Our work aims to chart global drivers of peace and conflict, revealing how emergent trends require us to reimagine policy, scholarship and activism. WPF projects examine the politics of how public health, climate change, the law, economics, and corruption intersect with the possibility for peace and threats of conflict across borders.

Conflict and the Political Marketplace

This program includes several initiatives related to Alex de Waal’s conceptualization of the political marketplace. It explores patronage markets and hybrid political orders, asking how fragile and conflict-ridden countries really  function in fragile and conflict-affected states.

Global Arms and Corruption Program

Focusing on the ways that the global arms business corrupts democratic practices in both selling and purchasing countries, this program includes research and public outreach components.

New Pathogen, Old Politics

In a new book due out in Spring 2021, Alex de Waal explores the history and politics of pandemic response. Critical political thinking rises in importance in the middle of the crisis.

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Reinventing Peace in the Anthropocene

Climate change will change peacemaking. We begin by looking at ‘traumatic decarbonization’ — the unplanned collapse in revenues from hydrocarbons in fragile states — and its political impacts.

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