The World Peace Foundation Program at The Fletcher School will provide Fellowships on an ad hoc basis to students and individuals who are working on research of interest to the WPF and is relevant to the foundation’s research programs. WPF is a non-grant giving foundation and does not solicit grants or fellowship applications.

Academic Year 2019-2020

Tong Deng Anei’s research focuses on the humanitarian crisis and Mass Starvation Crimes in South Sudan. He is food security specialist with over 18 years of experience helping implement humanitarian assistance programs in South Sudan and Kenya.  Tong has worked for national and international organizations, including, The United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, The University of Missouri Assistance Program and United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, United Nations World Food Programme and a volunteer of the Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Association. He has served two Ministerial positions (1) State Minister of Health and (2) State Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports for the Government of Northern Bahr El Ghazal State, South Sudan. He holds a Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance, a Joint Degree of Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Sarah Detzner is a consultant based in Washington D.C. Her research and consulting work is focused on security sector reform, particularly monitoring and evaluation as well as the role of participation in post-conflict security sector reconstruction efforts. Previously, she served in the Obama Administration as a speechwriter for former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, campaigned as an Obama 2008 staffer, and worked with the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C., Lebanon, and Jordan. She received her doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is originally from the Chicago area.


Dyan Mazurana (Fellow since 2015), PhD, is a Research Director at the Feinstein International Center, an Associate Research Professor at The Fletcher School and a WPF Senior Fellow, leading the program on “Children and Youth Staying Safe in Conflict.” With WPF, Mazurana’s work uses gender analysis to focus on the violence experienced by civilian populations, and the ways that perpetrators are motivated and they violence they inflict.  Her work then investigates how both victims and former perpetrators emerge from armed conflict and a range of challenges they face in the lives moving forward because of their wartime experiences. Her current project explores how conflict-affected, at-risk children and youth try and protect themselves and remain resilient, and how these protection strategies relate to programs designed by actors seeking to aid young populations. Her full bio and a complete list of publications is available through the Feinstein International Center. Publications produced through Dyan Mazurana’s WPF Fellowship are available here.

Catriona Murdoch (Fellow 2018 – 2019), Senior Legal Consultant with Global Rights Compliance, specialises in international human rights, criminal and humanitarian law. She has practiced in international criminal law for over ten years, advising on crimes arising out of the Rwandan Genocide, the Iraq war, the current conflicts in Yemen and Syria and the war in the former Yugoslavia. She is currently based in The Hague and appointed to the defence teams of Jovica Stanišić and Alfred Musema before the UN IRMCT. At GRC, Catriona leads the ‘Accounting for Starvation Project’, partnering with the World Peace Foundation. The project began in 2018 and focuses on identifying how international criminal and humanitarian law can be used to advance the prohibition of the agents and actions that create mass starvation. The project combines expert legal analysis and case study research, to inform a series of outreach projects to foreign ministries, UN mechanisms and offices as well as civil society. It currently focuses on Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. Catriona also leads and assists with GRC’s other projects in Syria, which offer innovative programmes for accountability and reconstruction and post-conflict access to justice. Catriona was called to the bar of England and Wales in 2009 and is attached to 1 Crown Office Row Chambers in the U.K. Her full bio is available here.

Mulugeta Gebrehiwot (Fellow since 2015 ) was Program Director of the WPF African security sector and peace operations program, and he led the WPF project on Peace Missions in Africa. He continues his affiliation with WPF as a Senior Fellow. He served as the director of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University from 2009-2011. He holds an MA in Public administration from Harvard Kennedy School, an MBA from the Open University of London, a BA degree in International Management from the Amsterdam School of Business. Until 2001 Mulugeta was a member of the military and political leadership of the Tigray’s People Liberation Front. As a military leader he contributed to the victory over the then Military Junta led by Mengistu Hailemariam and subsequently was in charge of demobilizing over 300 000 combatants of the defeated army. Altogether, Mulugeta has more than 20 years of experience as a senior manager in the Ethiopian public and private sectors. As an expert in Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution with a focus on East Africa he has consulted with different international organizations including AU, DFID, DANIDA, ECOWAS, GIZ, IGAD, UNMIS, UNAMID, and UNDPA. 

Dr. Samuel Perlo-Freeman is a Research Coordinator at Campaign Against Arms Trade in the UK, focusing on UK military spending and arms procurement. He is also a Fellow at the World Peace Foundation, managing the WPF project on Global Arms Business and Corruption. While working at WPF between 2016 and 2018, he led the project to create the WPF Compendium of Arms Trade Corruption. Previously, he was Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) from 2007 to 2016, working on issues of military expenditure, arms industry and arms trade. As head of the SIPRI Military Expenditure project, he completed a project in 2016 to extend SIPRI’s unique military expenditure database backwards in time from 1988 to the 1950s. He holds PhDs in Mathematics and Economics, and is the author of numerous publications on military expenditure, the arms industry and trade, defence and peace economics, development economics, and mathematics.  Publications by Sam Perlo-Freeman as part of the Global ArmsBusiness and Corruption program can be found here.

Aditya Sarkar(Fellow 2017 – 2019) is an independent researcher. He is currently advising the Federal Government of Somalia on the development of a National Employment Strategy, and has worked with the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, and the Open Society Foundations. He is qualified as a lawyer in India and in England and Wales, and previously worked with Linklaters LLP in London as well as the Ministry of Commerce in India.He holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is a graduate of the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India. His current research interests include the study of highly monetized political systems, and processes of political mobilization by migrant workers and refugees.

Paulos Tesfagiorgis served as Senior Advisor on Democracy and Constitution Building at International IDEA’s Regional Programme for Africa. In that capacity, he worked closely with the African Union Commission on constitutional development and promotion of constitutionalism throughout Africa. Paulos has extensive teaching experience in Public International Law and Constitutional Law at the University of Asmara, Eritrea. He was involved in the drafting of the first post-independence Eritrean Constitution; subsequently, coordinated and chaired the Law Reform Programme (1997-1998) of Eritrea. He was also involved in drafting the first election law for Eritrea. Paulos was involved in supporting of the Iraqi constitution making process in Baghdad as a Senior Legal Officer for the UN. He has been engaged in building peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia since the renewed war of 1998-2000.Currently, Paulos serves as a Senior Advisor on Transitional Justice and Constitution Making for the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan. During the struggle for independence for Eritrea, Paulos was responsible for relief and rehabilitation activities as the chair and director of the Eritrean Relief Association, ERA, 1976-1990. Paulos holds an LL.B. from Haile Selassie University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and LL.M. from McGill, Montreal, Canada. Paulos Tesfagiorgis is a long-standing advocate for human rights in Eritrea and peace in the Horn of Africa. His ongoing research into openings for democracy in Eritrea and the resolution of Eritrea’s conflicts with its neighbors contributes to the WPF’s ongoing work on peace in Africa.

Noel Twagiramungu is a human rights scholar and political analyst whose expertise focuses on African security complexities, cutting across several contending issues in world politics: Peace & Conflict; State power & peoples’ empowerment; Economic Growth & Social Inequalities, and Ethnocentrism and Globalization. Currently a research fellow at the African Studies Center at Boston University and a former fellow scholar at Harvard University and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne, he has taught at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Smith College, and the University of Dar es Salaam. Prior to becoming an academic, Noel worked for a decade as a civil society leader and human rights advocate in the Great Lakes of Africa. A frequent commentator in the international media on social, political and economic developments in Africa, fluent in French and several African languages including Swahili and Kinyarwanda, he has also consulted with and advised numerous international organizations, governmental agencies, think-tanks and NGOs. He holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School – Tufts University, an L.L.M. from Utrecht University (Netherlands), and a BA in Linguistics and African Literature from the National University of Rwanda



Academic Year 2016 – 2017

Solomon Ayele Dersso is a leading legal scholar and analyst of peace and security and current African and African Union (AU) affairs. Formerly the Head of the Peace and Security Council Report of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Dr. Dersso currently serves as Commissioner of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Apart from engaging in legal scholarship including teaching and academic and policy publications, Dr. Dersso regularly writes commentaries and op-ed articles on current African affairs for various platforms including Al Jazeera English. He received a PhD degree from the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, LLM Degree from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and LLB from School of Law, Addis Ababa University.


Academic Year 2015-2016

Sarah Nouwen was a visiting Senior Fellow at the World Peace Foundation from September to December 2015, working on a research project on the role that international law played in South Sudan’s independence and in the negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan. This project formed part of her larger ESRC-funded research programme “Peacemaking: What’s Law Got to Do With It?”. Sarah is a University Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge, Deputy Director of theLauterpacht Centre for International Law, and a fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Prior to assuming her lectureship, Sarah served as Legal Advisor to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan. She has also worked as a consultant for various NGOs, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Department for International Development (DfID) on rule-of-law building and transitional justice in Sudan. Before starting her PhD, Sarah worked for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New York, The Hague and Sudan and for an NGO in Senegal.Sarah holds an LLM (cum laude, Utrecht, with a specialisation in Cape Town), an MPhil in International Relations (Cantab) and a PhD in International Law (Cantab). She is the author of Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and various articles concerning international criminal law & politics, hybrid courts, victims, the rule of law and Uganda and Sudan.In 2014 she was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant and won a Philip Leverhulme Prize for her scholarship.
Kenneth Chukwuemeka Nwoko is Associate Professor and currently Acting Head of the Department of History & International Studies, McPherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. He received his PhD (History & Strategic Studies) from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria. His teaching and research interests include African history, International Relations, Strategic Studies, Ethnic and Gender Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies. Dr. Nwoko is a 2012 Laureate of CODESRIA’s Afro-Arab Institute, Rabat, Morocco. He is also a Residential Postdoctoral Fellow of the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), USA, and External Scholar of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana. He has published extensively in scholarly journals and contributed chapters in edited books. He recently co-edited an anthology, Dynamics of Culture and Tourism in Africa: Perspectives on Africa’s Development in the 21st Century (Ilesha Remo, Nigeria: Babcock University Press, 2015)

Academic Year 2014-2015

Noel Twagiramungu  is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  He holds a PhD from The Fletcher School and an LLM from Utrecht University. A former fellow at Harvard University, he has taught at the University of Dar es Salaam and Smith College. His teaching and research focus on African politics, human rights, ethnopolitics, and post-conflict transformational processes. A winner of the African Studies Association’s Best Graduate Paper Prize, his publications include a thesis on variation in the transition from genocidal violence to rebel governance, two co-authored volumes, Supporting the Post-conflict Transition in Rwanda: The Role of the International Community, and Cyiza Un Homme Libre au Rwanda, and numerous papers and case-studies. He has also contributed to UNDP’s Human Development Report, Oxford bibliographies Online, and Scarecrow Press’s historical dictionaries series, and served as peer-reviewer for scholarly journals. Before joining the academia, Noel worked for a decade as executive manager within international agencies and human rights groups in post-genocide Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.