Luke Entwistle

About Luke Entwistle

A graduate from the University of Manchester with a degree in French and politics, Luke is a senior correspondent as well as a senior advocate at the OWP. Luke has previous experience in politics having undertaken an internship at the European Commission. He has a keen interest in European governance and environmental politics, and strongly believes in the ideological principles that the OWP represents.

Fighting Intensifies In Contested Nagorno-Karabakh Region

Simmering tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan came to the boil this past week, as the long-lasting dispute over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh turned violent. The region, internationally recognized as an Azerbaijani territory despite its Armenian ethnic majority, was the battleground for a territorial conflict that claimed 30,000 lives in a […]

England Introduces New Restrictions To Curb Coronavirus Surge

The UK government this week announced that new measures were to be introduced in England to curb a recent rise in COVID-19 cases. The measures, which will come into force from Monday, prohibit gatherings of more than six people in both indoor and outdoor spaces, with some exemptions including schools […]

Political Interference At Hungarian News Outlet Prompts Mass Resignation

On Friday, more than 70 journalists at the independent Hungarian news outlet ‘Index’ resigned in the wake of the dismissal of their editor-in-chief, Szabolcs Dull. In an open-letter, posted on the ‘Index’ website, the departing journalists cited the threat to their “independent operation” as the motivation for their mass resignation. […]

The End of History? Liberal Democracies in a Post-Coronavirus World

In ‘The End of History’, an article released back in 1992, Francis Fukayama argued that nation-states globally were heading towards liberal democracy. This argument is predicated on an assertion that liberal democracies do not possess any innate ‘contradictions’ and that the entire course of historical development has been moving unidirectionally […]

BP Successfully Lobby To Weaken Environmental Laws In The U.S.

New legislation was introduced earlier this month which will allow future infrastructure projects to bypass scrutiny from federal agencies in the U.S. The legislation will mean that the environmental implications of major projects such as the construction of power plants, will no longer require an environmental impact assessment. This week, […]

Social Media Communication: Understanding the Impact Of Online Platforms

How individual politicians as well as political parties, exploit social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook has garnered much interest in recent years. It has recently attracted even greater attention in the U.K. as the Conservative Party were accused of uploading deceitful or downright false information throughout the General […]

Evacuations In Australia In Response To Bushfire Threat Highlights Government Inaction

In the state of Victoria, Australia, residents and holidaymakers alike have this Sunday been told to evacuate in the face of huge bushfires which have devastated the region. The mass evacuation has been prompted by worsening weather conditions in the state with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius and strong winds […]

Bougainville Votes Overwhelmingly In Favour Of Secession From Papua New Guinea

The people of Bougainville have this week overwhelmingly voted to secede from Papua New Guinea (PNG). The non-binding referendum, which began in late November and concluded on 11th December, gave voters the choice of either increased autonomy or independence from the Pacific Ocean country. Astonishingly, almost 98 per cent of […]

Rethinking Security: The Nation-State As A Barrier To Emancipation

In the contemporary world, there are a plethora of sources of insecurity, some traditional such as the threat of war or poverty and some relatively contemporary such as the threat of environmental degradation. People expect that nation-state governments work to protect them from such threats, within the context of environmental […]

BBC’s Election Coverage Criticised For Breaking Impartiality Guidelines

The BBC has this week come under fire for breaking its impartiality guidelines as political commentators and social media users alike have alluded to pro-government bias in their content. According to the BBC’s editorial guidelines, they are committed to achieving ‘due impartiality’ yet, this week, they are accused not only […]

Spanish High Court Investigates Russian Interference In Catalonia Independence Movement

Spanish Newspaper ‘El País’ this week revealed that the Spanish High Court, known as the ‘Audiencia Nacional’, is investigating Russian interference in the Catalan independence movement. Although the investigation is strictly confidential, three sources, including a judge, have spoken to ‘El País’ to confirm that investigators are examining evidence of […]

Public Outcry Over Government’s Decision to Withhold Russia Interference Report

This week a wide range of political actors have decried the UK Government’s decision to withhold a report pertaining to Russian interference in British politics. The report, carried out by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), was finalised on 17 October, but is yet to be released. Understandably, public outcry […]

Thailand’s Malay-Muslims: Otherness And Conflict In The ‘Deep South’

Last Tuesday, two security checkpoints were attacked by militants in Yala province, Southern Thailand, killing 15 people. These attacks, executed by the Barisan Revolusi Nacional-Koordinasi (BRN-C), a Malay-Muslim secessionist organization, form part of a larger insurgency which has claimed 7,000 victims since 2004. Attacks by pro-secessionist organizations have become commonplace […]

High Court In Belfast Rules Against Northern Ireland’s Strict Abortion Law

On the 3rd October, the High Court in Belfast ruled that Northern Ireland’s current abortion legislation was in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). The case was brought forward by Sarah Ewart who suffered the ordeal of having to travel to England from Northern Ireland in order […]