Mass Starvation

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Alex de Waal on Gaza, Sudan, and Tigray

On the Closer of the Walpole Prison
What happens when the oil money dries up?
In fragile states with oil economies, wealth sharing cements political settlements. Will global decarbonization spell conflict and repression in these countries? What can be done to ensure the energy transition brings peace and democracy?
COVID & Prison
Covid Diagnosed The System
The pandemic devastated American prisons. But for many incarcerated people it wasn't the biggest challenge they faced. COVID newly exposed the failures of mass incarceration and underlined the need for real change.
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The opportunity cost of the arms trade between North America, Europe and the MENA region


Congratulations to WPF's Executive Director, Alex de Waal on receiving the 2023 Royal Anthropological Institute’s Huxley Award! Read more about the award on our blog.

In the News

FOREIGN AFFAIRS | April 8, 2024
Ethiopia Back on the Brink: How Abiy’s Reckless Ambition—and Emirati Meddling—Are Fueling Chaos in the Horn
By Alex de Waal and Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Berhe
Arguably the worst armed conflict of the twenty-first century so far is not the one unfolding in Gaza or in Ukraine, but rather the catastrophic civil war in Ethiopia that ended 18 months ago.

THE GUARDIAN | March 21, 2024
Alex de Waal in The Guardian:  We are about to witness in Gaza the most intense famine since the second world war.

NEW YORK TIMES | March 9, 2024
I Said the Era of Famines Might Be Ending. I Was Wrong.
Nearly eight years ago I wrote an essay for New York Times Opinion asking whether the world had finally moved beyond the peril of large-scale famines. My answer was that it might very well have. I was wrong.

THE GUARDIAN | January 31, 2024
Unless Israel changes course, it could be legally culpable for mass starvation
Gaza is on the brink of famine. If the US and UK fail to use every possible lever to stop the catastrophe, they will be complicit.

























RSS WPF Blog: Reinventing Peace

  • How ‘Traumatic Decarbonization’ Can Impact Political Stability and Peace April 11, 2024
    This article was originally published on the United States Institute of Peace on April 10, 2024 The process of decarbonization — that is, the replacement of fossil fuels with non-hydrocarbon-based forms of energy — is essential for the world to meet its climate goals. But in many fragile oil-producing states, hydrocarbon revenues are not just […]
    Lisa Avery
  • The Political Role of Corruption: How Money Makes the Political World Go Round April 3, 2024
    Money makes the political world go round. But what about the money obtained through corrupt means? Where does this fit into the picture? When we think of corruption, we often think of the politicians who use their position to make themselves, their family, or their friends wealthy. However, this is only part of the picture. […]
    Jared D. Miller