Miranda Watson

About Miranda Watson

Miranda Watson is a graduate of the Australian National University, where she completed a double degree in Arts and Asia-Pacific Studies. Having spent time living and studying in South Korea and majoring in Northeast Asian Studies, she has a strong interest in the Korean Peninsula and issues to do with reunification and peacekeeping. Miranda is currently an Australian correspondent for the OWP.

Is THAAD Causing The Korean Wave To Crash?

In July last year, South Korea and the United States announced that they would be deploying THAAD, an acronym for Terminal High Altitude Area Defence. And in March of this year, the missile defence system from the United States began to arrive in South Korea. The decision to deploy THAAD […]

Persecution Of LGBT People In Chechnya

Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta has reported the extrajudicial persecution and murder of gay or perceived gay men in Chechnya, a republic of Russia. Human Rights Watch reported to the Telegraph that they have received credible reports that gay men were being detained and tortured in an unofficial detention centre. […]

Protesters And Police Clash In Venezuela

Protesters, police and National Guard soldiers have clashed in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas in days of protests against the socialist government and President Nicholas Maduro. Police responded to the organized protests by closing off subway stations and public areas where demonstrations were planned to be held. The protests and […]

South Korean And North Korean Women’s Football Teams To Play In Pyongyang

The South Korean women’s football team and the North Korean women’s team are scheduled to play against each other in Pyongyang on April 7th. This is the first time they will face each other in Pyongyang, as part of the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Asian Cup. South Korea and North […]

Being Bold For Change: South Korea’s Online Feminist Movement

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day was “Be Bold For Change.” And, indeed, the ousting of the South Korean president was bold. Former president Park Geun-hye and South Korea’s first female president was impeached on March 10, just two days after International Women’s Day. While activists protested for an […]

South Korea’s Constitutional Court Impeaches Ousted President Park Geun-Hye

On Friday, South Korea’s constitutional court passed the ruling to impeach now-former President Park Geun-hye. Constitutional Court Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi stated that Park had “seriously impaired the spirit of…democracy and the rule of law” (Al Jazeera), amidst days of protest surrounding the President’s official residence, the Blue House, and […]

Protests At Thailand’s Dhammakaya Temple Over Fugitive Monk

Police and followers of the Dhammakaya Temple, outside of Bangkok, have clashed as police search for the temple’s former head monk and, now, fugitive Luang Phra Dhammachayo. Dhammachayo is wanted on charges of corruption and money laundering. Monks and the temple’s many thousands of followers have resisted police orders to […]

North Korea’s Further Isolation

Following the shocking assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and eldest son of former leader Kim Jong-il, North Korea has become increasingly isolated from the international community and tensions are high due to diplomatic squabbles. Kim Jong-nam was poisoned last Monday at the Kuala […]

North Korean Launch Test-Missile, Drawing Condemnation From UN Security Council

Last Sunday, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile, which has been declared as a “success” by leader Kim Jong-Un. The South Korean Defence Ministry has stated that the test-fire was meant as an “armed provocation” to new U.S. President Donald Trump to test his response and it was an attempt […]

North Korea After The Rise Of Trump And The Fall Of Park

Two major changes have occurred recently in world news that can be expected to trigger interesting changes in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. First was the major corruption scandal that erupted in South Korea that resulted in the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye. The second was Trump’s victory in […]