Inter-state conflict in Africa: New data, new paradigm

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
160 Packard Ave., Medford MA
Crowe Room

The panel will examine new data that show that most conflict in Africa is internationalized and not solely internal. This establishes a new paradigm that places the inter-state and transnational elements of African conflict firmly at the center of explanations. The paradigm shift has far-reaching implications for how we study African conflicts, and the kinds of interventions necessary to reduce them.

Noel Twagiramungu, Research Fellow, African Studies Center  &  CURA- Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Politics, Boston University

Noel Twagiramungu is a scholar-practitioner of Comparative Politics, International Relations and African Studies. His teaching, research and civic engagement focus on the emerging field of Human Security whose scope cuts across the uneasy relationships between individual freedoms, state power and world order.

Alex de Waal, Executive Director, World Peace Foundation, Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Alex de Waal is executive director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarship and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peacebuilding.


Monica Toft, Professor of International Politics, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Monica Duffy Toft is a professor of international politics and director of the Center for Strategic Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Before joining Fletcher, Professor Monica Duffy Toft taught at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. While at Harvard, she directed the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs and was the assistant director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please sign up for the event here.

Hosted by World Peace Foundation and Center for Strategic Studies.

Read more about the The Transnational Conflict in Africa Dataset.

This research was conducted as part of the World Peace Foundation project on African peace missions, funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as part of the Conflict Research Programme at the London School of Economics, funded by the UK Department for International Development. Their support is gratefully acknowledged.





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