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Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine

In Mass Starvation, world-renowned expert on humanitarian crisis and response, and WPF Executive Director, Alex de Waal, provides an authoritative history of modern famines: their causes, dimensions and why they ended. He analyses starvation as a crime, and breaks new ground in examining forced starvation as an instrument of genocide and war. Refuting the enduring but erroneous view that attributes famine to overpopulation and natural disaster, he shows how political decision or political failing is an essential element in every famine, while the spread of democracy and human rights, and the ending of wars, were major factors in the near-ending of this devastating phenomenon. 

Hard-hitting and deeply informed, Mass Starvation (Polity Books, 2017) explains why man-made famine and the political decisions that could end it for good must once again become a top priority for the international community.

Book Events (2018)


November 19, 2018
The Future of Famine
5:30 -7:00pm
Chowen Lecture Theatre, BSMS
Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research (SCSR)
University of Sussex

Click here for the full list of of Mass Starvation book events.

November 21, 2018
Durham Castle Lecture Series – Prof. Alex de Waal
The Reckless Anthropocene
8:00pm-to 9:30pm
Great Hall, Durham Castle
Durham University
Durham, United Kingdom


February 1, 2019
MIT Seminar XXI
National Economies & Transnational Factors in a Globalized World
Speakers: Rawi Abdelal, Sarah Chayes, Alex de Waal, Kimberly Elliott, Josef Joffe, Andrew Natsios, Kenneth Oye, Adam Segal, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Edward You

Past Events:

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Academic Year 2018-2019