India Birrell

About India Birrell

Government and International Relations graduate from the University of Sydney. Interested in conflict management, human rights and inter-state relations. Contributing to the OWP as a correspondent in Australia.

U.S. Seeks To Buy Greenland 1

On Thursday 15 August 2019, reports surfaced confirming U.S. President Donald Trump’s intention to buy the world’s largest island, Greenland. The current autonomous territory of Denmark is richly endowed with natural resources such as water and natural gas, both of which are expected to grow as the Arctic ice landscape […]

U.S. Launches Cyber Security Attack On Iran

On 22 June 2019, it was confirmed that President Donald Trump approved an offensive cyber strike that disabled Iranian computer systems used to control national rocket and missile launchers. The news of Thursday’s cyber attack broke as the U.S. President backed away from conventional military air strikes in response to […]

U.S.-Iran Tensions Raised Over Burning Of Oil Tankers 1

On June 13th 2019, images of two burning oil tankers in the waters of the Gulf of Oman – literally reignited – tensions between regional Gulf states and international powers including the United States, the United Kingdom and Iran. Tensions in the Gulf have remained close to breaking point as […]

A Reason For Intervention: A Realist Understanding Of The West’s Decision To Intervene In Syria

On 13th April 2018, the United States, the United Kingdom and France co-ordinated a multilateral air strike within Syria; they successfully targeted three sites associated with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s deadly chemical weapons program. This action was the first instance of multilateral engagement within Syria under the pretext of “establishing […]

A War Of Words: China Talks Tough On The South China Sea Issue

On Sunday June 2nd 2019, tensions between the United States and China were again raised following controversial comments regarding China’s militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea. The islands are supposedly designed to defend China’s territorial claim to 80% of the ocean. The Shangri –La summit, held at […]

South African Elections: ANC Retains Hold On Power

On 8th May 2019, the sixth elections since the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa were conducted. The elections to the 400-member National Assembly and 9 provincial legislatures (composed of 430 seats) saw the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) retain its hold at the national level with a […]

Acting On The Basis Of A Moral Duty: Syria, Chemical Weapons And The Issue Of Pre-Emptive Military Intervention

On April 7th 2018, the world witnessed – yet another – devastating chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, killing 70 people and injuring hundreds more.  Six days later, the United States, The United Kingdom and France coordinated the first multilateral air strike on Syria, successfully targeting three […]

A Third Wave Revolution – Sudan’s Current Revolution And The Fall Of Bashir

In recent weeks, an inspiring photograph went viral of a Sudanese woman dressed in white standing atop a car with her hand pointed high, leading protesters in songs of revolt against the regime of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. On Thursday April 11, after more than 30 years in power, Sudanese dictator Bashir was […]

Women, Peace And Security – The Passage Of Resolution 2467

The adoption of Resolution 2467 on the 23rd of April 2019 under the title of ‘Women, Peace and Security’ represented a progressive step in the protection and rights of women in times of war. After a three-hour debate in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the Resolution was carried 13 […]

Assange And The Post-Truth Era

On 11th of April 2019, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London by British police following his expulsion from the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had resided as a political asylum seeker for the past seven years. After his arrest, the United States Justice Department unsealed an indictment alleging that Assange conspired […]