Lillian Wetherspoon

About Lillian Wetherspoon

Recently graduated from the Australian National University with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Asian Studies. Due to her interests in conflicts and their impact on the international environment, the OWP has enabled her to write about important events and issues and help spread the idea of peaceful resolutions to conflicts. Currently the Senior Executive,

Plastic Oceans: A Growing Environmental Challenge

Plastic pollution in our oceans is a widespread and growing environmental challenge. Recently, the WWF released a report which warned that the Mediterranean could become a ‘sea of plastic.’  The WWF found that the “concentration of micro-plastics is nearly four times higher in the Mediterranean compared with open seas elsewhere […]

Children And Their Right To Have Their Voice Heard

Recently, students speaking out against gun laws in the USA have been accused of being ‘crisis actors’. Just one of the conspiracy theories that have surfaced recently, this theory claims that these students are following pre-written parts for the camera. Syrian teenager, Muhammad Najem, was attacked online and by mainstream […]

Climate Change: A Non-Traditional Threat

Donald Trump’s Administration has launched an attack on existing climate policies. In his first year of presidency, Trump withdrew the U.S. from the historic Paris Agreement, began construction on the Keystone XL pipeline, has taken steps to repeal a plan to curb greenhouse emissions in power plants, as documented in […]

‘Refugees Welcome’ Banner Attached To The Statue Of Liberty

President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban has become a dominant force of discussion. The initial travel ban was temporarily halted by a federal judge but the Trump Administration is working on a new version which would impose similar restrictions on Muslim-majority countries and retain the 50,000 refugee cap, a reduction […]

Barriers To Peace: Ending The Communist Insurgency In The Philippines

For the past several decades, the Philippines have experienced an ongoing insurgency. The communist insurgency in the Philippines is one of the longest running insurgencies in the Asia-Pacific Region. This conflict has claimed more than 30,000 lives since its beginning. The communist party started its armed struggle in the late […]

Report Finds That Women Living In Refugee Camps Fear Violence And Sexual Assault

According to a report published on Tuesday, women living in refugee camps in Greece fear violence and rape. The study, published by the Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP), found that women were exposed to dangers, such as gender-based violence, abuse by authorities, and sexual harassment. Researchers from the RRDP spoke […]

Papua New Guinea Deploys Security Force To Hela Province

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government has deployed military troops and police in the Hela province after a recent spike in tribal violence. In recent months, there has been an increase in tribal violence, which has seen an increase in high powered guns and has left dozens dead. This security […]

Turkey Announces Plan To Award Citizenship To Refugees

On Friday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, announced that some Syrian and Iraqi refugees will be given Turkish citizenship. In a speech, which was broadcast on television, Erdogan said that security checks would be carried out to determine which refugees are eligible for citizenship. He emphasized the qualifications […]

Colombian Congress Approves Amnesty Law

On Wednesday, the Colombian Congress approved a law offering amnesty to those accused of minor crimes committed during the decades-long civil conflict. This law will grant amnesty for some junior members of the FARC and some army soldiers who have been accused of minor crimes, and it was overwhelmingly approved […]

The Global Reach Of Social Movements

This year has seen domestic movements receive significant international attention. Movements, like Black Lives Matter, have dominated news feeds on social media, which has allowed these movements to gain more support and publicity, both domestically and internationally. Social movements are actions taken by civil society in order to address a […]