Peter Koenigsbauer

About Peter Koenigsbauer

Peter is the Executive Director of the U.S. Division and is a member of the Advocacy and Policy Analysis Teams. His passion for current events brought him to the OWP in January 2020, where he began as a correspondent and produced news articles pertaining to international affairs and U.S. policy. He is a politics and history double major at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and has strong research interests in European and Middle East policy and affairs.

The Arab Spring After Ten Years: Where the Middle East Stands Today

It has been a full decade since Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire outside the provincial headquarters of Sidi Bouzid. On December 17th, 2010, Bouazizi, who was regularly harassed by local police into conceding commission and merchandise, acted out of “sheer desperation,” says Thessa Lageman of Al […]

A New Hope Sprinkled With Cautious Optimism: Sudan And SRF Forces Sign Landmark Darfur Peace Deal

In a potentially historic move, Sudan’s government has agreed to a peace deal with the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of rebel forces in Darfur. The deal was signed on Monday, August 31st at a ceremony held in the South Sudanese capital of Juda, which has hosted other negotiations […]

Belgium Suspends Arms Exports To Saudi Arabia As Yemen Crisis Worsens

On August 7th, human rights groups across the world celebrated as Belgium confirmed that it will halt weapons exportations to Saudi Arabia’s National Guard (SANG). This announcement came following an injunction made by Belgium’s top legal authority, the Council of State, who formally suspended arms export licenses for shipments to […]

Human Rights Indifference In Saudi Arabia: Former Intelligence Official Accuses MBS Of Ordering His Execution

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has been embroiled in yet another human rights issue. Last week, Dr Saad Al Aljabri accused MBS of ordering an assassination attempt on him in 2018. Dr Saad was a former top aide in the Saudi Interior Ministry who now lives in Toronto […]

An Exchange Of Bilateral Dialogue Between Two Adversarial States: A Case Study For A World In Crisis

Last weekend, foreign ministers representing Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held a rare meeting to discuss “bilateral, regional and global situations,” including the COVID-19 crisis. The meeting, which was done over video call due to the pandemic, included an exchange of greetings between both parties in celebration of […]

Israeli And Hezbollah Forces Clash Again After Gunfire Exchanged Along Lebanese Border

The tension between Israel and Hezbollah has flared up again as the two groups reportedly exchanged gunfire on Monday, July 27th, 2020 along the Lebanese border. According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), three to five Hezbollah soldiers crossed the border and entered Israeli territory by “a few meters” armed […]

U.S. And Iran Relations At A Crossroads: Is New Leadership Necessary For A Peaceful Future?

Last month, U.S. and Iran relations reached a new low point after Tehran issued an arrest warrant for President Donald Trump over a drone strike which killed top Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani. According to the New York Times, 35 other individuals were also issued arrest warrants for their roles in […]

Washington’s NFL Team To Finally Remove ‘Redskins’ As Official Mascot Name

Social transformation has unfolded in all corners of the United States in the wake of the tragic murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other African Americans as a result of racially motivated violence and police brutality. Policy changes including choke hold bans have been introduced in several […]

What ICE’s Latest Policy For International Students Says About Trump And His Motive For Reopening College

With the next academic year due to begin shortly, students around the world are eagerly awaiting to see how their education will continue in the fall. However, for international students attending college in the United States, the remainder of the summer holiday will likely include even more anxiety and distress, […]

Why Remote Learning Is Not A Viable Option For American Schools And Universities

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve day by day, it is impossible to know how exactly schools will operate in the fall. With infection rates continuing to spike in countries like the United States, it seems certain that in order for students to safely return to the classroom by […]

Hong Kong’s Autonomy Under Threat Again As National Security Law’s Blueprint Revealed

On Saturday, June 20th, the Chinese government unveiled the blueprint for a highly controversial new national security law in the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong. Under this legislation, China can bypass Hong Kong’s independent judicial system, which according to CNN, will allow the city’s pro-Chinese top official “to handpick which […]

The Parallels Of Racial Inequality And Discrimination In The United States And Israel

Nearly three weeks ago, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American citizen of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was arrested by police officers after an employee at a convenience store called 911 claiming Floyd had used a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase cigarettes. The rest of the story, which has circulated throughout international media […]

At Least Eight Mass Grave Sites Discovered In Formerly LNA Controlled Libyan Territory

Members of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed “horror” on Thursday, June 11th over “reports on the discovery of at least eight mass graves in past days, the majority of them in Tarhuna.” Until recently, this western Libyan town was controlled by Commander Khalifa Haftar of the […]

Will 2020 Be Remembered As ‘The Most Traumatic Year’ In Modern History?

Just a few months ago, the world eagerly awaited as the calendar ticked ever so closer to the third decade of the twenty-first century. Many hoped that the new decade would play witness to a time of revolutionary human innovation, and that global technological capabilities would continue to exceed the […]

Jamal Khashoggi’s Children ‘Pardon’ Their Father’s Killers: Why Though?

In what initially appeared to be an admirable demonstration of strength and courage, the children of Jamal Khashoggi publicly expressed their forgiveness to father’s assassins in a recent tweet. This announcement will in all likelihood spare the lives of five Saudi officials who have each been convicted and sentenced to […]

Trump To Permanently Defund WHO Unless ‘Major Substantive Improvements’ Are Made

Last month, Donald Trump shocked world leaders and health experts after announcing his intention to cut American funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). Speaking before reporters at a White House press briefing on April 14th, Trump accused the WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the […]

Nigerian Court Sentences Inmate to Death Over Zoom

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt everyday society, governments around the world have had to make careful changes to their judicial systems in order to adapt to physical distancing policies. Thousands of prisoners serving minor or short sentences have been temporarily released, and many European countries have chosen to postpone trials […]

Can Yemen Rely On Consistent Humanitarian Relief From The United States?

Since COVID-19 first broke out and swept across the globe, the world’s most well renowned and developed nations have been devastated by the deadly virus. As of Thursday May 7th, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy have a combined coronavirus count of almost 650,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, […]