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Academic Year 2021-2022

December 3, 2021

Selam Kidane book lecture flyer

Trauma, Collective Trauma and Refugee Trajectories in the Digital Era

Friday, December 3, 2021

12:00pm – 1:5pm EST

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Cabot Room 702 and via Zoom

Eritrean activist, researcher, and psychotherapist, Selam Kidane, will present her newest book, Trauma, Collective Trauma and Refugee Trajectories in the Digital Era: Development of the Trauma Recovery Understanding Self-Help Therapy (TRUST). This book sheds light into the psychological impact entailed in refugee trajectories. With findings mainly from Eritrean refugee communities in multiple locations, the research reveals alarming levels of individual and collective trauma. 

Selam Kidane is a systemic psychotherapist trained at the Institute of Family Therapy in London, UK. She is a researcher in various programmes related to refugees resilience and mental health with the Globalisation, Accessibility, Innovation and Care (GAIC)-programme at the Faculty of Humanities and Digital Sciences at the Tilburg University. 

December 10, 2021

Book cover, Time for Reparations

Human Rights Day: Time For Reparations

Friday, December 10, 2021

9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Hosted by the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University

WPF Executive Director, Alex de Waal and Research Director, Bridget Conley will join the conversation on state injustices and the potential impact for reparations.

The FXB Center will host a conversation on “Time for Reparations: A Global Perspective.” The book includes case studies of state injustices from around the world—from slavery to forced sterilization to widespread atrocities—and interdisciplinary perspectives on the potential impact of reparations.

November 22, 2021

Another Coup d’état in Sudan: An Exploration of the Prospects of Democracy and Human Rights

Sponsored by Harvard Law’s Human Rights Program and the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World.

Time: 11:00 am EST (6:00pm Sudan/CAT)


  • Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at The Fletcher School at Tufts University
  • Gerald L. Neuman, J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law, and Director of the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School
  • Hala Al Karib, Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA)
  • Abdelkhalig Shaib, legal counsel at an international bank in Bahrain
  • Mohamed Osman, Researcher in Human Rights Watch’s Africa Division

Moderator: Abadir M. Ibrahim, Associate Director of the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School

Past Events

November 15, 2021

Women and Children in Conflict

Part 1: War and Famine

Monday, November 15, 2021



  • Laura Hammond, Professor of Development Studies, SOAS University of London
  • Bridget Conley, Research Director, World Peace Foundation
  • Dyan Mazuara, Director, Feinstein’s Research Program on Women and Children and Armed Conflict

Chair: Tajer Qassim MBE, Public Health Specialist

October 21, 2021

New Pandemics, old politics book cover, image of death\skeleton on horseback

New Pandemics, Old Politics

Ginn Library at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy hosts Alex de Waal on a discussion of his new book.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

12:10pm – 1:20pm

Cabot Room 702 or via Zoom.

New Pandemics, Old Politics explores how the modern world adopted a martial script to deal with epidemic disease threats, and how this has failed—repeatedly.  Europe first declared ‘war’ on cholera in the 19th century. It didn’t defeat the disease but it served purposes of state and empire. In 1918, influenza emerged from a real war and swept the world unchecked by either policy or medicine. The biggest pandemic of the century defied the script and was scrubbed from history. Forty years ago, AIDS challenged the confidence of medical science. AIDS is still with us, but we have learned to live with it—chiefly because of community activism and emancipatory politics.

Today, public health experts and political leaders who failed to listen to them agree on one thing: that we must ‘fight’ Covid-19. There’s a consensus that we must target individual pathogens and suppress them—and not address the reasons why our societies are so vulnerable. Arguing that this consensus is mistaken, Alex de Waal makes the case for a new democratic public health for the Anthropocene.

June 17, 2021

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa and the Department of International Development

  • Alex de Waal, Executive Director World Peace Foundation
  • Temrat Gebregiorgis, Editor of Fortune magazine
  • Tamerat Negera, Terrara Media Network
  • Tsedale Lemma, Journalist

Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin, Professorial Research Fellow, LSE Centre of Women Peace & Security

The humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia

Thursday 17 June 2021

2:00pm to 3:30pm GMT

The humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia, is grave, urgent and under-reported. It is striking that for a region that is historically food insecure and the epicentre of famine in the 1980s, the current situation is entirely man-made: the direct outcome of war.

There is growing evidence that the belligerents in the war, specifically the Ethiopian federal forces, the Eritrean national army, and the militia from the neighbouring Amhara region, have engaged in a campaign of starvation. This includes destroying food and agriculture, pillaging and vandalising health clinics and water facilities, looting factories, shops, and schools. Widespread rape is not only a crime but also prevents survivors from caring for their families and fear of sexual violence prevents women and girls from engaging in essential activities such as travelling to market or farming. Humanitarian aid is desperately limited: deliberately obstructed and often stolen. All in all, this amounts to a clear instance of starvation as a weapon of war, and accusations are mounting of a crime against humanity.

This event will address these issues and seek to understand the ongoing emergency. It will invite conversation between humanitarian researchers and reporters covering events on the ground.

May 19, 2021

Image of scales of justice blindfolded

Hosted by Global Rights Compliance

A Pandemic of Hunger:

Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 2417

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

16:00-17:30 CET/9-10:30 ET

To mark the third anniversary of the adoption of landmark UNSC Resolution 2417, GRC is pleased to convene a webinar on 19 May 2021, at 16.00-17.30 (CET) on the implementation of Resolution 2417 with a focus on South Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia, and broader UNSC action.

For this timely discussion ahead of the Protection of Civilians Week and the UN Secretary General’s report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, GRC Partner, Catriona Murdoch, will be joined by eminent speakers, including Yousuf Syed Khan (Legal/Reporting Officer at UN), Nathalie Weizmann (Senior Legal Officer, OCHA), and Sarah Offermans (Head of Development, Humanitarian Affairs and Human Rights, Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the UN).

The webinar will coincide with a digital symposium on Opinio Juris on the implementation of UNSC 2417 kicking off on May 17 and featuring written think pieces from the World Food Programme, Mwatana for Human Rights, Alex de Waal, Chris Newton, Yousuf Syed Khan, Jared Miller and Emanuela-Chiara Gillard.

April 20, 2021

  • Alex de Waal, Executive Director, World Peace Foundation and Research Director at The Fletcher School
  • Tom Dannenbaum, Assistant Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School
  • Chris Brew, Researcher, World Peace Foundation
  • Delia Burns, Researcher, World Peace Foundation
  • Haddush G. Gebremedhin, Tufts University
  • Chris Newton, Researcher World Peace Foundation

Starving Tigray

Mass atrocity and humanitarian emergency in Ethiopia

Tuesday, April 20, 2021


The war in the Tigray region of Ethiopia has unleashed a major humanitarian emergency. With most of Tigray off-limits to humanitarian agencies and journalists, the true dimensions of the crisis are hard to determine precisely. The World Peace Foundation report, ‘Starving Tigray’ documents what is known about the causes of the food crisis, its scale, and its possible trajectory.

The evidence points to a campaign of widespread and systematic pillage and forced starvation, threatening deepening hunger and possibly famine in the coming months, and impoverishment and aid-dependency in the longer term. In this session, World Peace Foundation researchers will outline their findings and debate what can be done.

Join World Peace Foundation’s Executive Director and Fletcher School Professor, Alex de Waal, Fletcher Assistant Professor Tom Dannenbaum and WPF researchers as they discuss war and famine in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, with The Fletcher School Dean, Rachel Kyte.

April 19, 2021

Prosecuting Starvation Crimes in Yemen’s Civil War

Hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Monday, April 19, 2021 4:00 – 5:30pm EST

The Yemen Accountability Project’s release of its white paper “Prosecuting Starvation Crimes in Yemen’s Civil War” examines the use of deliberate attacks on food, water, and objects indispensable to survival as part of the Saudi-led Coalition’s attacks on Houthi rebels in Yemen. The white paper outlines the evidence of these crimes and makes the case for bringing charges against perpetrators of starvation crimes in Yemen. The panelists will explore the challenges of bringing charges against perpetrators and the potential avenues of accountability.

  • Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at The Fletcher School at Tufts University
  • Laura Graham is executive director of the Yemen Accountability Project (YAP)
  • Milena Sterio is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Enrichment at Cleveland State University’s Marshall College of Law
  • James C. Johnson is the Chief Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone

See full participant bios.

April 7, 2021

Lemkin photo

Defining an Unimaginable Crime: The Story of Raphael Lemkin

Hosted by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Facebook Live event with a researcher and Museum historian to learn about Lemkin’s contributions towards helping survivors achieve a measure of justice.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT

Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jewish lawyer, escaped the Nazis but lost 49 members of his family in the Holocaust. He coined the word genocide in 1944 to describe the deliberate attempt to wipe out a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. Lemkin devoted the last 15 years of his life to lobbying governments to recognize genocide as an international crime and changed the legal landscape. Despite his impact, he died alone and penniless in 1959.

Speaker: Dr. Bridget Conley, Research Director, World Peace Foundation, and Associate Research Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

March 30, 2021

Tree and Tupit Speaker Series

How Mass Atrocities End: Military Interventions and Withdrawals
Conversation with Professor Bridget Conley, Research Director, World Peace Foundation

March 30, 2021 5pm EST

Join TREE and Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College (TUPIT) in speaking with Dr. Bridget Conley, Research Director of the World Peace Foundation about what incarceration looks like in the time of COVID-19 and the pandemic’s effects of incarcerated populations

March 15, 2021

  • Minouche Shafik, Director of LSE
  • Mary Kaldor, Director, Conflict Research Programme (Chair)
  • Alex de Waal, Executive Director, World Peace Foundation
  • Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government
  • Charlotte Morris, Senior Conflict Adviser (FCDO)

Understanding Violence and Political Markets in Africa and the Middle East:

Conclusions from the Conflict Research Programme

Hosted by the Conflict Research Programme at LSE IDEAS

Monday, March 15, 2021

11:00 AM-12:30 PM EST / 4:00-5:30 PM GMT

After four years of researching violence, conflict and across Africa and the Middle East, what have we learned? Join us for the concluding event of the Conflict Research Programme.

The Conflict Research Programme has been investigating the logics of war and peace across five countries in the Middle East and Africa over the last four years. Findings cover the link between extremist identity politics and political marketplaces, the countervailing role of civicness, and ‘what works’ external interventions in such areas as security, humanitarian need or localised conflict resolution. Producing high-quality research published in academic journals alongside policy analysis to the UK government, the programme boasts a range of outputs that has the potential to shape academic debate and the development landscape.

In this event, CRP researchers will present some of the highlights from the programme including examples of impact, as well as evidence to support a new way of thinking about public authority and conflict as a social condition.

March 3, 2021

  • Sam Perlo-Freeman, Research Coordinator, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Fellow, World Peace Foundation
  • Dan Mahanty, Director, US Program, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
  • Molly Mulready, Lawyer, formerly of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Emma Soubrier, Visiting Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
  • Nathan Toronto, Commissioning Editor, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center (moderator)

Arms Sales to Conflict Zones

Business as Usual: How major weapons exporters arm the world’s conflicts

Hosted by the Forum on the Arms Trade and sponsored by the World Peace Foundation, Center for Responsive Politics, and Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center.

Video of the Event

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

11:00 AM-12:30 PM EST / 4:00-5:30 PM GMT

Join in a discussion for the launch of “Business as Usual: How major weapons exporters arm the world’s conflicts” — the initial report at the midpoint of a two-year project examining defense industries, foreign policy and armed conflict.

Over the past decades, international efforts have increasingly sought to control arms exports to countries where conflicts are taking place, especially where such conflicts involve human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law (IHL). This first report looks at the top 11 arms exporters, examining whether export control measures – including international treaties, national legislation and policy, and the EU Common Position – correspond to actual, empirical, changes in practice on the part of arms suppliers.

This report is part of the WPF research program, “Defense industries, Foreign Policy, and Armed Conflict,” support for which was provided in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

February 20, 2021

The Effects of Military Interventions: Taking Stock

How Mass Atrocities End: Military Interventions and Withdrawals
Hosted by the Royal Holloway University of London

1: 20GMT Dr. Bridget Conley

This conference will bring together scholars from multidisciplinary backgrounds to take stock of theoretical and empirical knowledge on social, political, economic and strategic effects of military interventions. Click below to view the conference website and to register.

October 29, 2020

  • Ciraj Rassool is Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape and directs its African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies.
  • Vernelda Grant, is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona.

De-colonizing “Objects”

This is Session One of a Five Part AY-long series in collaboration with the Jonathon M. Tisch College of Civic Life, In Their Presence: Debates on the dignity, display and ownership of human remains.


October 29, 2020 on Zoom 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

This conference will open with an introduction by series organizers, Diane O’Donoghue, Director of the Program for Public Humanities and Senior Fellow for the Humanities at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, and Bridget Conley, Research Director of the World Peace Foundation (WPF) and Associate Research Professor at The Fletcher School.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


  • Daniel Maxwell, Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security at the Friedman School of Nutrition and The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is also a research director at the Feinstein International Center
  • Merry Fitzpatrick, Feinstein International Center, Senior Researcher at Tufts University
  • Chris Newton, Food and Nutrition Policy and Programmes MS, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
  • Aditya Sarkar, independent researcher

Moderated by World Peace Foundation Executive Director, Alex de Waal.

Humanitarian Crisis and Response in the Context of the Political Marketplace Framework

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT (GMT-4)

This webinar will present findings from recent research on understanding humanitarian crises and responses through the lens of the political marketplace. This research is based several countries across Africa and the Middle East: DRC, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The webinar is hosted by the Conflict Research Programme at the London School of Economics with the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School and Feinstein International Center, Tufts University.

October 10, 2020

The Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium

Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities

11:00am: Memory, Survival and Genocide, Bridget Conley

Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University

The international symposium is an annual public forum designed and enacted by EPIIC students. It features international practitioners, academics, public intellectuals, activists and journalists who come to Tufts each year for three days of discussion and debate in panels and small-group discussions determined by students in the EPIIC course. Students who conduct research projects also have the opportunity to present alongside the invited experts.

Sept. 24, 2020

Keynote Address “Starvation Crimes: Prospects for Political Action in the Current Crises”, WPF Executive Director, Alex de Waal

War crimes & catastrophe in today’s global crisis: Is anyone responsible?

A Symposium On Law, Rights, and Humanitarianism

Thursday Sept. 24, 2020, 1:00 pm

Hosted by American University

This event is sponsored by the Historical and International Studies Faculty Research Cluster, the Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace; AU programs in Ethics, Peace and Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability and Global Health and Islamic and Middle East Studies, and additional support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Click here for more information and to register.

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