Alex de Waal

Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and a Research Professor at the Fletcher School

  • D.Phil., Social Anthropology, Nuffield College, Oxford
  • BA (Hons), Psychology with Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, Oxford


Alex de Waal is executive director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at Tufts University. From 2009 to 2011 he served as senior advisor to the African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan. He was also program director at the Social Science Research Council, with responsibilities for research programs on humanitarian issues and HIV/AIDS and social transformation. His academic research has focused on issues of famine, conflict and human rights in Africa. He was awarded an OBE in the UK New Year’s Honors List of 2009, was on the Prospect/Foreign Policy list of 100 public intellectuals in 2008 and the Atlantic Monthly list of 27 ‘brave thinkers’ in 2009.

Areas of Expertise
  • Africa
  • Complex Emergencies
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Action
  • Security and Defense, International
  • Sudan

Professional Activities
  • President, International Humanitarian Studies Association (2009-2011)
  • Chair, Mines Advisory Group (1993-98)

Professional Associations
  • International Humanitarian Studies Association

  • Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
  • Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Fellow, Social Science Research Council
  • Senior Adviser, African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan

de Waal, Alex. "AIDS and Power: Why There is No Political Crisis—Yet." London: Zed Books, 2006.
de Waal, Alex and Julie Flint. "Darfur: A New History of a Long War." London: Zed Book, 2005, revised ed. 2008.
de Waal, Alex. "Demilitarizing the Mind: African Agendas for Peace and Security." Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2002.
de Waal, Alex. "Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa." Oxford: James Currey, 1997.
de Waal, Alex. "Famine that Kills: Darfur, Sudan." Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1989; revised ed. 2004; U.S. ed. 2005.

  • Atlantic Monthly’s 27 “brave thinkers,” 2009
  • Officer, Order of the British Empire, 2009
  • 100 top public intellectuals, Foreign Policy/Prospect, 2007

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