Academic Year 2021-2022
May 10, 2022
Sudan’s Unfinished Democracy
Tuesday, May 20,2022
18:00 – 19:00 BST | 1:00pm-2:00pm EST
Hosted by The Royal African Society
Join us for an important analysis of politics in modern Sudan with the launch of Sudan’s Unfinished Democracy. This book tells the story of the Sudanese revolution of 2019; of how it succeeded in bringing down the long-standing rule of President Omar al-Bashir; and of the troubled transitional civilian-led government that was installed in his place.
It sets the scrupulously non-violent uprising in its historical context, showing how the protesters drew upon the precedents of earlier civic revolutions and adapted their practices to the challenges of the al-Bashir regime. The book also explores how that regime was brought to its knees through its inability to manage the intersecting economic and political crises caused by the secession of South Sudan and the loss of oil revenue, alongside the uncontrolled expansion of a sprawling security apparatus.
Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation
Justin Lynch, writer and researcher living in Sudan
April 28, 2022
Arms Exports to Conflict Areas: Engaging Youth in Countering Militarism
Thursday, April 28, 2022
12:00 pm EST / 6:00 pm CEST
Despite state commitments to upholding the protection of human rights and international humanitarian law, the outbreak of war or conflict has little or no restraining effect on US, UK, or French exports – even when blatant violations of human rights and humanitarian law are documented. This is the key finding of a series of three seminal reports published last month by the World Peace Foundation’s program, “Defense Industries, Foreign Policy, and Armed Conflict,” funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
In this panel, we explore how activists might leverage these insights to advocate for change. Our speakers, activists from youth-led organizations, will address how activists on the ground can work together to hold their states accountable for arms exports to conflict areas
Ruth Rohde, Founder & Manager, Corruption Tracker
Alice Privey, Research & Events Officer, Stop Fueling War
Mélina Villeneuve, Research Director, Demilitarise Education
Greta Zarro, Organzing Director, World BEYOND War
B. Arneson, Outreach Coordinator World Peace Foundation, “Defense industries, Foreign Policy and Armed Conflict.”
April 20, 2022
Housing & Health: Re-Entry Obstacles
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
4:30-6:00 pm EST
Hosted by TUPIT, The Petey Greene Progam, and Kappa Alpha Theta
Learn from Leslie Credle, executive director of Justice4Housing, and Monik Jimenez, Assist. Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as they share their stories and address the impacts of discriminatory housing and health care policies on formerly incarcerated people. How can we expand access to safe housing, quality healthcare, and other vital resources to humanize our approach to re-entry?
April 14, 2022
Capitalizing on Conflict: US Arms Sales to Conflict Zones
Thursday, April 14, 2022
1:00- 2:00 pm EST
In partnership with OpenSecrets.
Join OpenSecrets and the World Peace Foundation for a discussion of how and why the U.S.— with sales over $10 billion each year — sells weapons to countries involved in armed conflicts. Our experts will explore how the role of industry influence, export controls and the government’s geopolitical goals all contribute to the spread of armed conflict with a special focus on conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.
Jennifer Erickson, an associate professor of Political Science and International Studies at Boston College, will share conclusions from her report “On the Front Lines: Conflict Zones and US Arms Exports” in which she investigates export controls and their efficacy on the ground in conflict zones.
Dan Auble, a Senior Researcher at OpenSecrets, will present findings from OpenSecrets’ series of Capitalizing on Conflict reports, releasing the first of several case studies focusing on the ongoing conflict in Yemen and preview reports on Syria and Libya. Online resources for tracking the activities of the defense industry will be shared.
These reports are part of a project of OpenSecrets and the World Peace Foundation/Tufts University supported in part by funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The project is investigating the effects of defense industry influence on policy and conflict and why the global arms trade has proven remarkably resistant to effective controls.
March 23, 2022
US REPORT LAUNCH
How the U.S. arms conflict zones: a discussion with Jennifer Erickson
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
4:00pm EST Virtual Event
Jennifer Erickson, an associate professor of Political Science and International Studies at Boston College, will present insights from her new report, “On the Front Lines: Conflict Zones and US Arms Exports” (World Peace Foundation, March 2022). In the paper, she details US domestic and international arms export controls, and what actually happened in five conflict zones: Libya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen
Dr. Erickson is an expert on conventional arms transfers and arms export controls, sanctions and arms embargoes, and new weapons and the laws and norms of war. She is the author of Dangerous Trade: Conventional Arms Exports, Human Rights, and International Reputation (Columbia, 2015).
This report is part of the research program “Defense Industries, Foreign Policy and Armed Conflict” funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and is carried out in partnership with the OpenSecrets. It asks: why, despite robust regulation mechanisms in key exporting countries and international monitoring efforts, has the global arms trade proven remarkably resistant to effective controls – with direct enabling consequences on conflict situations?
Learn more about “Defense Industries, Foreign Policy and Armed Conflict“.
March 15, 2022
UK REPORT LAUNCH
Missing in Action: UK arms export controls in war and armed conflict
Report by Prof. Anna Stavrianakis
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
4pm GST | 7pm AST | 12pm EST
Hosted by Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT)
This report is part of a project led by the World Peace Foundation, and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, “Defense Industries, Foreign Policy, and Armed Conflict“.
This event explores the patterns of UK arms exports in the last two decades, with particular reference to arms exports to India and Pakistan in relation to Kashmir; to the Sri Lankan armed forces in the civil war; to Israel, used in the occupation of Palestine; and to the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen. Speakers from CAAT, Mwatana for Human Rights and Palestine Solidarity Campaign will reflect on the role of the arms trade in sustaining these wars, and on avenues for progressive change.
Sam Perlo-Freeman, Research Coordinator, Campaign Against Arms Trade
February 24, 2022
Book Launch/Panel Discussion of Kerry Whigham’s Resonant Violence: Affect, Memory and Activism in Post-Genocide Societies
Friday, February 24, 2022
2:30-3:30 pm EST
Hosted by the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Binghamton University, New York
Join us for a panel discussion marking the launch of the new book by Kerry Whigham, Assistant Professor of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at I-GMAP, Resonant Violence: Affect, Memory and Activism in Post-Genocide Societies. Our two distinguished panelists and Prof. Whigham will discuss the new book and take questions from the online audience.
Bridget Conley is associate professor of research and research director at the World Peace Foundation. Her specializations include mass atrocities, genocide, museums, and memorialization. Before joining the WPF, she served as research director for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience, where she helped establish the Museum’s program on contemporary genocide. Over her ten years at the Museum, she led many of the Museum’s signature projects on genocide, including case study and issue analysis, educational programs, exhibitions, and its podcast series, Voices on Genocide Prevention, which she hosted from 2008-2011. She received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University in 2001.
Ernesto Verdeja earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science (political theory) from the New School for Social Research in New York City. His research has focused on large-scale political violence (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity), transitional justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, and trials, truth commissions, apologies, and reparations. Other interests include contemporary political theory, particularly democratic and critical theory, the Frankfurt School, and feminism.
March 3, 2022
Thursday 03 March 2022 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa
The crisis in Tigray and northern Ethiopia has forced prime minister Abiy Ahmed to declare a nationwide state of emergency, as the spectre of a regime change looms over Addis Ababa. This puts the country at a critical juncture, as the prospect grows of an expanding civil war, raising fears the situation could tip into genocide. An immediate ceasefire, unhindered humanitarian access and a comprehensive national dialogue on reconciliation have never been more urgent.
This event will seek to unpack the current situation in Ethiopia and the competing narratives about its past and future. It will ask how close Ethiopia is to peace now, what needs to be done to achieve peace, who are the actors and what model can help achieve sustainable peace in a deeply divided society.
February 18, 2022
Friday, February 18, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft.Myers Florida
We urgently need a redefinition of “pandemic” to look beyond the individual pathogen itself and understand the societal ecology in which pandemic diseases evolve, and the societal impacts that they have. In this lecture Professor de Waal will examine how the concept of “pandemic” has been shaped by positivistic science and the attendant concept of “conquering” disease, and how this overlooks alternative understandings of health crises and approaches to health that combine human rights with evolutionary science. He critiques the pervasive notion of a “war” on disease and explore how the concept of “one health” can become an emancipatory social project.
Alex de Waal is executive director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
December 10, 2021
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.
December 3, 2021
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
See full participant bios.
April 7, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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.