This research program builds on Executive Director Alex de Waal’s years of research, activism and policy on the Horn of Africa. A central component is de Waal's development of an analytical framework for governance and violence that he calls the “rentier political marketplace” and exploration of how it describes dynamics of power in different contexts. The program includes:
The Political Marketplace: The theoretical development of de Waal's concept of the political marketplace and its manifestation in Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia. This research culminated in the 2015 publication, The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power (Polity Press). Access other key writings from Alex de Waal on dynamics of the "real politics" in the Horn of Africa.
South Sudan Cartoons: a series of eight political cartoons with art by Victor Ndula and text by Alex de Waal, explaining South Sudan's predicament. Published in Spring 2015.
The Justice and Security Research Programme: In partnership with the London School of Economics (LSE), this research program explores patronage markets and hybrid political orders: how fragile and conflict-ridden countries really function in fragile and conflict-affected states.