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About Alex de Waal

Alex de Waal is Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation, at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He published The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power in Polity Press, 2015.

Articles by Alex de Waal

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Europe’s challenge in the Horn of Africa

A combination of a top-down approach aimed at preventing wars, and a bottom-up approach framed by the people’s issues, is the best chance for progress. Where is the EU?

Designer activism and post-democracy

For campaigners committed to transformational social change, the unscripted howl of celebrities is a weak peg on which to hang a movement.

The LRA: what's to be done?

Supporters of the Kony 2012 campaign have posed two questions to critics: 'what would you do?', and 'what's the problem with getting the issue more attention?'. But African and international efforts have already solved most of the problems associated with the LRA, let's keep up those efforts.

Don't elevate Kony

What is Kony2012? The apologists for Invisible Children call it “raising awareness.” Alex de Waal calls it peddling dangerous and patronizing falsehoods.

The contest over peace and security in Africa

The dominant interventionist approach to peace and security in Africa by-passes the hard work of creating domestic political consensus and instead imposes models of government favoured by western powers. The emergent African methodology offers a chance to develop locally-rooted solutions too often sidelined.

Sudan and the International Criminal Court: a guide to the controversy

The request to indict Sudan's president on charges of genocide and war crimes in Darfur is a historic moment in international justice. But is it wise, and will it bring peace in Sudan nearer or destabilise the country further? Alex de Waal presents the many sides of a vigorous debate

HIV/Aids: the next twenty-five years

The world's experience of living with HIV/Aids in the past generation suggests that tough and far-sighted policies are needed if progress is to be made over the next, says Alex de Waal.

Darfur peace agreement: so near, so far

The Darfur peace deal signed in May 2006 has failed to halt the cycle of violence and suffering, says a member of the African Union's mediation team. A new settlement will be harder. But for Alex de Waal, there is no alternative to painstaking, constructive engagement.

The African Union mediation team that laboured in Abuja, Nigeria, to try to bring a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Darfur was neither naïve, deluded, nor opportunistic.

The global Aids campaign: a generation's struggle

The lesson of the international Aids conference in Toronto is that the global Aids industry needs to think strategically to meet the challenges of the next twenty-five years, says Alex de Waal.

Darfur's fragile peace

The collapse of the Darfur peace agreement designed to resolve the conflict in western Sudan could be averted by a more comprehensive approach to the key issue of disarmament, says Alex de Waal.

The implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) signed on 5 May 2006 is stalling, amid new insecurity across the western Sudanese region. In these circumstances, more calls are being made for armed intervention by Nato or other western forces.

The African state and global governance

The scale of Africa’s political and social crises, exacerbated by the HIV/Aids pandemic and reinforced by failures of governance, make it a global dependent.
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