Zaryab Makhdoom


About Zaryab Makhdoom

MSc from SOAS, University of London in Globalisation and Development. Undergraduate from Richmond, The American University in London, BA in International Relations with minors in Political Science and Philosophy. Senior Correspondent at OWP particularly interested in international development, security and diplomacy.

Israel’s Annexation Of The West Bank – Will It Still Happen?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation deadline of July 1st came and went, having not received the green light from the U.S. administration. In January, President Trump announced a ‘deal of the century’, a Middle East peace plan that Palestinians deem to be constructed on Netanyahu’s desk. The […]


Brazil’s Bolsonaro Tests Positive for COVID-19 After Months Of Mismanagement

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 this week, after months of undermining the severity of the global pandemic. Speaking to a small group of reporters, a mask-wearing Bolsonaro confirmed he contracted the coronavirus. He stated, “There’s no reason for fear… Life goes on. I thank God for my […]


A Mental Health Crisis Following The Covid-19 Pandemic

A historical wave of mental health problems, such as depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide has accompanied the Covid-19 pandemic.  Whilst many countries have spent billions in schemes to protect their economy and workplace, even the most developed of countries, however, have vastly underfunded mental health systems.


The Covid-19 Pandemic Should Be Understood As A Health, Humanitarian And Development Emergency

The coronavirus pandemic should not only be understood as a health emergency, but also a humanitarian and developmental one as well. United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammad emphasizes, “these emergencies are compounding existing inequalities… In advanced economies, we’re seeing higher rates of mortality among already marginalized groups. And in developing […]


Elections In Poland: Controversy And Outrage During A Global Pandemic

Poland’s first ever all-postal presidential election is scheduled to be carried out in the next 7 days, amidst the worst global pandemic of our lifetimes. Governing bodies around the world have called to suspend the controversial elections that have been planned for May 10th, with many accusing incumbent President Andrzej […]


Stuck Between A Global Pandemic And A Militarized State: Internet Restrictions In Kashmir

After a seven-month communications blackout was lifted, the citizens of the Indian administered region of Jammu and Kashmir see their daily life suspended yet again due to the global coronavirus outbreak. No strangers to a lockdown, the residents are now faced with managing the COVID-19 pandemic in a unique circumstance. […]


30 Million People In Lockdown: Nigerian Government Issues Sweeping Restrictions In Major Cities 1

Nearly four weeks after sub-Saharan Africa’s first COVID-19 case, the coronavirus has managed to halt yet another commercial hub. This time it is Nigeria, which has had to take unprecedented measures in order to combat this global pandemic. The lock-down in the continent’s most populous country began on Monday night […]