Can we improve civilian protection by studying how mass atrocities have ended in the past? UN Photo/Martine Perret

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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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WPF’s Alex de Waal has played a critical role with the AU in the search for peace in Sudan. UN Photo/Tim McKulka

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Dyan Mazurana and Keith Proctor provide an overview of research on gender, conflict and peace.UN Women/Gaganjit Singh

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Read Alex de Waal's analysis of recent events in South Sudan and Sudan.UN Photo.

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Through graphics and images, Alex de Waal explains Sudan's predicament. Read more.

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From the blog

Visualizing Sudan's Predicament

Starting on May 8, 2014, we introduced a new blog series, "Visualizing Sudan's Predicament," by Alex de Waal. The series ultimately includes ten short essays that each highlight key graphs, tables and images that provide new insight into Sudanese economics and politics. Keep checking our website and blog to stay updated on the series.

War Secrets by Aristides Hernandez

In Memoriam

Honoring a WPF Trustee

We are deeply saddened by the death of Peter Bell. He was a mentor and inspiration to many of us, a true exemplar of a life dedicated to public service in the highest sense. Among his many accomplishments, he was the longest-serving board member of the World Peace Foundation. Peter's personal gentleness and firm, unflinching clarity on principle, was exceptional.


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.

From Unlearning Violence

"As a society, we don't understand that the caregiver needs to be nurtured."

-Regina Sullivan
In the news

De Waal on South Sudan

WPF's Alex de Waal offers expert insights into the nature and scope of the challenges facing South Sudan. One quote: "The current conflict has three main dimensions — a political dispute within the ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM); a regional and ethnic war; and a crisis within the army itself." Read more.
Seminar Series

Patterns of Mass Violence in Somalia

Building on contributions from our September seminar on Somalia, WPF has published several short essays and a seminar briefing exploring the country’s political economy, historic patterns of violence, and context of changing frameworks of governance and conflict associated with the post-Cold War era.
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?
From the blog

Reclaiming Activism

Find out why Alex de Waal’s April 30, 2013 essay, “Reclaiming Activism” remains the most popular blog contribution thus far in 2013. One excerpt: “activists should approach the people with whom they hope to act, in a spirit of humility and self-effacement. That is the practice of solidarity.”

Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago, Chile

  • “Are you looking for the museo?” Having taken the wrong metro exit, I surely looked like the standard lost gringa standing on a corner in the old neighborhood of Barrio Brasil on Santiago’s west side. It was on that corner that I found that a simple request for directions to the Museum of Memory could [...]

  • Corruption and Insecurity: A Big Emerging Agenda

  • The Carnegie Working Group on Corruption and Security last month published a paper, Corruption: The Unrecognized Threat to International Security.

    It’s an important paper: it points to the striking fact that corruption is closely associated with state fragility, and that militant insurgencies are closely associated with opposition to kleptocratic regimes.

    It’s also work in [...]

  • International Interventions and the Human Cost of a Militarized Political Marketplace in Chad

  • I argue that the Chadian political marketplace is characterized by five main patterns: externally-derived rents, the gap between politico-military entrepreneurs and the cheap combatant labor force who participate in “rent-seeking” rebellions, a violent mode of governing associated with a decentralized control over the instruments of coercion, the structural weakness of the civilian opposition trapped between repression and cooptation, and the exclusion of women.