South Sudan's political marketplace in eight cartoons. Art by Victor Ndula and text by Alex de Waal.

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Explore Sudan and South Sudan's recent political history and access key documents on our interactive timeline.

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

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Sudan Peace Archive

The WPF's Sudan Peace Archive allows unprecedented access to the process of mediation in the Sudans.

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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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New Publication

Advocacy in Conflict

Conflicts in Africa, Asia and Latin America have become a common focus of advocacy by Western celebrities and NGOs. This provocative volume delves into the realities of these efforts, which have often involved compromising on integrity in pursuit of profile and influence.

Peace Missions in Africa

The WPF is spearheading research on peace missions in Africa, drawing upon African expertise and insight, in order to inform an African-led agenda for a new generation of political initiatives in support of peace, and international missions involving armed peacekeepers in the continent. The project will culminate in an independent Report to the African Union.

WPF Board Trustee in the News

Headshot of Ken Oye

Associate Professor of Engineering and Political Science at MIT and World Peace Foundation Board Trustee, Ken Oye is quoted in The New York Times discussing the implications of synthesis of morphine from genetically engineered yeast, from the article published in the journal Nature,  “Drugs: Regulate 'home-brew' opiates”.


New WPF Board Trustee

Deborah Chasman PhotographDeborah Chasman is Coeditor of Boston Review. Prior to that she worked at Beacon Press (1989-2002) where she developed the list in race, ethnicity, and social justice before becoming Editorial Director. She has served as a judge for the National Magazine Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. Click here to learn more about the WPF Board of Trustees.

From the Archives

Renunciation of War


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?

Sudan’s Hydrocrats – Book Review

  • But it’s no surprise that the massive spending on infrastructure began after 1999, simply because for the first time the government had the financial means. It should also come as no surprise that Bashir and others have continued to trumpet the same Islamist slogans, proudly showing off the dams as evidence for the regime’s triumphs. There is still an Islamist constituency to keep onside. But to conclude that ‘Mashru Al-Hadhari [the civilization project] is very much alive’ (p. 149) is to mistake rhetoric and manoevre for a genuine state project. The view on the street, endorsed by the members of the political elite whom Verhoeven cites, is that the central purpose of the DIU was larceny and political finance, and that building an Islamic state was just hot air. Indeed, Verhoeven’s own verdict is that the hydro-transformational project has ended in a ‘mixture of incompetence, myopia and extraversion’ (p. 248).
  • 20 year anniversary of the end of safe haven policy in Bosnia

  • Twenty years ago today the policy of the “safe havens” in Bosnia’s war collapsed, not in the hills of eastern Bosnia, but in a meeting in London.While it is more important to mark the anniversary of genocide at Srebrenica, today should not be forgotten. Nor should the shift be simplified into a redemption story for [...]

  • Do-gooders, do no harm: What are the best–and worst–ways to help those mired in international conflicts?

  • Laura Seay with Alex de Waal, From The Washington Post, July 17, 2015, Monkey Cage

    In today’s hyper-connected world, it’s easier than ever for those who live thousands of miles away from a conflict area to learn about a crisis. When people of good will hear about a crisis, be it the plight of [...]