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.

Syria Peace Talks Held In Sochi

A Syrian peace conference hosted by Russia, and held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, concluded on Tuesday, January 30th. Termed the “Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue,” the talks were attended by almost 1500 delegates, with the goal of creating a framework for a new Syrian constitution. The […]


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 […]


Yemen Cholera Epidemic Cases Exceed Half A Million

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday, August 14th that the number of reported cholera cases in Yemen has exceeded half a million. Almost 2000 people have died from the waterborne bacterial disease, within four months, since its outbreak at the end of April. The epidemic is the largest […]


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 […]


Impact Of The Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty

The first United Nations treaty ever to ban nuclear weapons was approved by 122 of the 192 UN states on Friday 7th July 2017. A product of months of negotiations, the 10 page document entitled ‘The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons’ was formally adopted at the UN headquarters […]


Cyprus Reunification Peace Talks Resume

The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday, June 28th to resume peace talks to resolve the four decades-long dispute dividing Cyprus. Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci will be joined at the Swiss mountain resort of Crans-Montana by the foreign ministers of the three guarantor powers […]


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 […]


44 People Die Of Thirst Crossing The Sahara Desert On Their Way To Libya

Forty-four people have been found dead in the Sahara Desert after their truck broke down, with extreme heat and lack of drinking water causing them to die of thirst. The group of fifty migrants and refugees, which included babies and children, were on route to Libya between the cities of Agadez and […]


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 […]