Can we improve civilian protection by studying how mass atrocities have ended in the past? UN Photo/Martine Perret

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For over 100 years, the WPF has sought to educate about the waste and destructiveness of war and preparation for war.

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WPF’s Alex de Waal has played a critical role with the AU in the search for peace in Sudan. UN Photo/Tim McKulka

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Read Alex de Waal's analysis of recent events in South Sudan and Sudan.UN Photo.

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Through graphics and images, Alex de Waal explains Sudan's predicament. Read more.

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WPF affiliated research

Claire Smith (York University), a researcher with WPF's How Mass Atrocities End project, published "Illiberal peace-building in hybrid political orders: managing violence during Indonesia's contested political transition," in Third World Quarterly. Read how she employs the concept of 'hybrid political orders' to analyze the logic of illiberal peace-building processes in transitional states.
Student Opportunities

2014-2015 Student seminar competition

WPF invites proposals from Fletcher School students for a two-day seminar to be held on campus in February 2015. WPF seminars offer a rare opportunity for leading experts to engage in incisive, collegial and sustained dialogue on the pressing problems of our day. The student competition enables Fletcher School students to frame an issue and interact with leading global experts on the topic of their choosing.

Ending Mass Atrocities

Learn more about the intellectual work behind WPF's How Mass Atrocities End project in a new essay by Bridget Conley-Zilkic and Alex de Waal, "Setting the Agenda for Evidence-Based Research on Ending Mass Atrocities," published February 2014 in the Journal of Genocide Research.
In the news

De Waal on Sudan and South Sudan

Read Alex de Waal's recent writings on Sudan and South Sudan on our blog: "South Sudan obtained independence in July 2011 as a kleptocracy – a militarized, corrupt neo-patrimonial system of governance."
From the blog

Visualizing South Sudan

Find out why Alex de Waal’s March 13, 2014 essay, "The Culprit: The Army” from his Visualizing South Sudan series is the most popular blog contribution thus far in 2014. One excerpt: “There are 745 generals in the SPLA. That’s 41 more than in the four U.S. services combined, and second only to Russia’s 887 generals and admirals in the world.”
Occasional Paper

Gender, Peace and Conflict

Dyan Mazurana and Keith Proctor draw on interdisciplinary research to provide a summary of the key literature, frameworks and findings in five topic areas related to Gender, Conflict, and Peace, and suggest areas that need further research. Questions addressed include: How does a gender analysis inform our understanding of armed conflict and peace-making? What are the gendered dimensions of war, non-violent resistance, peace processes, and transitional justice?

Event summary: A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts

  • The World Peace Foundation hosted a book signing and discussion of James Copnall’s new book, A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts, on October 16, 2014. The event was moderated by Alex de Waal and held at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

    Copnall, a former BBC correspondent to Sudan and [...]

  • The Political Marketplace: Analyzing Political Entrepreneurs and Political Bargaining with a Business Lens

  • Memorandum prepared for the WPF’s seminar held 12 – 13 June, 2014: “The Political Marketplace”: Developing a Framework for Addressing the Real Politics of Coercion and Corruption. Memo also available as a pdf: Political Marketplace_de Waal.

    This memorandum is intended to serve as an introduction to the framework of the “political marketplace,” [...]

  • Democratization and the Political Role of the Armed Forces

  • In less than a week, Joko Widodo will be sworn in as Indonesia’s seventh president; the first without ties to its authoritarian past. Mr Widodo succeeds Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, marking the country’s first exchange of power between directly elected presidents. The election was fiercely contested but peaceful, and the role of the military was singled [...]