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

  • Security Arrangements in South Sudan’s Peace Deal: Do No Harm March 20, 2019
    In South Sudan’s political marketplace, a bad peace deal—or a badly-implemented peace deal—can be as bad as no deal at all. A collapsing peace deal has the potential of unleashing exceptionally severe violence. According to the ‘do no harm’ precept, those who design peace agreements and steer their implementation, should not allow optimism of the […]
    Alex DeWaal
  • Who is arming the Yemen war? An update March 19, 2019
    Just over a year ago, I wrote an article, 'Who is arming the Yemen war? (And is anyone planning to stop)', surveying arms supplies to the conflict parties. This article updates the information with the latest available data, including the most recent edition of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Database, released on Monday 11 March.
    Samuel Perlo-Freeman

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