What comes next for Sudan?

One of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa,  Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation, discusses Sudan and the future of the country after the ousting of Omar al-Bashir.

Global Arms Trade and Corruption

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

  • ‘Don’t shoot us, dad’: Sudan’s uprising in context May 13, 2019
    Full article available with subscription through the Times Literary Supplement. Excerpt: The Sudanese know the script of non- violent popular uprising. Indeed, they have a strong claim to being pioneers in the field, long before the 2011 Arab Spring, in October 1964, when peaceful protests forced the country’s military ruler, General Ibrahim Abboud, to quit. […]
    Alex DeWaal
  • Almost everything we’re told about Al-Shabaab isn’t true May 8, 2019
    Al Shabaab has a remarkable intelligence apparatus. The title of this book alludes to a phone call that Mary Harper, a BBC journalist and longtime reporter on Somalia, received following a visit to Baidoa in the southwest of the country. The caller was a member of Al Shabaab, who described precisely where she had gone, […]
    Alex DeWaal

News and Media

"The work of solving Sudan’s problems is only just beginning", Alex de Waal on the challenges facing Sudan after the fall of al-Bashir.

THE NEW YORK TIMES April 11, 2019
Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the "spider at the center of the web" is outed by Sudan's military.  What's next for Sudan?

BBC NEWS April 11, 2019
Protests against the government of President Bashir beyond anything he has faced before, writes Sudan expert Alex de Waal.

FOREIGN POLICY April 8, 2019
When you have an intricate patronage-based system, removing the president is like decapitating the head in a drug cartel"

BOSTON REVIEW January 14, 2019
"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.


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

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