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Upcoming Events

 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)



London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

John Snow Lecture Theater
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)


Alex de Waal, Executive Director, the World Peace Foundation, and Research Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Professor Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM and Professor of Global Health

Past Events:

Academic Year 2017-2018 | Academic Year 2016-2017 | Academic Year 2015-2016 Previous

Event summaries, where available, can be found by clicking on the event title.

Academic Year 2017-2018

Mass Starvation book events:


Jan. 18: Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies

Thursday 18 January 2018, 15.00-17.00
DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies
Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A
2100 Copenhagen

Alex de Waal, Executive Director, the World Peace Foundation, and Research Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Andreas Hansen, External Partnerships Officer, UN World Food Programme
Peter Albrecht, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Jan. 25: London School of Economics

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
LSE, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF
Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa


Alex de Waal, Executive Director, the World Peace Foundation, and Research Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Clare Short,  Former UK Secretary of State for International Development
Professor Mary Kaldor, Director, Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit



Feb. 1: DC: Center for Strategic & International Studies

Thursday, February 1, 2018
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
CSIS Headquarters
1616 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036


Alex de Waal, Executive Director, the World Peace Foundation, and Research Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Kimberly Flowers,  Director, Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food Security Project

Feb. 22: The Hague: Leiden University, 5:30 book signing, event 6 p.m

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Wijnhaven Building
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP Den Haag
Room: Spanish Steps


Alex de Waal, Executive Director, the World Peace Foundation, and Research Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Wayne Jordash QC, lead counsel UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
Catriona Murdoch, barrister, UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, MFA UN Security Council Taskforce

Feb 26: Galway:  Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland

February 26 @ 6:30 pm
Ó Tnuathail Theatre, Arts Millennium Building
NUI Galway



Mar. 15: NY: International Rescue Committee,  12:30 p.m



Apr. 18: “Fighting Famine: Hindering Hunger, Malnutrition, and Mortality”, a Conversation with Alex de Waal, United Nations University, Japan

2F Reception Hall
United Nations University
53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925

Apr. 19: National Defense Academy of Japan

Apr. 26: Brown University, Global Health Initiative

Global Health Research Day
Thursday, April 26, 2018
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Lecture Hall 160
Alpert Medical School
222 Richmond Street
Providence, RI

“Mass Starvation: The history and future of famine”
Alex de Waal, D.Phil., Research Professor, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation



May 4: MA: The Return of Famine
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
9:00am – 5:30pm
Asean Auditorium

May 9: Dublin:Royal Irish Academy, sponsored by Trocaire and Concern Worldwide

18:00 – 21:00 IST
The Royal Irish Academy
19 Dawson Street

Professor Alex De Waal will be joined by Professor Siobhan Mullally for an evening of discussion on the history and future of famine.
The event will be chaired by journalist and RTE presenter Audrey Carville.

May 10: The Memory and Utility of Mass Starvation

UCC Center for Global Development
Boole 4
University College Cork

April 13-15, 2018 Inaugural Conference: Frontiers of Prevention

Binghamton University, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Friday April 13, – Saturday April 14, 2018
Binghamton, N.Y. USA

Panel 11: If Not Now, When?
Saturday, April 14, 2018

“Starting with the Conclusion: Prevention Lessons from Atrocity Endings”
Bridget Conley, Research Director, World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School, Tufts University

“If Not Now When? Prevention of Mass Atrocities and the Future of Human Rights”
Simon Adams, Executive Director, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

The ASSA/AEA Annual Meetings
Economists for Peace and Security
January 5 – 7, 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Panel Discussion:
Are Trump Administration Policies Improving International Security?
Saturday, January 6, 2018 12:30 – 2:15 pm
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, Meeting Room 306

Chair: Kathleen Stephansen

  • Linda Bilmes, Harvard University
    US Security budget 
  • Jennifer Olmsted, Drew University
  • Sam Perlo-Freeman, World Peace Foundation
    Transatlantic relationships
  • David Firestein, East West Institute
    Transpacific relationships
THE NEW BARBARIANISM is an original documentary film by the Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS) examining rising levels of violence targeting health workers worldwide.

Monday, November 27, 2017
8 p.m. Panel discussion
8:45 p.m. Reception

ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies at The Fletcher School and the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), co-sponsored by World Peace Foundation, Feinstein International Center, Institute for Human Security and the International Securities Studies Program.

Panel discussion and screening:


  • J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center
  • Monica Duffy Toft, Professor of International Politics & Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, The Fletcher School
  • Tom Dannenbaum, Assistant Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School
  • Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation & Research Professor, The Fletcher School
  • Susannah Sirkin, Director of International Policy and Partnerships/Senior Advisor, Physicians for Human Rights & Senior Fellow, The Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard Kennedy School


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After Rape: Violence Justice and Social Harmony in Uganda
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
6:00pmThe Fletcher Building
Crowe Room
160 Packard Ave.
Medford, MAModerated by Kimberly Theidon, Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts UniversityFollowing the ICC intervention in 2005, Northern Uganda has been at the heart of international justice debates. The emergent controversy, however, missed crucial aspects of Acholi realities: that the primary moral imperative in the wake of wrongdoing was not punishment but, instead, the restoration of social harmony. Drawing upon abundant fieldwork and in-depth interviews with almost 200 women, Holly Porter examines issues surrounding wrongdoing and justice, and sexual violence and rape among the Acholi people in Northern Uganda.This intricate exploration offers evidence of a more complicated and nuanced explanation of rape and its aftermath, suggesting a re-imagining of the meanings of post-atrocity justice, whilst acknowledging the role of sex, power and politics in all sexual experiences between coercion and consent.Holly Porter is a Research Fellow in the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and holds a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship with the Institute of Development Policy and Management (University of Antwerp) and the Conflict Research Group (Ghent University). Dr. Porter’s research has focused on gender, sexualities, violence, and local notions of healing and justice in northern Uganda where she has lived for more than ten years. Previously, she has worked in South Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, and Palestine in the fields of access to justice, gender-based violence, transitional justice, peacebuilding and human rights. 
The Silent Genocide: Rohingya Muslims and the Crisis in Myanmar

Tuesday, November 28th
5:30-7:30 pm
The Fletcher School, Cabot building, Room 205
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA


Despite their multigenerational history within Myanmar and centuries of coexistence with the Burman majority, violent conflict between Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya erupted in 2012 and has persisted. The humanitarian crisis has left hundreds dead and roughly 140,000 Rohingya internally displaced in refugee camps, and cast a pall on Myanmar’s peaceful democratic transition.

Panelists Include:

Roksana Jahan, Bangladeshi MAHA student, Feinstein International Center, Freidman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Ken MacLean,  Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change, Clark University
Charles Carsten,  Ph.D. candidate in the Study of Religion at Harvard University


Shadow World Premier on PBS
Based on the The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, the acclaimed book by Andrew Feinstein, Shadow World explores how governments, their militaries and intelligence agencies, defense contractors, arms dealers and agents are inextricably intertwined with the international trade in weapons, and how that trade fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracies and creates human suffering.  
 Directed by Johan Grimonprez 
Hosted by the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership:

Fourth Annual Civil Military Affairs Conference
November 10-11, 2017

The conference will focus on the defense industry, global arms trade, and foreign intervention. Through hearing from experts on the global arms trade, weapons procurement, and aspects of foreign intervention, with the aim to explore the inner workings of and key drivers behind these issues and to be able to apply lessons to mitigating and preventing political and humanitarian crises across the world.

Dynamics of the Defense Industry and Global Arms Trade

The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts
Friday, November 10, 2:00pm
Cabot 206

Sam Perlo-Freeman, Program Director, Global Arms and Corruption, World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, Tufts University
Jeff Abramson, Head, Forum on the Arms Trade
Miriam Pemberton, Director, Peace Economy Transitions Project, Institute for Policy Studies
Sarah Detzner, Ph.D. Candidate, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University


Emerging Consequences: Aesthetics in the Aftermath of Atrocity

Dr. Bridget Conley will be joining the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies for Salem State University’s two-day Symposium: Emerging Consequences: Aesthetics in the Aftermath of Atrocity (November 3- 4, 2017). She will join a panel on Saturday, “Artistic Interventions and Memorialization”. Her presentation  “Utopia Lost: A Study of the Political Aesthetics of Memorial Museums through Ethiopia’s Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum,” discusses the mix of aesthetic choices made by the museum’s architect, exhibition curators, and survivor groups to convey this history of violence.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 8:30 am-1:30 pm
Viking Hall, Central Campus
71C Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970

Click the link above for additional information.

Tackling Corruption in the Global Arms Trade

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Center for International Policy
2000 M St NW, Basement Conference Room A,
Washington DC, 20036

As the Trump Administration seeks record U.S. arms sales and renewed military engagement in places such as Afghanistan, there are increased risks of corruption undermining U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. Globally, the arms trade is highly prone to corruption, and there have been several high-profile cases in U.S. courts of bribery in the defense sector.

While U.S. law enforcement is increasing its efforts under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, it appears U.S. regulators are weakening some key anti-corruption measures. This will put extra pressure on the U.S. officials and companies that are attempting to address domestic and foreign corruption as well as to ensure weapons transfers are not diverted to criminal or terrorist organizations.  Experts with experience in U.S. export enforcement, tracking the U.S. and global arms trade and corruption, and U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan will discuss these challenges and trends. They will also offer new recommendations on what can be done to counter corruption in the arms trade.

  • Sam Perlo-Freeman, Program Manager, Global Arms and Corruption, World Peace Foundation
  • Steve Pelak, Partner, Holland and Hart; former Department of Justice National Coordinator Export Control/Economic Sanctions Enforcement
  • Lt. Col. (ret.), Jodi Vittori, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Witness; former head of NATO counter-corruption task force in Afghanistan
  • Colby Goodman, Director, Security Assistance Monitor (moderator) 

This event is co-hosted by the World Peace Foundation, Security Assistance Monitor, and the Forum on the Arms Trade.

The role of media in the rise of populism
Discussion with Haggai Matar, Israeli activist and journalist

Monday, October 30, 2017
2:00 – 3:30pm
The Fletcher Building
Mugar Hall, Room 231
160 Packard Ave., Medford, MA

Haggai Matar is the executive director of 972, an organization that publishes +972 Magazine  and was a co-founding editor of Local Call , the news and commentary sites covering Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The sites were created to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of current events, with a strong focus on human rights, progressive activism, and the effects of the occupation on both Israeli and Palestinian societies. The sites are run by Israeli and Palestinian journalists, and have broken countless major stories in recent years and are visited by tens of thousands readers a month, including diplomats, and policymakers.

Matar will discus what the case of Israel/Palestine, after 50 years of military occupation and with the rise of a new quasi-authoritarian regime reveals about populism and the media. He will discuss the media’s potential role in unifying a progressive camp to fight back; similarities and links between Netanyahu and Trump; and what we can learn from other societies that have gone and are going through similar types of dangerous processes.

International Conference “Dirty Peace”? The Political Economy of Peacebuilding

October 19, 2017

Organized by Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
Universitätsclub Bonn
Konviktstr. 9 53113
Bonn Germany

Alex de Waal, Keynote

Scholars and practitioners alike have known for long that peacebuilding is about payoffs and expected gains for key stakeholders rather than mere goodwill. Although conflict research has spent considerable efforts on discerning “greed” or “grievance” as conflict drivers, it has so far not adequately addressed the political economy of peace processes. Peace processes are at times seen as an open competition of well-meant ideas in public discourse. This reasoning is in part responsible for the glaring gap between ambition and reality in peace processes. The conference aims to bring together analysts and practitioners who are experts in conflict regions and have insider knowledge on bargaining. At the conference, we are planning to discuss the political economy of expectations, the logics of participation and consequences for setting priorities and for sequencing in peacebuilding processes. The overarching question is: Which incentives could make a difference during negotiations?

View the additional event information at the BICC webite.

Festival for New Economic Thinking
Economists for Peace and Security
Institute for New Economic Thinking
October 19 – 20, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland
EPS will be exploring the economic impacts of security policies, and the security impacts of economic policies with an informational stall and a panel discussion.  War and violent conflict disrupt the social and economic fabric of societies and interfere with the well-being of individuals; and economic policies and institutions can either prevent or mitigate violence or can contribute to it. We as professional economists believe that our discipline has a positive contribution to make to peace and human welfare. Panel Discussion
Peace Economics: How Economics Can Contribute to Peace
Chaired by Thea Harvey-Barratt, Economists for Peace & Security
  • Sam Perlo-Freeman, World Peace Foundation, Tufts University
  • Ron P. Smith, Birkbeck, University of London


Academic Year 2016-2017

Indefensible Book launch events:
WASHINGTON, DCCorruption, Jobs and the Arms Trade: Indefensible Book Launch and Panel Discussion”

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Open Society Foundation
1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

Buoyed by promises of a massive U.S. military buildup, arms industry stocks have skyrocketed since the 2016 presidential election. The proposed increases in defense spending have been sold to the American public as a win-win policy: more military spending not only benefits national security, but will help drive economic growth and job creation.

Indefensible: Seven Myths that Sustain the Global Arms Trade, a book and web project of the World Peace Foundation at Tufts, critically examines the U.S. and global arms industry–in particular the public corruption it so often engenders at home and abroad. Bringing together a experts and activists, Indefensible deploys statistics, case studies, and evidence to  pierce common beliefs about the arms trade. Far from protecting the United States or driving job creation, this collective finds that poorly overseen and bloated military spending actually undermines security and stifles economic growth.

An expert panel discusses the risks and tradeoffs of President Trump’s proposed military buildup and budget rebalancing away from international assistance and foreign aid, not just for American democracy but also for the U.S. economy and national security.

Bridget Conley*, Research Director, World Peace Foundation and Assistant Research Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
William Hartung*, Director, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy
Sarah Chayes, Senior Fellow, Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Mark Thompson, National Security Analyst, Project on Government Oversight
*Member of the Indefensible collective.

Audio of the event is available here:

LONDON: Seven Myths that sustain the global arms trade

February 27, 2017
Room 1.04, New Academic Building
London School of Economics

JSRP will host a panel discussion to launch the new book:  ‘Indefensible: 7 myths that sustain the global arms trade‘ (Paul Holden et al, Zed Books).  

Panelists: Paul Holden and Andrew Feinstein (Corruption Watch UK), Nick Gilby (author and researcher), and Sam Perlo-Freeman (World Peace Foundation).
Moderator: Prof Mary Kaldor (LSE).

STOCKHOLM: Arms trade: myths and reality: Screening of Shadow World film and Book launch: Indefensible: 7 myths that sustain the global arms trade

February 23, 2017
Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society
Klara konferens, Klarasalen
Stockholm, Sweden

Andrew Feinstein, author of ‘The Shadow World’, former ANC Parliamentarian, Executive Director, Corruption Watch.
Samuel Perlo-Freeman, researcher and Project Manager for the WPF project on Global Arms Business and Corruption World Peace Foundation.
Linda Åkerström, Head of Disarmament, Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society. Author of “Den svenska vapenexporten”.
Moderator: Penny Davies, Policy advisor, Diakonia

Hosted by the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society and Diakonia.

BOSTON: Book Launch and Discussion

February 15, 2017
Asean Auditorium
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155


Paul Holden, Corruption Watch.  Paul is a South African-born and London-based historian, researcher, writer and activist. He has published four books to date on issues related to corruption, governance and democratic practice in South Africa.

Sam Perlo-Freeman, Project Manager Global Arms Business and Corruption. He was previously Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. From 2007 to 2016 Sam worked at SIPRI on issues of military expenditure, arms industry and arms trade, and in particular was head of the SIPRI Military Expenditure project from 2009 to 2016.

Bridget Conley, Research Director of the World Peace Foundation and Assistant Research Professor at The Fletcher School. At WPF, she is the lead researcher on the Mass Atrocities  program.

Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation, Professor at the Fletcher School and is considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa.

Sarah Detzner is a Ph.D. candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and diplomacy.  Her research is focused on exploring mechanisms for more effective international cooperation in joint conflict prevention, stabilization, and security sector reform missions.

NEW YORK: Myths of the Global Arm Race: A Reading and Discussion of Indefensible: Seven Myths that Sustain the Global Trade

Monday, February 13, 2017
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
University Center
63 Fifth Avenue – UL105
New York, New York 10011

Panelists: Paul Holden, Sam Perlo-Freeman, and Bill Hartung (Center for International Policy).
ModeratorPeter J. Hoffman

Other Events in Academic Year 2016 – 2017

Techniques of Power and the Rise of the Grotesque

Friday, March 3, 2017
Cabot 205
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02144

Join us for a special opportunity to engage with one of today’s leading critical theorists about the state of global democracy and how its dysfunctions manifest in new forms of national leadership, new modes of disrupting opposition, and in everyday encounters between the state and those who live under its various jurisdictions

Veena Das is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. Her theoretical and fieldwork research have made a profound impact on how the violence of the everyday is understood and studied. Her most recent books are Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary (2007) Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty (2015)and three co-edited volumes, The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy (2014), Living and Dying in the Contemporary World: A Compendium (2015) and Politics of the Urban Poor (forthcoming).

Moderated by Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation

Reiner Braun: The US, EU, and Russia: Militarism, Nuclear Threats and the Trump Administration

Co-sponsored by WPF, Tufts Sociology, and Peace & Justice Studies
March 8, 2107
12:00 – 1:15
Olin 011

Reiner Braun has been actively involved in the Peace Movement since 1982, beginning in the office of the “Krefelder Appeal” against new nuclear weapons in Europe. He has been the Executive Director for Scientists for Peace and Sustainability (Germany) and the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES). He is currently Director of IALANA, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. He is author of several books, including “Einstein- Peace Now!” and a biography about the Peace Nobel Laureate Joseph Rotblat.

Lunch will be provided. Additional details also available on Facebook.

Boston Launch of African Politics, African Peace

October 4, 2016
5:30 p.m.
ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School
Tufts University

On July 21, 2016, the World Peace Foundation (WPF) submitted its landmark report, African Politics, African Peace, to the African Union’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, Amb. Smail Chergui. The report charts an agenda for peace in Africa, focusing on how the African Union can implement its norms and use its instruments to prevent and resolve armed conflicts. An independent report of the WPF, supported by the African Union, it is the most extensive review of the African Union’s peace missions ever conducted. It is based on detailed case studies and cross-cutting research, and draws on consultations with leading experts, peacekeepers and mediators. The Report covers African peace and security norms and mechanisms, including conflict prevention, conflict mediation, political missions and the spectrum of military peace operations.

Speakers include:
Alex de Waal, WPF Executive Director
Mulugeta Berhe Gebrehiwot, WPF Project Director, Peace Missions in Africa
Abdul Mohammed, Chief of Staff, African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan

Additional information on the African Politics, African Peace report can be found at

Staying safe in armed conflict contexts What do crisis-affected people prioritize and does it work? Do humanitarian actors and others take note?

Friday, September 23, 2016
3:00 p.m. | Barnum 008
Barnum Hall, 163 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

Very little scholarship pays attention to the priorities and goals of people in situations of crisis: we know little about how they identify threats and circumstances which put their lives at risk, how they seek to protect themselves and the strategies and coping mechanisms they actually use, which result in both positive and negative outcomes for them. Instead, civilians are seen as passive recipients of international protection efforts; those in need of protection are rarely seen as key players in their own futures.  Join us as the panel discusses civilian self-protection and its implications for humanitarian response.

Speakers Include:

Dan Maxwell, Acting Director, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Edward Thomas, Author, former head of UNICEF Child Protection in South Sudan and Nepal, and former adviser for the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria
Norah Niland, Center on Conflict Development and Peacebuilding, The Graduate Institute,  Geneva and former Director of Human Rights in UNAMA and Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Afghanistan
Dyan Mazurana,  Associate Research Professor Fletcher School, Research Director, Feinstein International Center, and Senior Fellow, World Peace Foundation

Legacies of Political Violence in Latin America

Presentation by Roddy Brett
Discussion by Dr. Kimberly Theidon
Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 7.45 p.m. | Room M200

Dr. Brett will discuss his recent book on Guatemala, which builds on over a decade of ethnographic research, including in survivors’ communities, and documents the historical processes that shaped the genocide. It analyses the evolution of both counterinsurgent and insurgent violence, focusing above all on the impact upon the civilian population and the strategies civilians may adopt in order to survive. Brett is Professor of International Relations at the Universidad del Rosario (Bogota, Colombia) will place this history in the larger Latin American context.

Dr. Theidon’s research addresses political violence, transitional justice, reconciliation, and the politics of post-war reparations. She is currently completing a book manuscript Pasts Imperfect: Working with Former Combatants in Colombia which is based on her research with former combatants from the paramilitaries, the FARC and the ELN.


Academic Year 2015-2016

Book Lecture: Bridget Conley-Zilkic discusses the newly released, How Mass Atrocities End: Studies from Guatemala, Burundi, Indonesia, the Sudans, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq

Friday, April 8, 2016
Ginn Library, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Asean Auditorium Cabot Intercultural Building
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02144

This event will explore masculinity as a critical and under-examined factor for understanding pathways to participation and non-participation in forms of violent activity. Panelists will analyze the mechanisms through which harmful notions of masculinity can lead men to violence, and in turn how experiences of violence can shape men’s identities. The discussion will compare the connections and differences between pathways across contexts, and explore possibilities to promote healthier forms of manhood, with the ultimate aim of creating more peaceful and gender-just societies.


Gary Barker, Founder and International Director of Promundo
Kimberly Theidon, Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Curt Rhodes, Founder and International Director of Questscope

The Past is Present: Mass Atrocities and Intergenerational Trauma
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Barnum 008
Sponsored by IMAGE
Researchers who study mass atrocities have long understood that the consequences of violence continue to impact communities even as decades pass. New scientific research suggests that not only are there social, political, financial and historical affects, but there are also changes in the DNA of those who experience trauma. What is more, these changes are passed on to subsequent generations. Join Tufts faculty in a multi-disciplinary discussion of the intergenerational effects of trauma. Panelists will reflect on “The Science of Suffering,” New Republic article detailing the new research on DNA and trauma, as it relates to their own research.
Panelists include:

Kendra Field, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies;
Barbara Grossman, Professor of Drama in the Department of Drama and Dance;
Dyan Mazurana, Research Director, Feinstein International Center and Associate Research Professor, The Fletcher School;
Lisa Shin, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology.

The Nigerian-Cameroon Border Conflict Settlement and Matters Arising

Kenneth Nwoko,  World Peace Foundation Fellow
Thursday, November 12, 2015
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Mugar Hall, M231

Book Lecture: Alex de Waal discusses his new book, The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power

Friday, November 6, 2015
Ginn Library, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155

Alex de Waal’s latest book (Polity Press, September 2015) draws on his thirty-year career in Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, including experience as a participant in high-level peace talks, to provide a unique and compelling account of how these countries leaders run their governments, conduct their business, fight their wars and, occasionally, make peace. In The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa, de Waal discusses how leaders operate on a business model, securing funds for their political budgets which they use to rent the provisional allegiances of army officers,militia commanders, tribal chiefs and party officials and how this political marketplace is eroding the institutions of government and reversing state-building.

Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Video of this lecture is available here.

Rebuilding adolescent girls’ lives after conflict

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Overseas Development Institute (DFID, UNICEF, the Carter Center) and streamlined online

This event will focus on the psychosocial dimension of rebuilding adolescent girls lives in post conflict settings.  An  invisible/neglected area, even within SCR 1325, psychosocial elements need to be a  central component of policy and programming if women and girls are to be active agents in change processes, especially in post-conflict settings.  Drawing on findings from a 2 year Rebuild/DFID-funded study exploring psychosocial support services for adolescent girls in the post-conflict settings of Gaza, Liberia and Sri-Lanka, this event will explore the kinds of psychosocial stresses adolescent girls face as well as the kinds of psychosocial support services available to them in these contexts. Study findings show that in these country contexts, not only does the category of adolescent girl often fall through the cracks in programme and policy responses, but psychosocial needs are often not recognised and that even where appropriate services exist, usage is limited due to gendered social norms affecting attitudes and behaviours both around service uptake and service provision.

Book Lecture: Advocacy in Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Activism

Monday, October 26, 2015
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Cabot Building, 7th Floor
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155

Conflicts in Africa, Asia and Latin America have become a common focus of advocacy by Western celebrities and NGOs. This provocative volume delves into the realities of these efforts, which have often involved compromising on integrity in pursuit of profile and influence. Contributors and editors Jennifer Ambrose and Trisha Taneja are joined by authors Anat Biletzki, Laura Seay and Alex de Waal as they discuss the often controversial subject of transnational advocacy.

Anat Biletzki is the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University (Connecticut, USA) and Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University.
Laura Seay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Colby College, Maine.
Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Cabot Building, Room C205
160 Packard Ave.
Medford, MA 02155

In Making and Unmaking Nations, Scott Straus seeks to explain why and how genocide takes place—and, perhaps more important, how it has been avoided in places where it may have seemed likely or even inevitable. To solve that puzzle, he examines postcolonial Africa, analyzing countries in which genocide occurred and where it could have but did not. Grounded in Straus’s extensive fieldwork in contemporary Africa, the study of major twentieth-century cases of genocide, and the literature on genocide and political violence, Making and Unmaking Nations centers on cogent analyses of three nongenocide cases (Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal) and two in which genocide took place (Rwanda and Sudan).


Why Can’t We Stop Genocide?
A Zócalo/UCLA Event
Monday, May 4, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100
Los Angeles, CA

Earlier this spring, Pope Francis made headlines when he used the word “genocide” to describe the killing of 1.5 million Armenians under Ottoman rule in World War I. The United States has yet to use that designation officially, despite the fact that Armenians globally just commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. What is genocide, and why does the world have so much difficulty identifying where and when it occurs? It took five years for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to be charged with genocide in Darfur. Although human rights advocates have been calling attention to a possible genocide in Syria for over two years, the international response has been muddled. And indeed, the world often has been powerless to stop genocide–from the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the Nazis in Europe to slaughterings of Tutsis in Rwanda and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia–in its tracks. What instigates the mass killings of certain groups of people? And how can these acts of brutal violence be prevented? UCLA historian Richard G. Hovannisian, University of Wisconsin political scientist Scott Straus, World Peace Foundation research director Bridget Conley-Zilkic, and Sudd Institute co-founder Jok Madut Jok.

Book Lecture:  Edward Thomas discusses his new book, South Sudan: A Slow Liberation  
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 
Cabot Intercultural Building
160 Packard Avenue, Room C205
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155
In 2011, South Sudan became independent following a long war of liberation that gradually became marked by looting, raids and massacres pitting ethnic communities against each other.  In his remarkably comprehensive work, Edward Thomas provides a multi-layered examination of what is happening in the country today.  Writing from the perspective of South Sudan’s most mutinous hinterland, Jonglei state, the book explains how this area was at the heart of the country’s struggle.  Drawing on hundreds of interviews and a broad range of sources, this is a sharply focused account of South Sudan’s long, unfinished fight for liberation.

Water Securities and Insecurities 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
ASEAN Auditorium, The Fletcher School at Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155

Intensifying water stress is one of the key trends of the 21st century. As scarcity of fresh water intensifies, there are fears that conflict over water resources will emerge as a threat to world peace. However, leading experts highlight that historically the management of transboundary waters leads to cooperation instead of confrontation, confronting the view of those who have argued that the wars of this century will be over water. Thus the panel will address the following question: will water stress lead to water war?

Panel Speakers:

  • Ken Conca, American University
  • Andrea Gerlak, University of Arizona
  • Bruce Lankford, University of East Anglia
  • Lawrence Susskind, MIT Moderated by William Moomaw, Tufts University

Memories of Violence
Friday, October 24th
3:00 – 4:45pm
Cabot Intercultural Building
ASEAN auditorium
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

The inaugural event of the Initiative on Mass Atrocities and Genocide (IMAGe), a new collaborative effort between Fletcher and the broader Tufts community will feature four professors from across disciplines at both Fletcher and the School of Arts and Sciences, each bringing a different lens to the topic of how we manage memories of violence:

  • Bridget Conley-Zilkic from The Fletcher School and World Peace Foundation will speak to her work on memorial museums including the US Holocaust Memorial Museum where she worked for a decade
  •  Rosalind Shaw from the Anthropology Department will speak to how memory practice has been shaped by the political economy of post-conflict reconstruction in Sierra Leone
  •  Noë Montez from the Department of Drama and Dance will speak to how theater artists are engaging with the transitional justice process in Argentina Kamran Rastegar from the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature will speak to how memories of violence are represented through film and literature with a focus on the Middle East
  • Dyan Mazurana from The Fletcher School and Feinstein International Center (and Co-Chair of IMAGe) will moderate

A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan’s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Book Signing 6:00pm
Lecture 6:30-8:00pm
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Cabot Intercultural Building, Room C205
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155

Why did the world’s newest country, South Sudan, sink into a devastating civil war less than three years after independence? How did the secession of its southern region affect the ‘rump state’, Sudan? In the years after the split, the two Sudans dealt with crippling economic challenges, struggled with new and old rebellions, and fought each other along their disputed border. A former BBC correspondent for Sudan and South Sudan, Copnall draws a compelling portrait of two misunderstood countries. The critically acclaimed A Poisonous Thorn in Our Heartsargues that Sudan and South Sudan remain deeply interdependent, despite their separation. It also diagnoses the political failings that threaten the future of both countries, and scrutinizes the international responses to the crises in the two Sudans. The author puts the turmoil of the years after separation into a broader context, reflecting the voices, hopes and experiences of Sudanese and South Sudanese from all walks of life.

Towards a Strategy for Preventing Mass Atrocities
Dr. Bridget Conley-Zilkic, Research Director World Peace Foundation
Monday, September 29, 2014
Centennial Hall, Alumni Center, Keene State College
229 Main Street, Keene New Hampshire, 03435

Global Arms Business Researchers Round-table 
May, 8, 2014    4:00p.m.-5:30p.m.
Cabot Intercultural Center, 7th floor
170 Packard Ave.,
Medford, MA, 02155

Participants include:
Andrew Feinstein is author of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade and co-founder of Corruption Watch-UK. A South African writer and campaigner based in the UK, he was elected an ANC Member of Parliament in 1994. He served as an MP for more than seven years, resigning in protest when the Public Accounts Committee was prohibited from investigating a massive arms deal involving several European companies that was tainted by allegations of high-level corruption.

Paul Holden is a South African-born and London-based historian, researcher, writer and activist. Two of his booksThe Arms Deal in Your Pocket (2008) and Who Rules South Africa (2012); were major national best-sellers in South Africa. His major investigative work is The Devil in the Detail: How the Arms Deal Changed Everything (2011), which collated the result of years of detailed investigation into South Africa’s biggest post-apartheid scandal. He works with Andrew Feinstein at Corruption Watch-UK.

Leah Wawro is Civil Society Lead with Transparency International-UK’s Defence and Security Programme, Leah currently works on liaison between the Defence and Security Programme and Transparency International’s National Chapters and local civil society organisations. She is also part of the team working on an index to measure levels of integrity in government defence and security establishments worldwide.

J. Paul Dunne is Professor of Economics at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, a research associate of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, and Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of the West of England Bristol. He is editor, with Jurgen Brauer of the Economics of Peace and Security Journal and chair of Economists for Peace and Security (UK) and a Fellow of Economists for Peace and Security (USA). He has published widely on the economics of military spending.

William Hartung is author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex(Nation Books, 2011) and the co-editor, with Miriam Pemberton, of Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War(Paradigm Press, 2008). His previous books include And Weapons for All (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S. arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations. His articles on security issues have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles TimesThe Nation, and the World Policy Journal.

Sam Perlo-Freeman is Director of the SIPRI Programme on Military Expenditure and Arms Production. He is responsible for monitoring data on military expenditure worldwide. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, working in the field of defense and peace economics.

Youth, Conflict & Governance in Africa

Friday, February 28, 2014
10 Sachem St., Rm. 105
Dept. of Anthropology at Yale University
New Haven, CT

This workshop is convened to assess how young people are currently changing the nature of governance in Africa. Youth are capitalizing on new mechanisms for interaction: the deregulation of internet, phone, global television, and social media communication has profoundly altered the political terrain. This is especially true in conflict settings, where youth can drive overt political violence. To break new ground, the workshop will integrate analysis across anthropology, media studies and communication, politics and economics, fields that have been working largely in parallel rather than in collaboration.

Co-organized by Catherine Panter-Brick (Yale University) and Alex de Waal (WPF). Keynote addresses by Alcinda Honwana (African Open University) and Philip Thigo (Social Development Network. Discussants are Merlyn Lim (Arizona State University) and Brian Barber (Center for the Study of Youth in Political Conflict).

Unlearning Violence: Evidence and Policies for Early Childhood Development and Peace
February 13-14, 2014
ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

This conference will be an exciting and inter-disciplinary event, showcasing the best ongoing research in fields related to early childhood development and violence and peace. Further, presenters will chart directions for future research and policy.

Detailed agenda, how to RSVP, and additional conference details available here.

It Began in Boston: Celebrating a Century of Peace Work in Massachusetts
Monday, January 13, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Edwin Ginn Library
The Fletcher School at Tufts University

When Edwin Ginn died on January 21, 1914, his bequest of a million dollars to the World Peace Foundation created an enduring contribution to peace. Ginn, like ourselves today, had the honor of working and living in a community rich with individuals and organizations dedicated to world peace. This event celebrates that community and its shared goal, and launches the WPF’s program of centennial events looking forward to the next hundred years of working for world peace.

James Shannon, Trustee of the World Peace Foundation. Comments available here.

Laura Roskos, President, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section. Comments available here.

J. Bryan Hehir, Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Clan Cleansing in Somalia
Thursday, September 26, 2013
5:30 p.m. EST
Mugar 200

In 1991, political and military leaders in Somalia, wishing to gain exclusive state control, manipulated clan sentiment to mobilize their followers in a campaign of terror which expelled a vast number of Somalis from Mogadishu, south-central, and southern Somalia. Join us as Lidwien Kapteijns discusses her book that analyzes this campaign of clan cleansing in the context the collapse of the Somalia’s government and how it relates to the militia warfare that followed in its wake.

Advocacy In Conflict: Do international public advocacy campaigns make an impact?

Thursday, February 28, 2013
12:30 p.m. EST
Cabot, 7th Floor
A panel discussion moderated by Alex de Waal featuring:
Rony Brauman, former President of Doctors Without Borders, current Director of Research at the Doctors Without Borders Foundation, and Associate Professor at Sciences Po.

Laura Seay, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Morehouse College, expert on African politics, conflict resolution, and state reconstruction, and author of the Texas in Africa blog.

Amanda Taub, Adjunct Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Fordham University, co-author of the Wronging Rights blog, and editor of Beyond Kony2012.

Can Social Media Bridge Divides Between Diverse Muslim and Western Communities?
Monday, January 14, 2013
@WorldPeaceFdtn, #tweetingforpeace
6:45 p.m. EST
WPF’s first twitter event.
Social media is today a critical platform where global youth communicate and express their political interests. But can these new technologies also play a role in bridging divides between communities? Posing this question in the crucial context of relations between diverse Muslim and Western communities, the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School welcomed guests speakers:

Farah Anwar Pandith (@Farah_Pandith), U.S. special representative to Muslim communities
Riyaad Minty (@Riy), head of social media at Al Jazeera (@AJArabic & @AJEnglish)

Join the conversation on January 14th at 6:45 p.m. EST on Twitter: #tweetingforpeace, @WorldPeaceFdtn, and @FletcherSchool.

More than 1.4 billion people are using social media worldwide. More than half of the world’s population is under 30 years old, with 62 percent of the Muslim population under 30. This young generation is one of the largest and most active age groups on social media, but it remains a question whether the media can overcome significant differences in language, politics, and assumptions to become a tool to support peaceful communication across social divides.

In her position as the first U.S. special representative to Muslim communities, Pandith, a Fletcher graduate (F95), focuses on youth and civil society, and on building and increasing the capacity for young Muslims to engage in positive ways, including through social media. Al Jazeera’s Minty ensures the network is part of the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Most recently, his work has focused on the use of citizen media for crisis reporting. He is adept at discussing the role of new media and the challenges and opportunities that come with the technology.

Roundtable on the Crisis in Mali
November 15, 2012
Cabot 7th Floor
12:30pm EST

Area experts discuss the evolving crisis in Mali. The panel was moderated by WPF Executive Director Alex de Waal and included:
Jeremy Swift, author and scholar of nomadic pastoralists in and around the world’s great deserts, focusing on the pastoral Tuareg in Mali. Read Jeremy Swift’s blog post about Mali.

Roland Marchal, senior research fellow at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, with extensive publications on conflicts in the Greater Horn of Africa (from Chad to Somalia) and the policy of international actors on the continent;

Jeremy Keenan, social anthropologist and professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, focusing on the Sahara, North Africa and the Sahel region.

Libya Today
November 15, 2012
Barnum 104
6:00 p.m. EST

Area experts provided up to date analysis of conditions in Libya today. The event was moderated by Hugh Roberts, Professor of History at Tufts University, formerly the North Africa Director for the International Crisis Group. Panelists were:

Faraj Najem, a widely respected Libyan author, lecturer, historian, political commentator and advisor on Libyan matters, and a leading member of the Libyan diaspora in the UK;

Dirk J. Vandewalle, an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, and a leading expert on Libya.

Wandering Jews: American Jews, Human Rights, and Humanitarianism
Sponsored by the Tufts Seminar Series: “Exploring the History of Humanitarianism and Development”
November 14, 2012
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall
5:00 p.m. EST
Michael Barnett, Professor International Affairs and Political Science at George Washington University, and author of Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism delivered remarks and a response was given by Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation.

The New Peace: A Presentation by Mary Kaldor

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Global Leadership

October 30, 2012
Cabot ASEAN Auditorium
5:00 p.m. EST

Mary Kaldor discussed the third edition of her landmark work on New and Old Wars. Kaldor’s work on new wars, first published in 1999, crystallized thinking about the changing nature of war in the globalized post-Cold War era, in particular focusing on the proliferation of non-state actors and the systematic targeting of civilians, the importance of identity politics, and the inter-relationship between private and often criminal interests and political conflict. As this book enters its third edition, Kaldor has further developed her thinking, updating her material to include Iraq and Afghanistan, responding to some critiques and providing a richer conceptual and evidence-based backdrop to explain “new wars.”

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics.

Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State
The Fletcher School
September 25, 2012
Cabot 206
5:00 p.m. EST
Mary Harper, author of Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State, discussed how this “failed state” is far from being a failed society, as alternative forms of business, justice, and local politics still flourish. Arguing that there is a lot to be learned from the Somali way of doing things, Harper’s examination of Somalia sheds light on why international engagement has had limited impact. Copies of the book were available for purchase.

Mary Harper is the Africa Editor at the BBC World Service. She has reported on Africa for the past twenty years, and has a special interest in Somalia.

You Define the Issues: The Student Seminar Competition The Fletcher School
September 18, 2012
Cabot 206
5:30 p.m.
The WPF invited all Fletcher students to participate in the student seminar competition, where you define the issues and we cover the expenses for a two-day seminar with leading global experts on the topic of your choice. This event shared more about the competition and gave insights from the students who won the first competition with the seminar, “Transnational Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking: Re-Framing the Debate.” WPF staff were also available to answer questions regarding the competition.

Conflict in the 21st Century
Institute for Global Leadership
Tufts University
February 22 – 26, 2012

WPF’s Alex de Waal was among the speakers in the the 27th Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium sponsored by the Institute for Global Leadership. For more information, visit their website.

Inauguration of the African Union Human Rights Memorial
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
January 28, 2012

The African Union headquarters inaugurated a new human rights memorial dedicated to the memory of the victims of Alem Bekagn central prison, creating permanent memorials to the Rwanda Genocide, Apartheid and slavery. The inaugural event commemorated those who perished during the Red Terror campaign and victims of other human rights violations. For more background information, see Alex de Waal’s article on Alem Bekagn.

A Celebration of 101 Years of Working for Peace
By invitation only
January 17, 2012

The January 17 reception marked the official launch of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School.

How Mass Atrocities End
November 17, 2011
Cabot Intercultural Center, Room 205
6 p.m. EST
There is perhaps no other phase of mass atrocities that is less studied yet more debated than endings.  An idealending dominates policy and activists’ imaginations – victims saved, perpetrators defeated, and some form of transitional justice accomplished.

But this rarely occurs. Actual endings are little researched, yet provide a rich field of study and valuable arena for policy development. Scholars and policymakers have developed tools for defining when a genocide is happening – but not for when it is over. For example, can we say that the mass atrocities in Darfur have finished or not?

Alex de Waal, Director of the World Peace Foundation
Jens Meierhenrich, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Bridget Conley-Zilkic, Research Director, World Peace Foundation