Access case study and thematic research that forms the most extensive review of AU peace missions ever conducted.

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Will famine and conflict-induced mass starvation end in our lifetime? Access the new WPF dataset, Famine Trends.

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Edited by Bridget Conley-Zilkic, the book analyses the processes, decisions, and factors that end mass atrocities.

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Debunks myths about an arms industry that normalizes the existence of the most savage weapons of mass destruction ever

Access the second cartoon series by Alex de Waal and Victor Ndula on the political marketplace in South Sudan.

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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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Garrison America

Alex de Waal photo "Garrison America and the Threat of Global War" Alex de Waal explores the causes of the powerful national and global currents that gave rise to populist insurgencies:"Only in the last few years have economists woken up to the extremes of inequality engendered by unfettered global markets. Meanwhile Brexit and the Trump vote have shown us the political significance of the societal wastelands that follow in their wake." Read more in the December Boston Review.




Indefensible: Seven Myths that Sustain the Global Arms Business

New Publication

Indefensible: Myths that Sustain the Global Arms Trade, book cover"Indefensible" is the essential handbook for those who want to debunk the arguments of the industry and its supporters: deploying case studies, statistics and irrefutable evidence to demonstrate they are fundamentally flawed, both factually and logically. Available now as a download from Zed books.  The hardcopy will be available in February 2017.

Upcoming Events

Theorizing (Dis)Order: Governing in an Uncertain World

Save the date post itCongratulations to Akua Agyen, Protiti Roy, Ben Spatz, Juan Taborda and Rebecca Tapscott for the winning seminar submission, "Theorizing (Dis)Order: Governing in an Uncertain World".  An open program will be held Friday, March 3, 2016.  Additional details to come! 



Peace Missions in Africa

African Pplitics African Peace report coverWPF report, African Politics, African Peace charts an agenda for peace in Africa, focusing on how the African Union can implement its norms and use its instruments to prevent and resolve armed conflicts. It is an independent report of the WPF, supported by the African Union, and is the most extensive review of the African Union’s peace missions ever conducted. It is based on detailed case studies and cross-cutting research, and draws on consultations with leading experts, peacekeepers, and mediators.

African peace research

Access the core thematic and case study research that makes "African Politics, African Peace" the most extensive review of African Union peace missions ever conducted. Topics include: The African Peace and Security Architecture, mandates and doctrine for peace missions, unconstitutional changes in government, preventing and responding to mass atrocities, protection from sexual and gender based violence, sanctions, mediation, and over 20 case study profiles.

What went wrong in South Sudan

Alex de Waal Al Jazeera interviewSee Alex de Waal on Al Jazeera's Inside Story and access his Occasional Paper on South Sudan, published  March 24, 2016 which provides additional background on the mounting threats that contributed to  the outbreak of violence on July 8.

Practical Security: Security Sector Reform in Stormy Waters

New WPF Publication

How Mass Atrocities End

Book cover How Mass Atrocities End sunrays breaking through cloudsNow available through Cambridge Press, How Mass Atrocities End presents an analysis of the processes, decisions, and factors that help bring about the end of mass atrocities. It includes qualitatively rich case studies from Burundi, Guatemala, Indonesia, Sudan, Bosnia, and Iraq, drawing patterns from wide-ranging data. How Mass Atrocities End offers a much needed correction to the popular “salvation narrative” framing mass atrocity in terms of good and evil.

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.


WPF Supported Project

Remembering the Ones We Lost

WPF is proud to support the work of South Sudanese civil society actors as they document the names of people killed in South Sudan's conflicts since 1955. As the website states, "This project is designed for one purpose: to honor the memory of each person who has died or gone missing during conflict in South Sudan."

South Sudan Occasional Paper

New analysis by Alex de Waal argues that South Sudan today is a collapsed political marketplace. He also warns that the convergent economic, security and political crises mean that South Sudan is entering an extremely dangerous phase.


The danger of a single story on the contested transition in The Gambia

  • The current crisis in The Gambia has a simple story. On 1 December 2016 presidential elections were held in the country with the incumbent Yahya Jammeh and the opposition leader Mr Adama Barrow as frontrunners. The following day, the Independent Electoral Commission of the Gambia announced a surprising result, Jammeh lost the election by 39.6 [...]

  • A toast for the new year, part 3

  • In this posting, we present a voice from the African American community, from a slightly later period, but which we think speaks strongly to today. Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967) was an American author of poetry, plays, novels, short stories and essay—one of the brilliant writers to emerge as part of the Harlem Renaissance. In 1936, he published “Let America Be America Again," a poem that articulates a vision of a country that excluded his own community of African-Americans among others--the Native population and the poor--and that transforms an illusion of past greatness into a call to action to forge the country we would yet want to see.
  • A toast for the new year, part 2

  • Those who are interested in the outlawry of war are not interested in it as a panacea, but as a supplement to all other means of obtaining peaceful settlement of disputes, and we all know that there is going to be no one way out, but we must put war outside the sanction of law. We have built up this human institution and we can tear it down much more quickly than we have built it up. By the nation saying that we have come to the conclusion that this human institution is futile and stupid, and therefore we will not sanction it legally, then we can proceed unhampered toward organization to take care of the problems that confront us as a nation in our international relations.