Alex de Waal

South Sudan: Who Got What?

As part of the JSRP’s effort to present its research in multiple formats, Professor Alex de Waal has been working closely with Kenyan cartoonist Victor Ndula and Tjeerd Royaards from The Cartoon Movement to create an infographic in the form of an online comic, ‘South Sudan: Who Got What?’, which charts the story of South Sudan from independence to 2015. The comic draws on […]

Alex de Waal on Ebola and the Militarization of Global Health

Read JSRP Research Director Alex de Waal’s powerful new piece in the Boston Review here.

  • Permalink Rwandan military personnel with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) perform a short-range patrol in Northern Darfur while a child plays with a soccer ball. UNAMID began operations in the region in December 2007.
12/Oct/2009. , Sudan. UN Photo/Olivier Chassot.

    The UN’s Darfur “Cover-up” and the Need for Reliable Conflict Data

The UN’s Darfur “Cover-up” and the Need for Reliable Conflict Data

By Alex de Waal International peacekeeping operations are deployed to complicated and troubled places. Often, reliable information is scarce, rumors and poorly-founded allegations are common, and interpretation of events is highly politicized. Recent controversies around what is going on in Darfur illuminate the need for much better data. A former UN official, Aicha Elbasri, has made much-publicized allegations that the […]

When Kleptocracy Becomes Insolvent: Brute Causes of the Civil War in South Sudan

In a new article published in African Affairs, Alex de Waal argues that South Sudan obtained independence in July 2011 as a kleptocracy – a militarized, corrupt neo-patrimonial system of governance. By the time of independence, the South Sudanese ‘political marketplace’ was so expensive that the country’s comparatively copious revenue was consumed by the military-political patronage system, with almost […]

July 2nd: Evidence & Power Conference at LSE

Can evidence really drive development policy, or do power and politics always trump in the end?  Join experts from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), The Asia Foundation (TAF), ActionAid, the London School of Economics (LSE), Tufts University, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the University of Manchester for a day of debate, discussion and workshops on the evolving […]

Advocacy in conflict: “half-truths” on behalf of the powerful?

Does contemporary western activism speak truth to power — or half-truths on behalf of the powerful?  These questions were the subject of a recent seminar on Advocacy in Conflict hosted by the World Peace Foundation (WP) at Tufts University.

The WP seminar eschewed the traditional conference format of presentations followed by Q&A in favour of frank discussions among a small […]

UPDATED: Africa in the 2011 Libyan conflict: the inside story

 “[Intervention] is a high and summary procedure which may sometimes snatch a remedy beyond the reach of law. Nevertheless, it must be admitted that in the case of Intervention, as in that of Revolution, its essence is illegality and its justification is its success.’
– Sir William Harcourt, 1862.
From: African roles in the Libyan conflict of 2011.
JSRP Research Director Alex […]

De Waal: Why South Sudan Needs More Than Oil

In a new article in Foreign Affairs, JSRP Research Director Alex de Waal argues that while the return of oil production to South Sudan is good news in the short term, the country’s longer-term prospects will depend on diversifying their resource base and making peace with their northern neighbour.

Sizzling South Sudan: Why Oil is Not the Whole Story, is […]