The World Peace Foundation has a new home, at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a new Executive Director, Alex de Waal.
Under an affiliation agreement between the Foundation and Tufts, the resources of the Foundation will be devoted to building a program of research, teaching and advocacy at the Fletcher School. As soon as refurbishment is completed, the Foundation will move into new offices at TAB, 169 Holland St. This will provide space for the permanent staff of the WPF Program at Fletcher and for students and faculty working on the program’s main area of focus.
“We are extremely excited to welcome the World Peace Foundation into the Fletcher School community,” said Stephen W. Bosworth, Dean of The Fletcher School. “The Foundation’s mission and ongoing research initiatives are respected the world over, and align seamlessly with Fletcher’s core values and vision. My colleagues and I look forward to working with Alex de Waal on new programming and initiatives in the months to come.”
“The World Peace Foundation is very pleased to be collaborating with Tufts University and the Fletcher School in this important way,” said Philip S. Khoury, Chairman of the World Peace Foundation Board of Trustees. “The Fletcher School is among the world’s leading professional schools of international affairs. We look forward to our working together to promote intellectually rigorous and effective approaches to resolving the world’s most pressing issues.”
“I foresee the World Peace Foundation Program at Tufts positioning itself as a global leader in rigorous and creative new thinking about peace,” said Alex de Waal. “Our program will involve an ambitious research agenda, in the first instance working on justice and security in fragile states and conflict-affected environments around the world, and on how mass atrocity ends. In addition, we will engage with policymakers on the most pressing peace and security issues, especially in the Horn of Africa. I also foresee the Program providing exciting opportunities for research students to develop innovative thinking through a series of seminars on ‘new frontiers in peace and security’.”
Executive Director Alex de Waal joins the Foundation from the Social Science Research Council, where he has been working as senior advisor to the African Union High Level Panel on Sudan. The Research Director is Bridget Conley Zilkic, newly joining the WPF from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Administrator is Lisa Avery.
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