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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Student Opportunity

Student Seminar Competition

Fletcher students, this is your chance to conceptualize a two day research seminar and invite experts from around the world, all funded by the WPF. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 9.
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.


Upcoming Events

Book Lecture with Scott Strauss

Scott Straus Making and Unmaking Nations book coverJoin World Peace Foundation on Thursday, November 5, 2015 as we welcome author Scott Straus to discusses his new book,Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership and Genocide in Modern Africa. 

For more information visit our  Events page.

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.

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.

WPF Fellows

New WPF Fellows

World Peace Foundation is excited to welcome Dyan Mazurana, PhD, as a Senior Fellow.
Professor Mazurana is a Research Director at the Feinstein International Center and an Associate Research Professor at The Fletcher School.
From the Archives

A Peace Reflection

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Review of “The Look of Silence”

  • Joshua Oppenheimer’s film, The Look of Silence, seems to argue that the kind of speech capable of social change shares much with silence. The film provides a companion reflection to how post-conflict or transitional justice is often conceived of as official speech. In transitional justice, the power of change is envisioned as working its [...]

  • ISIL: Where the “Real (Islamic) Men” Are

  • ISIL’s message: Where the world “denies” potential recruits their masculinity, the Islamic State is ready to confer. The group promises these young men that by immigrating to the combat zones of Iraq and Syria, they will “reclaim” their masculinity by assuming their idealized gender roles of fighter and protector.
  • Elusive peace in South Sudan and the need to change course in the mediation

  • The conflict in the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, is approaching its second year without resolution. Seven cease fire agreements have been signed and none of them has been implemented. Since its beginning, the conflict has cost the lives of thousands of civilians and displaced nearly one in five of every South Sudanese.

    The Inter-Governmental [...]