Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peace-building. His latest book is The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa (Polity Press, 2015).
In 1988, he received a D.Phil. in social anthropology at Nuffield College, Oxford for his thesis on the 1984-5 Darfur famine in Sudan. The next year he joined the Africa division of Human Rights Watch, only to resign in December 1992 in protest for HRW's support for the American military involvement in Somalia. He was the first chairman of the Mines Advisory Group at the beginning of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. He set up two independent human rights organizations, African Rights (1993) and Justice Africa (1999), focusing respectively on documenting human rights abuses and developing policies to respond to human rights crises, notably in Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan. From 1997 to 2001, he focused on avenues to peaceful resolution of the second Sudanese Civil War. In 2001, he returned to his work on health in Africa, writing on the intersection of HIV/AIDS, poverty and governance, and initiated the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa.
Following a fellowship with the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard (2004-06), he worked with the Social Science Research Council as Director of the program on HIV/AIDS and Social Transformation, and led projects on conflict and humanitarian crises in Africa (2006-09). During 2005-06, de Waal was seconded to the African Union mediation team for Darfur and from 2009-11 served as senior adviser to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan. He was on the list of Foreign Policy’s 100 most influential public intellectuals in 2008 and Atlantic Monthly’s 27 “brave thinkers” in 2009.
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Publications by Alex de Waal
Alex de Waal
is the Research Director of the World Peace Foundation and Assistant Research Professor at The Fletcher School. At WPF, she is the lead researcher on the How Mass Atrocities End
project. She previously worked as Research Director for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience. She led the Museum’s research and projects on contemporary threats of genocide, including curating an interactive installation From Memory to Action: Meeting the Challenge of Genocide Today
. She received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University in 2001, writing about cultural responses to humanitarian interventions in Bosnia and Haiti.
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Lisa Avery is Program Assistant to the World Peace Foundation. Lisa was previously employed as Administrative Specialist, Purchaser and Executive Assistant at Good Earth Teas in Santa Cruz, California, and graduated from Framingham State University as a Liberal Arts major.
Research Assistants 2015-2016:
Saskia Brechenmacher is a second-year MALD student and German National Merit Foundation scholar at The Fletcher School, where she studies comparative politics and public international law. Her research focuses on political violence and governance in conflict-affected and post-conflict states. She is also interested in mass atrocity prevention and the politics of international justice. Prior to her graduate studies at Fletcher, Saskia worked as a research analyst in the Democracy & Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. and in Brussels. She holds a BA in political science and Slavic studies from Brown University.
Aditya Sarkar is a MALD candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he studies human security, migration and issues of gender in conflict. He studied law at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India and is qualified as a lawyer in India as well as a solicitor in England and Wales. He previously worked as a lawyer with Linklaters LLP in London and as a researcher with the Ministry of Commerce in India. At Linklaters, he was part of the International Development Practice which advises governments, NGOs and private sector companies on issues of governance and accountability. His current research looks at political mobilisation and rights-claiming among refugees and migrant labour.
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