From the monthly archives: May 2018

In the preamble to the Protocol of the Constitutive Act Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), AU member states’ lamented that ‘no single internal factor has contributed more to … the suffering of the civilian population [in Africa] than the scourge of conflicts within and […]

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Recognizing that in today’s geopolitics, no idea is bad enough to be put to rest, we draw on a 2013 interview with Trita Parsi, founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council, author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States (2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (2012). The interview took place during a period of mounting US pressure on Iran to cease their nuclear program, but before the Joint Comprehesnive Pan of Action that the Obama Administration signed with China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the European Union, and Iran. Parsi’s warnings then about the perceived ‘military solution’ are as relevant today as they were then.

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UNSC Resolution 2417, passed yesterday, highlights the nexus the conflict and famine that has echoed across Alex de Waal’s work, most notably in his book, Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine (2018). The UNSC resolution not only draws attention to the need for unobstructed delivery of humanitarian supplies, it points out that starvation can be […]

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Our latest report from the Global Arms Business and Corruption program is “Corruption in the Russian Defense Sector” by Polina Beliakova and Sam Perlo-Freeman. As the authors note in the Conclusion,

While corruption can be considered a core element of the Russian political system, which is in many ways designed to put the […]

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Alex de Waal has a new essay, “Social Nutrition and Prohibiting Famine” in World Nutrition (2018, 9:1). Below is an extract, the full essay is available through World Nutrition.

The world almost conquered famine. By the first decade of this century, we were at the threshold of abolishing this age-old scourge, for good. But in […]

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In this new short video (4.36 mins)  produced by the WPF, Alex de Waal discusses some of the main ideas from his new book, Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine (Polity 2018).

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