Jake Shaw


About Jake Shaw

Completing my master's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, and throughout my academic background, I have been able to gain a strong critical understanding of issues surrounding peace and security within the UK and throughout the world. I have gained experience working in other countries by studying and conducting fieldwork in Sweden, Malta, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am part of the OWP as I share an important ethos in promoting a critical mindset in an ever-increasing complex world. The ability to understand conflict and to promote peace without resorting to violence is vital in achieving a prosperous and peaceful world.

Migration In 2019: Greece Has Reached Its Tipping Point

On the 22nd November 2019, the Commissioner for the UNHCR – Filippo Grandi, urged the EU Member States for an immediate response to the migration crisis affecting Europe as a whole, though predominately Greece. Only one month later, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis proclaimed that his country had “reached […]


Ukrainian And Russian Attempts At Peace In The Donbass Region 3

In a conflict where new ceasefires are broken within minutes, recent peace talks between Ukraine and Russia – one of the many – seemed overly pessimistic. However, since initiating these peace talks in August 2019, both parties have made significant efforts in reducing conflict in the Donbass region of Eastern […]


Catalan Separatist Leaders Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison

On Monday 14 October, Spain’s Supreme Court announced the sentencing of several Catalan separatist leaders. Together, they received a total of 100 years in prison, with the former vice-president of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, receiving 13 years alone. The long-awaited verdict has sparked outrage amongst the Catalan population, and many have […]


Could Fresh Elections In Spain Reignite The Catalonian Independence Movement? 2

Pedro Sanchez has been acting as Spain’s Prime Minister for nearly four months after being elected in a general election largely dictated by the issue of Catalonian independence. Despite this period, however, Sanchez to date has been unable to form a new government, suffering initially from his failure to win […]


UN Approves Investigation Into The Philippines’ ‘War On Drugs’ 1

On July 12th, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted to investigate the ongoing ‘War on Drugs’ spearheaded by President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. Proposed by Iceland, the resolution to investigate the alleged deaths of 12 000 Filipinos was approved with 18 nations voting in favour and with 14 […]


How Climate Change Is Escalating The Devastating Conflict In Mali 1

Only two months ago, Mali witnessed one of the deadliest acts of bloodshed in the country’s history, as over 150 people were killed by rival gangs. Two days ago, on June 18th, over 40 people were killed by the same type of attack. The ongoing situation in Mali has resulted […]


Lawyers Attack The EU’s Deterrence-Based Migration Policy As Being Responsible For Migrant Deaths

Amid increasing anti-immigration rhetoric in Europe, a recent case submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) argues that the European Union (EU) is collectively responsible for the countless number of migrant deaths crossing the Mediterranean. The submission, which contains over 240 pages, attacks the EU’s deterrence-based policy that seeks to […]


Europe Still Facing A Migrant Crisis As Dozens Die At Sea

On Friday, May 10th, over 65 migrants died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea as their boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia. In a statement, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) stressed that the deaths highlighted the ongoing surge of migrant deaths at sea, amounting to nearly 900 people in […]


Trump Invokes Second Veto Of Presidency To Maintain U.S. Involvement In Yemen War

Only last month, U.S President Donald Trump invoked the first veto of his presidency to override an attempt by Congress to prevent the construction of ‘the wall’ across the U.S-Mexico border. This week saw Trump use his second veto, this time to prevent Congress from ending U.S involvement in the […]


Duterte Warns Of ‘Suicide Missions’ As Tensions Rise Over The South China Sea Dispute

Tensions around the South China Sea reached a new peak this week as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned of aggressive confrontation via military “suicide missions”. Duterte’s comments are in response to the mass fleet of Chinese ships seemingly surrounding the Filipino Island Pag-asa. Various islands within the South China Sea […]