Jason Woodroofe

About Jason Woodroofe

Jason is currently volunteering as a senior correspondant for OWP. He is particularly interested in non-traditional security issues, human security and foreign policy, among other topics. Jason completed a BA with a double major in Politics and Security Studies at Massey University. Until recently he was working as a communications advisor and researcher in Timor-Leste where he was looking at local security and community policing. Jason welcomes feedback or comments on his articles and would love for any readers to discuss his work with him.

Timor-Leste: The Path From Peace To Prosperity

Timor-Leste: the path from peace to prosperity Standing underneath the 27m tall Cristo Rei statue of Jesus and staring back across at the beautiful city of Dili, it is hard to imagine that Timor-Leste is shrouded in a past of colonialism, occupation, and civil unrest. Timor-Leste (often referred to as […]

Syria Hit With Another Blackout After Suspected Terror Attack Targets Key Pipeline.

A nationwide electricity blackout is affecting Syria after a suspected terrorist attack targeted an oil pipeline in the Damascus region, Al Jazeera reports. The blast happened on Sunday evening and caused an electricity blackout that covered most of the country. The Ikhbariya TV channel showed large plumes of smoke from […]

Military Drones: Geopolitical Toys Or The Replacement For Boots On The Ground?

When one thinks of drones, images of an American MQ-9 Reaper drone flying over somewhere in the Middle East are often the first to appear in one’s mind. The reality is that the global market for defence drones is far wider-reaching. Last week, I wrote about the Trump administration’s push […]

Is July 1st The Date The Map Of The Middle East Is Redrawn?

On Monday the 1st of June an article appeared in the Jerusalem Post that should have given shivers of concern to anyone with a desire in upholding international law. The article in question claims new Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz had instructed the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) to prepare for […]

Sudan Summons Ethiopian Ambassador As Cross Border Attack Raises Tensions During Negotiations Over Water Rights To The Nile River

Sudan has summoned the Ethiopian ambassador after a cross border attack occurred in the Eastern province of al-Qadarif on Thursday, reports the Associated Press. Sudan claims the attack was carried out by a militia which receives support from the Ethiopian government. Two people were killed and 10 wounded  in the […]

Taliban Announces Three-Day Ceasefire With Afghani Government For Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations

The Taliban in Afghanistan have announced that they have agreed a three day cease fire with the Afghani Government that will remain in place for the duration of Eid, according to BBC News. The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, which starts on Sunday, is a time of celebration that marks […]

Is Trump Pushing For The Persian Gulf To Become The Ultimate Flashpoint In The U.S.-Iran Conflict?

On Wednesday April 22nd, President Donald Trump contributed to the latest escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf. On Wednesday night, the U.S. president tweeted that “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.” […]

East Africa Braces For Second Wave Of Locusts Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

For the second time this year, East African nations are bracing for the onslaught of locust swarms. The first swarms left the region devastated. The scientific journal, Nature, reported that the first swarms (spotted in at least eight countries) have placed an estimated 20 million people in the region at risk […]

U.S. Deploys Patriot Air Defence System To Iraq Amid Confrontation With Iran

On the 30th of March 2020, the United States deployed two batteries of the Patriot air defense missile system to U.S. bases in Iraq. The U.S. has referred to multiple rocket attacks on their bases in past weeks as justification for the deployment. The blame for these attacks has soundly […]