Kristina Marinov


About Kristina Marinov

Correspondent for the Australian Division and currently completing a combined Bachelor of International and Global Studies/Laws at the University of Sydney. Majoring in Government and International Relations, the OWP has provided an opportunity to research and report on current world issues related to peace and security.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Resigns Claiming Assassination Threat

On Saturday, November 4, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri suddenly resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia. He claimed that there is a plan to assassinate him, and accused Iran and Hezbollah of causing discord in the region. During a televised announcement in Riyadh, on Saudi- state-owned news channel; Al […]


Iran Tests New Missile Despite Tensions With Trump

On Saturday, 23rd September, Iran’s state television claimed that it has successfully tested a new medium-range ballistic missile, in defiance of recent US demands to halt its missile programme. The announcement of the test came hours after the ‘Khoramshahr’ missile was displayed at a military parade in Tehran; it allegedly […]


Italy Launches New Naval Mission To Combat Migrant Crisis

Italy launched a new naval mission on Wednesday, August 2nd to combat people smuggling migrants and refugees on boats that are crossing from Libya to Italy. The mission was approved by Italy’s Parliament after a request from Libya’s UN-backed government. For the mission, a patrol boat was sent into Libyan territorial waters in […]


Iraqi Kurds Announce Independence Referendum

On Wednesday June 7th Masoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish Region, announced on twitter plans for an independence referendum. He stated, “I am pleased to announce that the date for the independence referendum has been set for Monday, September 25, 2017.” The decision […]


Internally Displaced Persons Now Double The Number Of Refugees Worldwide

A report published by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) on May 22, 2017, has found that one person every second fled their home within their own country in 2016. There were 31.1 million people newly internally displaced around the world, with 6.9 million new internal displacements […]


Artillery Shelling Kills Four Civilians In Eastern Ukraine

Four civilians have been killed by artillery shelling in the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiyivka on Saturday, May 13th. Ukrainian officials blamed pro-Russian separatists for the deaths. Furthermore, a statement by Pavlo Zhebrivsky, the Ukrainian Governor of the Donetsk region, claimed that the shell hit a private house and “three […]


Syrian Safe Zones Deal Signed By Russia, Turkey, And Iran Comes Into Force

A deal signed between Russia, Turkey, and Iran, which envisions the establishment of four safe zones in Syria, came into effect at midnight on Friday, May 5th. The agreement calls for a ceasefire of conflict, the instalment of a flight exclusion area, unhindered supply of humanitarian aid, and the return […]


Political Deadlock And Increasing Ethnic Tensions In Macedonia

Macedonia is currently facing an ongoing political deadlock in the context of a growing nationalist movement and declining democratic principles. There are fears that there may be an inflammation of ethnic divisions in order to achieve political gains. On Thursday, April 27th, a group of nationalist protesters stormed Macedonia’s parliament […]


UNHCR Claims Thousands Fleeing Central Congo Amid Worsening Conflict

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has claimed that 11,000 refugees have recently fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Angola amid attacks from militia groups. Up to 9,000 people have left the country this month alone. The UNHCR has started to ship […]


NATO Deploys Troops In Poland As Part Of Policy Push Into The Baltics

A US-led NATO force was deployed in Orzysz, Poland on Thursday 13th April as part of NATO’s “Enhanced Forward Presence” into the Baltics. The first US troops were welcomed from the multinational force, which will consist of 900 US, 150 British, and 120 Romanian troops that are being stationed to […]


United Nations Security Council Says South Sudanese Government Is Ignoring Famine

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has claimed that the South Sudanese Government is ignoring the current famine crisis which is occurring as a result of the prolonged civil strife in the country. Making remarks to the Security Council on March 23rd, Guterres stated that “the Government has yet to express […]