Our newly relaunched Compendium of Arms Trade Corruption details 36 cases of corruption in the global arms trade, and the broader military sector, with key information on the buyers, sellers, the weapons sold, the money that changed hands and the shady intermediaries oiling the wheels and greasing the palms.

Andrew Feinstein: How weapons wound democracy

Andrew Feinstein, our colleague from Corruption Watch UK,  discusses his role revealing massive corruption in a South African arms deal from the late 1990s.

Compendium of Arms Trade Corruption

WPF's Sam Perlo-Freeman introduces the Compendium on Arms Trade Corruption, a new resource documenting corruption charges in a wide array of cases from around the world.

Alex de Waal on Famine

Alex de Waal discusses some of the main points from his book, Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine (Polity 2018).

Myths of the Global Arms Trade

Vijay Prashad, journalist, historian and director of Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, discusses the flow of weapons from ‘friends’ to ‘enemies’ across today’s war zones. Produced by World Peace Foundation with Corruption Watch, original footage produced for Shadow World.

RSS WPF Blog: Reinventing Peace

  • 2018 Movement towards accountability for starvation February 13, 2019
    In a briefing paper, “Movement towards accountability for Starvation,” published today by the World Peace Foundation and Global Rights Compliance, we review two key advances that occurred in 2018, and indicate areas where more work is required. Below is from the executive summary: Can starvation be prosecuted? While international criminal law (‘ICL’) has become increasingly sophisticated […]
    World Peace Foundation
  • Australia’s Kyriarchal Immigration System: Employee of the Month, February February 11, 2019
    This month’s winner is the global network of barricade builders, an international class of leaders—nationalized this month through the example of Australia –dedicated to governing by creating zones of privilege, predicated on the simultaneous creation of zones of deprivation. Our attention was drawn to Australia when the country’s highest literary award was granted in 2019 […]
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News & Media

"Almost all famines are principally caused by war and political repression carried out with disregard for human life".  Alex de Waal on starvation crimes, perpetrators and victims, and efforts to prosecute those responsible.

Can Sudan's protests succeed? See Alex de Waal and Abdel-wahab El Affendi, Professor of Politics at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies discuss the unrest in Sudan on Al Jazeera's Inside Story.


Alex de Waal details why Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman should be prosecuted for causing and continuing starvation in Yemen, in December 4, The Guardian.

This devastating article in the New York times describes how Saudi Coalition attacks on Yemen are pushing the country toward famine.

Alex de Waal discusses the logic and benefits of a European-Mediterranean integration in The Guardian.

In the July New Yorker, Alex de Waal, Martha Mundy & Global Rights Compliance group discuss accountability for using food as a weapon in Yemen.


Alex de Waal writes on the unfolding calamity in Yemen in this June 14 New York Times article.



Alex de Waal speaks to NPR on the history, misconceptions and future of famine