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?

An invitation withdrawn: two Srebrenica dilemmas

  • The real dilemma concerns what must be excised from international genocide and mass atrocities agendas in order to produce the kind of lessons learned that are palatable to powerful international actors. When truth telling aligns with the interests of power, it invariably softens its demands. If you bring together people from key international decision-making institutions to discuss a historical event that can only be deemed a colossal failure, the lessons will inevitably be focused on how the different actors did not coordinate their efforts behind a single, guiding ethos or policy. This is invariably true and it evenly distributes blame. It is also invariably true of many international failures, mistakes and faux-pas: it may even describe the "international community" rather than a problem within it.
  • Liberating African Economic History from the Tyranny of Econometrics

  • There is a longstanding joke about Sudanese statistics: 87.7% of official figures are made up on the spot. Morten Jerven’s fabulous short book is a vindication of such skepticism, continent-wide and covering the last 25 years of economic analysis and policymaking. His aim is ambitious: nothing less than claiming that economists—specifically econometricians, who apply statistics [...]

  • The ICC Also Dodged a Bullet

  • President Bashir’s narrow escape from South Africa has shown that an executive decision by the African Union’s leaders, including the South African president, to refuse cooperation with the ICC, does not have legal force to override domestic law. It has shown that the ICC has no recourse if a government decides to ignore its obligations under the Rome Statute—only the domestic courts and authorities can enforce its decisions. It has embarrassed the African Union, which looks to be re-inventing itself as, in the words of the late Tanzanian leader Julius Nyerere describing its predecessor the Organisation of African Unity, a “trade union of dictators”. Most international sympathies will lie with the ICC: it has scored a moral point. But only the former and current staff of the office of the prosecutor, and others who followed the Bashir case closely, will be aware that the Sudanese president’s unseemly escape from South Africa also saved the ICC itself from what could have been severe embarrassment.