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Events Academic Year 2023-2024

January 31, 2024

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Mass Starvation as a War Strategy: Observations from Gaza and elsewhere

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

5:30pm – 6:45pm EST

Hosted by the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Please join the Fares Center for a talk and Q&A on Mass starvation as a war strategy: Observations from Gaza and elsewhere with Professor Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Tom Dannenbaum, Associate Professor of International Law.

Professors de Waal and Dannenbaum will provide an overview of the use of mass starvation as a war strategy. The talk will include observations from Gaza, Ethiopia, The Sudan, Yemen and Syria.


Amaia Elorza Arregi

November 2, 2023

Ginn Library at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Thursday, Nov 2, 2023

12 PM – 1:15 PM EDT (GMT-4)

We the Young Fighters: Pop Culture, Terror, and War in Sierra Leone | Book talk by Marc Sommers w/ Alex DeWaal

Marc Sommers will discuss his new book, We the Young Fighters, which probes terror-based warfare and how rap icon Tupac Shakur, the Rambo film character, and especially reggae legend Bob Marley wove their way into the fabric of alienation, resistance, and hope in Sierra Leone. The tale of pop culture heroes radicalizing warfare and shaping peacetime underscores the need to engage with alienated youth and reform predatory governments. The book ends with a framework for customizing the international response to these twin challenges.

Marc Sommers is the author of ten books and the recipient of four book awards. His career blends peacebuilding and diplomacy with field research and training. Formerly at the State Department, Marc taught at the Fletcher School 2005-2011. He has used trust-based techniques in 22 war affected countries to address challenges involving youth, conflict, education, gender, governance, exclusion and violent extremism.

October 26, 2023

Breaking Open Conversations on the Arms Trade


The World Peace Foundation’s program, Revitalizing Debate on the Arms Trade (RDAT), seeks to invigorate debate and policy about the arms trade through integrating the trade into other areas of policy, research, and activism.

In this panel, we explore initial RDAT findings.

Starvation as a Method of Warfare – As Old as War Itself, Outlawed but Deadly Popular and Creatively Used

ModeratorB. Arneson

Panel members: Nico EdwardsEmma SoubrierRuth Rohde, and Sam Perlo-Freeman