The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa book cover

Alex de Waal's new book delves into the business of politics in the turbulent, war-torn countries of north-east Africa.

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Stimulating a new conversation about corruption and the global arms business.

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

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

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Advocacy in Conflict book cover

New book edited by Alex de Waal and winners of the 2013 student seminar competition.

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WPF Publication

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa

Political Marketplace book cover stacks of moneyAlex de Waal's latest book draws on his thirty-year career in Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, including experience as a participant in high-level peace talks, to provide a unique and compelling account of how these countries leaders run their governments, conduct their business, fight their wars and, occasionally, make peace.


WPF Publication

Occasional Paper

In "What Went Wrong?: The Eritrean People's Liberation Front from Armed Opposition to State Governance," Paulos Tesfagiorgis discusses how the Eritrea People's Liberation Front evolved from a liberation front (1971-1991), into a highly successful organization with clear social and political agenda, and, ultimately, into an oppressive state where power is concentrated in the hands of the President and his close network.
Student Opportunity

Student Seminar Competition

The winners this year's Student Seminar Competition are: Medha Basu, David Cronin, Bret McEvoy, Héctor Portillo, and Sumaya Saluja, for the proposal, “Masculinity: Men, Violence, and Transformation.” Congratulations to them and thank you to all who submitted proposals.

Save the Date! Open program, Wednesday, February 18, 2016.  Details to Follow.

From the Archives

A Peace Reflection

Archive poster - A Peace Reflection blue and green


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 Fellows

New WPF Fellows

Sarah Nouwen headshotWorld Peace Foundation is pleased to welcome Sarah Nouwen as a Visiting Senior Fellow.  Sarah is a University Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge, Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and a fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.


New WPF Board Trustee

Anat Biletzki headshot photoWe are pleased to welcome Professor Anat Biletzki to the WPF board of Trustees.  Professor Biletzki is the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University and Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University.  Click here to learn more about the WPF Board of Trustees.


Assassinating Terrorists Does Not Work

  • Below is an excerpt from Alex de Waal’s essay, “Assassinating Terrorists Does Not Work,” available in full at The Boston Review, November 24, 2015.

    Two important events in the confrontation between the Islamic State and the West occurred on November 12 and 13. Although overshadowed by the Paris atrocities, they warrant our attention. On [...]

  • The quest for good governance in the Ethiopian public sector

  • Reading a working paper by the Washington based Center for Global Development, titled ‘Escaping capability traps through Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)’ made me think of the continued investment of the Ethiopian government to improve good governance in public service delivery, and the little return it brought in terms of sustained improvement in the [...]

  • Event Summary: Advocacy in Conflict Book Launch

  • How legitimate and accountable are Westerners who advocate for geographically and culturally distinct issues? If the legitimacy of these Western actors is not derived from those people on whose behalf they are advocating, what gives these ‘activists’ the right to propose solutions? Who are these advocates accountable to, if they do harm? How can advocacy [...]