Peter Koenigsbauer

About Peter Koenigsbauer

A native of Seattle, Washington, Peter is a 21 year old junior currently attending Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. At Bates, Peter is a politics and history double major, and is pursuing 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 of the Modern Middle East, and Crime and Punishment in Africa. Peter is passionate about promoting peaceful and non-violent resolutions to worldwide conflicts and disputes. His OWP writing is particularly focused on Middle Eastern policy, having reported on the Syrian refugee crisis, the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, and various human rights disputes in Saudi Arabia. Peter is also on the OWP advocacy team.

What ICE’s Latest Policy For International Students Says About Trump And His Motive For Reopening College 1

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 onslaught of 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 […]

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, […]

Boris Johnson Taken Into ICU: World Leaders Should Pay Attention

Nearly two weeks ago, the 55-year-old British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson announced on Friday, March 27 that he was experiencing “mild symptoms,” specifically a cough and fever, and would self isolate on Downing Street. Two days later, the Prime Minister posted […]

We Must Physically Distance Ourselves But Not Socially Too

In a blow to the already crippled moral of the American public, President Trump revealed on Sunday, March 29 that social distancing guidelines will remain in effect until at least the end of April. This announcement is devastating for all Americans, who are eagerly anticipating any good news from the […]

Twin Attacks In Nigeria And Chad Prove Boko Haram Is Alive And Still Dangerous

At least 50 Nigerian soldiers were killed in a recent ambush conducted by Boko Haram extremists in the country’s northern Yobe state, near the town of Goneri. Details of the attack were provided by a source from the Nigerian military on Monday, March 23rd, who claimed the attack occurred as […]

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 9th, North Korea “fired at least three unidentified projectiles,” over the Sea of Japan. These projectiles were detected by South Korea’s Defense 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 […]