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

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WPF is proud to support the South Sudanese team documenting Southerners killed in conflict.

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Stimulating a new conversation about corruption and the global arms business.

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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."
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

Transforming Violent Masculinities

black and white image side view of man's head pressed against a grey wall with mirror image on left Wednesday, February 17, 2016, WPF presents "Transforming Violent Masculinities" with panel members Gary Barker, International Director and Founder of Promundo, and Kimberly Theidon, Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies at The Fletcher School.  Additional details can be found on our events page.
WPF Publication

Occasional Paper

In "What Went Wrong?: The Eritrean People's Liberation Front from Armed Opposition to State Governance," Paulos Tesfagiorgis discusses how the Eritrea People's Liberation Front evolved from a liberation front (1971-1991), into a highly successful organization with clear social and political agenda, and, ultimately, into an oppressive state where power is concentrated in the hands of the President and his close network.

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.
From the Archives

A Peace Reflection

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How South Sudanese pay for their leader’s war

  • Oil production is dropping…and the price of oil is falling too. The South Sudanese pound is depreciating. Inflation is rising. Foreign debts are increasing…The oil companies have refused any more loans and the government only borrow secretly at exorbitant rates.
  • Government versus Rebels?…Soldiers versus Citizens

  • The second cartoon of Alex de Waal and Victor Ndula’s  series on South Sudan’s war is “Government versus Rebels?…Soldiers versus Citizens.” The full series is available as pdf downloads on our website.

  • South Sudan: The price of war, the price of peace

  • This post begins a new eight-part cartoon series with text Alex de Waal and artwork by Victor Ndula, depicting the political marketplace in South Sudan. The series is the second in a collaboration between de Waal and Ndula, the first 8 episodes, "South Sudan: Who got What?" can be found on our website. The project was co-sponsored by the Cartoon Movement, Justice and Security Research Programme and the World Peace Foundation. We begin with Episode One