Marina Peñéñory

About Marina Peñéñory

Marina is an undergraduate student pursuing an International Relations degree at Pomona College, U.S. She grew up in Indonesia, but is originally from Argentina. Her interests include ASEAN security and cooperation, specifically countering violent extremism in Southeast Asia.

Argentina’s President Suffers Setback In Primary

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri suffered a crushing setback in a primary election on Sunday. The result suggests that he may lose re-election in October’s general elections and see his market overhauls unraveled by the opposition. His opponent, Alberto Fernández, received 48% of the support in the nationwide primary, while Macri […]

Iran Seizes Third Oil Tanker In A Month

Iran seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf claiming it was smuggling fuel to Arab states. According to Iranian news agency ISNA, the vessel was intercepted Wednesday night by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s 2nd Marine Corps. Iran’s state media Press TV reported that the vessel had seven crew […]

Britain’s New Prime Minister

Britain’s new prime minister came into office on July 24th. The former mayor of London and leader of the 2016 Brexit campaign, Boris Johnson, stood outside the famous black door of 10 Downing Street, addressing the public for the first time as a leader. The transition began earlier on Wednesday […]

Unrest In Puerto Rico

Protestors have been filling onto the streets of Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, since last Saturday to call for Governor Ricardo Antonio Rosselló to resign. Police officers in riot gear fired tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets into the distressed crowds, which were chanting “¡Ricky, renuncia, y llévate a […]

Taliban, Afghan Leaders Urge For “Zero Civilian Casualties”

After two-day peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives in the Doha, Qatar, both sides have ended with a call to reduce civilian casualties to “zero” in the war-torn country. The intra-Afghan meetings, mediated by Qatar and Germany, saw the participation of Afghan politicians, civil society members, including […]

North Korea Releases Detained Australian Student

Alek Sigley, who went missing in North Korea last week, has been “released and safe” as declared by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The 29-year-old Australian was reported missing in late June but was freed on Thursday after Swedish officials in Pyongyang met with the North Korean government. According to […]

Trump’s Last-Minute Reversal on Striking Iran

After directing his top Pentagon officials to prepare for U.S. military strikes against Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. drone in international airspace, President Trump abruptly called off the operation. Iran reportedly shot down a U.S. drone near the Strait of Hormuz on June 20th; however, the […]

Two Million March Against Hong Kong Extradition Bill

An estimated number of 2 million people have taken the streets in Hong Kong in protest for the withdrawal of the extradition bill. Dressed in black and donning white ribbons, protesters marched in the streets for the second Sunday in a row despite Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s announcement of the […]

Venezuela Reopens Border With Colombia After Four Months

Thousands of Venezuelans entered Colombia to buy food and medicine after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered the partial reopening of the country’s border with Colombia. Since last Saturday, citizens have been crossing via the Simon Bolivar bridge, which had previously been shut down for the past four months. This is […]

Crisis In Sudan – Paramilitary Opens Fire On Pro-Democracy Group

Sudan currently faces a political crisis after paramilitary forces opened fire on pro-democracy protestors. According to the New York Times, at least 108 demonstrators have been killed along with hundreds of others injured in Khartoum on Monday. The paramilitary troops consist of a seven-member Transitional Military Council (TMC) led by […]