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.

Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Berhe, Senior Fellow at the World Peace Foundation

Mulugeta Gebrehiwot  was previously Program Director of the WPF African security sector and peace operations program, and  led the WPF project on Peace Missions in Africa. He continues his affiliation with WPF as a Senior Fellow.


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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