How are our nuclear weapons choices decided? Who gets a say in making the knowledge that is used to justify these choices? Emma Belcher discusses these questions with Dr. Benoit Pelopidas, founding director of the Nuclear Knowledges program at Sciences Po (CERI) in Paris. On Early Warning, Alex Hall sits down with Dr. Bridget Conley, research director at the World Peace Foundation. She discusses how civilians are protected under the laws of war, and the intersection between nuclear weapons and genocide.

An engaging podcast on nuclear policy and national security, Press the Button is co-hosted by defense experts Tom Collina and Michelle Dover of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. 

In the News

A peace process is possible in Ethiopia, but obstacles remain
Alex de Waal

THE CONVERSATION | June 21, 2022
Starving civilians is an ancient military tactic, but today it’s a war crime in Ukraine, Yemen, Tigray and elsewhere
Tom Dannenbaum, Alex de Waal and Daniel Maxwell

20/20 NETWORK | May 17, 2022
The compounding food crisis: Root Causes and Solutions
Panel discussion with Professor Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and Dr. David Laborde, Senior Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division and the Theme Leader on Macroeconomics and Trade for the International Food Policy Research Institute

Strongmen, coups, corruption drive Horn of Africa to the brink
Alex de Waal

THE GUARDIAN | March 29, 2022
Russia could be guilty of starvation crimes in Ukraine. We must act
Alex de Waal and Catriona Murdoch

RSS WPF Blog: Reinventing Peace

  • Digital feast and famine: Digital technologies and humanitarian law in food security, starvation and famine risk June 9, 2022
    New report by Susanne Jaspars, Catriona Murdoch and Nisar Majid Recent studies have looked at the role of international law in onflict-induced food insecurity and in promoting accountability for mass starvation (see for example:Jordash et al., 2019, Akande and Emanuela-Chiara, 2019). The role of digital technologies in humanitarian law is also beginning to be [...] […]
    World Peace Foundation
  • How Not to End Mass Starvation May 24, 2022
    The United Nations has announced a plan to alleviate world hunger and prevent famine. If the steps are implemented they may ease global food prices. But they won’t stop today’s famines, most of which are deliberately inflicted in the course of war. Addressing man-made starvation needs political courage—and UN Secretary General António Guterres isn’t showing […]
    Alex DeWaal