Peter Koenigsbauer


About Peter Koenigsbauer

Peter is a 20 year old sophomore from Seattle, Washington, who currently attends Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. At Bates, Peter is a politics and history double major, along with a General Education Concentration in Law and Society. Some of Peter's favorite courses taken at Bates include U.S. Foreign Policy, International Security, State and Society Relations in the Modern Middle East, and the U.S. Congress.Peter is passionate about promoting peace and non violent resolutions to worldwide conflicts. He is especially interested in Middle Eastern politics, particularly with regard to the current Syrian refugee crisis, the Arab Spring, and the rise and fall of the JCPOA, commonly referred to as the Iran Nuclear Deal. In the hope of one day living in a world where human rights become imbedded into the global status quo, Peter is committed to sharing the stories of victimized peoples to the readers of OWP.

Lack of Leadership In A Time Of Global Crisis

Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in 2017, he has consistently downplayed existential threats towards both national and global security. In the fall of 2019, Trump nearly pushed the United States into another long term and seemingly endless war in the Middle […]


What Does Denuclearizing The Korean Peninsula Actually Mean?

On Monday March 9, North Korea “fired at least three unidentified projectiles,” over the Sea of Japan  These projectiles were detected by South Korea’s Defence Ministry, who reported that each “had a maximum flight distance of 200 kilometers (124 miles) and maximum altitude of 50 kilometers (31 miles).” The ministry […]


The Ruthless Houthis: Terrorists Or An Entity Of Particular Concern?

On Tuesday, March 3, Yemen’s UN recognized government called upon the United States to designate the Houthi rebels as a terrorist organization. Yemen’s Minister of Information, Moammar Al-Eryani, personally called on Congress to make this designation in a recent tweet, where he accused both the Houthi and Iranian forces of […]


The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Why The United States Must Take Charge

On 17 February 2020, Bashar Al-Assad congratulated his military forces for successfully “consolidating control over the entire province of Aleppo in northern Syria.” Amidst a recent raid of prolific violence, Assad promised that Aleppo would “return stronger than ever”, vowing that the regime will not halt its military operations against […]


Violence Persists In Ukraine As Promised Summit Likely Cancelled

On February 10th, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystaiko said he does not see any preparation taking place for a highly anticipated summit regarding the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. This comes just two months after Ukrainian and Russian officials, accompanied by delegates from France and Germany, met in […]


Netanyahu Criminally Indicted On Corruption Charges After Dropping Immunity Request

On Tuesday January 28th 2020, Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on three separate corruption cases, becoming Israel’s first Prime Minister to be criminally charged while holding office. Attorney General Avichai Mandelbilt formally submitted the indictment after Netanyahu withdrew his request for parliamentary immunity, a move which Al-Monitor’s Akiva Eldar claimed was […]


NGOs Boycott C20 Civil Society Talks Over Human Rights Disputes

Last week, three international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) announced their intention to boycott the C20 civil society meetings in Riyadh ahead of the annual G20 summit scheduled for next November in the Saudi capital. These NGOs, including British based Amnesty International, Transparency International of Germany, and CIVICUS from South Africa, have […]