bring everyone to the table and treat all parties fairly. Breanna has a special interest in conflicts arising from ethnic and cultural identity and how that impacts peaceful relations within and among states.

Myanmar Trishaw Drivers Become Campaigners As COVID-19 Stops Canvassing

Myanmar holds nationwide elections on November 8, but with a rapidly increasing COVID-19 infection and death rate, traditional campaign activities cannot occur. Instead, the parties turned their attention to social media and the unique aid of trishaw drivers. In Myanmar, trishaw—three-wheeled passenger bikes—are a common and popular form of public […]

Serbian-Chinese Ties Deepen As Serbia Purchases New Missile Defense System

Serbia purchased a new generation of medium-range, radar-guided surface-to-air missiles from China within the last year, showing a deepening partnership between the two countries. The purchase came to light due to the release of a state-run arms company Jugoimport SDPR’s annual report, which was submitted to the state Business Registers […]

Uncertain Peace In Ethiopia Following Deadly Protests, Officials Estimate Doubled Death Toll

Ethiopia’s government said on Sunday that over 166 people were killed in the course of anti-government protests that erupted in the country last week. The state’s capital and other protest hotspots remain under heavy guard by security forces. After the protests began, the government also instituted a blanket internet shutdown […]

International Leaders Pledge Billions In Search For COVID-19 Vaccine

The European Union recently held an online summit where over eight billion dollars was pledged to aid in developing a vaccine to battle COVID-19, and to fund research studying the diagnosis and treatment of the virus. The final donors included more than thirty countries and several UN and philanthropic organizations […]

Voting Machine Glitch Leads To Vote Suspension In Dominican Republic

Earlier this week, the Dominican Republic suspended municipal elections four hours after the commencement of voting. Officials enacted this suspension after discovering a problem with the electronic voting system. At this time, election officials are still investigating what caused the glitch with the system. The country opted to hold a […]

Polish Judges Come Under Increased Attack, With Little EU Interference

Last Thursday, the Polish legislature passed measures that would allow judges to face disciplinary action if they rule on cases in a way with which the government disagrees. This legislation will significantly reduce the autonomy of judges, giving that authority to the Minister of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro. Poland’s ruling party, […]

United Nations Claims Attack On Yemen Camp Could Derail Peace Efforts

On Saturday evening, a missile struck a mosque in a military training camp in Marib, Yemen. The al-Estiqbal military training camp is within Marib, which, according to Reuters, is “held by the internationally-recognized government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.” The attack killed 79 people as well as wounding 81 […]

Pakistani Court Reverses Musharraf’s Death Sentence, Guilty Verdict

On Monday, a high court in Pakistan reversed a guilty verdict and death sentence for former leader Pervez Musharraf on charges of treason, ruling the court’s formation unconstitutional. This special court sentenced Musharraf, who is currently seeking medical treatment in Dubai, to death in December on charges of treason resulting […]

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaidó Blocked From Key National Assembly Vote

On Sunday, pro-government lawmakers in Venezuela announced the swearing-in of a new president of the National Assembly after barring several opposition congressmen, including leader Juan Guaidó, from entering the legislative building. Guaidó is the incumbent National Assembly President and was presumed to win reelection to the position. Instead, he and […]

Kim Jong Un Urges ‘Positive and Offensive’ Security Measures Ahead of Year-End Deadline

Ahead of a year-end deadline posed by North Korea to engage in new denuclearization talks, leader Kim Jong Un urged the United States to pursue ‘positive and offensive’ security measures. According to Reuters, Kim Jong Un is expected to make a speech on New Year’s Day advocating for a “new […]

Erdogan Issues Warning Turkey Cannot Withstand New ‘Refugee Wave’ from Syria

On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that the country could not handle the newest wave of refugees coming into Turkey from Syria. Erdogan said Turkey “will not bear all alone the burden,” thereby warning other European countries that they will also feel the influx of as many as […]

Queensland Passes New Laws In Face Of Environmental Protests

In response to increasing protests by environmentalists, lawmakers in Queensland, Australia recently passed new legislation that instated potential prison sentences for protestors that use “dangerous devices.” According to Al Jazeera, items “such as the lock-on devices that activists use to attach themselves to each other or immovable objects” are the […]