Alex de Waal's new book delves into the business of politics in the turbulent, war-torn countries of north-east Africa.
Stimulating a new conversation about corruption and the global arms business.
South Sudan's political marketplace in eight cartoons. Art by Victor Ndula and text by Alex de Waal.
New book edited by Alex de Waal and winners of the 2013 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.
We 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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]