New Publication

In this introductory video, Alex de Waal discusses how he arrived at the title for his latest publication, New Pandemics, Old Politics.


Starving Tigray

World Peace Foundation’s Executive Director and Fletcher School Professor, Alex de Waal, Fletcher Assistant Professor Tom Dannenbaum and WPF researchers discuss war and famine in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, with The Fletcher School Dean, Rachel Kyte.

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  • Thabo Mbeki on the AU, politics of peace, and Ethiopia October 13, 2021
    WPF is honored to have our report, ‘African Politics, African Peace,’ on the African Union’s role in mediating conflict, mentioned in an address by former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, on 12 October 2021, before the UN Security Council. Below is the text of his speech, “Peacebuilding and sustainable peace: diversity, statebuilding [...] The […]
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  • Neither Impartial nor Independent: The Joint UN-EHRC Human Rights Investigation in Tigray October 11, 2021
    By Chidi Odinkalu, Paulos Tesfagiorgis, Alex de Waal and Delia Burns In March, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) established a joint investigation into alleged violations of human rights committed during the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia. Controversially, the partner was the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The decision has been heavily criticized [...] […]
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News & Media

AL JAZEERA | October 1, 2021

Alex de Waal joins Salah Eddine Elzien to discuss the widening split between Sudan's military and civilian leade

THE ATLANTIC | September 29, 2021

“A pandemic is a course correction to the trajectory of civilization,” Alex de Waal, of Tufts University and the author of New Pandemics, Old Politics.

ROLL CALL | September 22, 2021

If a cease-fire is not reached soon, de Waal said he fears a point of no return that could lead to the splintering of Ethiopia.


BBC NEWS | August 3, 2021

"Ethiopia goes through historical cycles of being robust and then precarious and it's at one of those very, very precarious moments," says Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation in the US.

Al JAZEline of hungry children waiting for foodERA | July 2, 2021

Alex de Waal writes on Abiy’s decision on humanitarian access and a country that could hold together, or a starvation blockade and national disintegration.

Gen Tsadkan Gebretensae blk & white photoBBC NEWS | June 30, 2021

A former army general has found himself at the centre of a rebellion against the Ethiopian government in the mountainous Tigray region, writes Alex de Waal.