Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine

Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine

The world almost conquered famine. Until the 1980s, this scourge killed ten million people every decade, but by early 2000s mass starvation had all but disappeared. Today, famines are resurgent, driven by war, blockade, hostility to humanitarian principles and a volatile global economy. In Mass Starvation, world-renowned expert on humanitarian crisis and response Alex de Waal provides an authoritative history of modern famines: their causes, dimensions and why they ended. He analyses starvation as a crime, and breaks new ground in examining forced starvation as an instrument of genocide and war. Refuting the enduring but erroneous view that attributes famine to overpopulation and natural disaster, he shows how political decision or political failing is an essential element in every famine, while the spread of democracy and human rights, and the ending of wars, were major factors in the near-ending of this devastating phenomenon. Hard-hitting and deeply informed, Mass Starvation explains why man-made famine and the political decisions that could end it for good must once again become a top priority for the international community.

  • ASIN: 1509524673

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa delves into the business of politics in the turbulent, war-torn countries of north-east Africa. It is a contemporary history of how politicians, generals and insurgents bargain over money and power, and use of war to achieve their goals. Drawing on a thirty-year career in Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, including experience as a participant in high-level peace talks, Alex de Waal provides a unique and compelling account of how these countries� leaders run their governments, conduct their business, fight their wars and, occasionally, make peace. De Waal shows how leaders operate on a business model, securing funds for their �political budgets� which they use to rent the provisional allegiances of army officers, militia commanders, tribal chiefs and party officials at the going rate. This political marketplace is eroding the institutions of government and reversing statebuilding�and it is fuelled in large part by oil exports, aid funds and western military assistance for counter-terrorism and peacekeeping. The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa is a sharp and disturbing book with profound implications for international relations, development and peacemaking in the Horn of Africa and beyond.

  • Brand: Polity Press
  • ASIN: 0745695582

Famine Crimes: Politics & the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa

Famine Crimes: Politics & the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa

"A powerful critique of the international humanitarian agencies dominating famine relief in Africa." —Foreign Affairs"This is unquestionably an important book by a writer whose accomplishments as a researcher, critic and activist on famine and on human rights in Africa are widely respect." —International Affairs"... de Waal pleads for readers... to probe for a deeper understanding of the ‘political roots of famine’... " —WorldView"... a well-documented critique that should give pause for serious reflection and serve to instruct both the initiate and the master of famine theory... " —Sociocultural AnthropologyFamine Crimes is a factually rich, powerfully intelligent, morally important analysis of the persistence of famine in Africa. Alex de Waal lays the blame for Africa’s problems with starvation on the political failings of African governments, western donors, and the misguided policies of international relief agencies.

  • ASIN: 0253211581

Advocacy in Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Activism

Advocacy in Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Activism

For better or for worse, many high-profile celebrities and companies have become vocal advocates for causes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Advocacy in Conflict explores the consequences of these popular culture advocacy strategies, which often compromise the integrity of the cause in pursuit of prominence and influence.   Examining the impact of western mass culture advocates, Advocacy in Conflict evaluates the successes and failures of advocacy campaigns and offers constructive criticism of ongoing efforts. Alex de Waal uses high-profile case studies, such as campaigns related to democracy, human trafficking, disability rights, and land rights to challenge the assumptions and agendas that advocacy organizations perpetuate.

  • ASIN: 1783602724

Famine that Kills: Darfur, Sudan (Oxford Studies in African Affairs)

Famine that Kills: Darfur, Sudan (Oxford Studies in African Affairs)

In 2004, Darfur, Sudan was described as the "world's greatest humanitarian crisis." Twenty years previously, Darfur was also the site of a disastrous famine. Famine that Kills is a seminal account of that famine, and a social history of the region. In a new preface prepared for this revised edition, Alex de Waal analyzes the roots of the current conflict in land disputes, social disruption and impoverishment. Despite vast changes in the nature of famines and in the capacity of response, de Waal's original challenge to humanitarian theory and practice including a focus on the survival strategies of rural people has never been more relevant. Documenting the resilience of the people who suffered, it explains why many fewer died than had been predicted by outsiders. It is also a pathbreaking study of the causes of famine deaths, showing how outbreaks of infectious disease killed more people than starvation. Now a classic in the field, Famine that Kills provides critical background and lessons of past intervention for a region that finds itself in another moment of humanitarian tragedy.

  • Brand: Alex de Waal
  • ASIN: 0195181638

Darfur: A New History of a Long War (African Arguments)

Darfur: A New History of a Long War (African Arguments)

The humanitarian tragedy in Darfur has stirred politicians, Hollywood celebrities and students to appeal for a peaceful resolution to the crisis. Beyond the horrific pictures of sprawling refugee camps and lurid accounts of rape and murder lies a complex history steeped in religion, politics, and decades of internal unrest.  Darfur traces the origins, organization and ideology of the infamous Janjawiid and other rebel groups, including the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement. It also analyzes the confused responses of the Sudanese government and African Union. This thoroughly updated edition also features a powerful analysis of how the conflict has been received in the international community and the varied attempts at peacekeeping.    

  • ASIN: 1842779508

War in Darfur and the Search for Peace (Studies in Global Equity)

War in Darfur and the Search for Peace (Studies in Global Equity)

Since it sprang from obscurity to international headlines in 2004, the name "Darfur" has become synonymous with war, massacre, and humanitarian crisis. The crisis had, however, been brewing for far longer, its causes neglected by both scholars and Sudanese leaders. War in Darfur and the Search for Peace is a series of essays by leading Sudanese and international specialists on Darfur, combining original research and analysis. The book provides in-depth analysis of the origins and dimensions of the conflict, including detailed accounts of the evolution of ethnic and religious identities, the breakdown of local administration, the emergence of Arab militia and resistance movements, and regional dimensions to the conflict. The study also focuses on the search for peace, with contributions by those most closely engaged in local and international efforts to resolve the conflict. This includes documentation and analysis of the warring parties' ideologies and agendas and how they have changed in the course of the conflict, and examination of the efforts made by Sudanese civil and political leaders, the African Union, and other international actors to bring the war to an end.

  • Brand: Brand: Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University
  • ASIN: 0674023676

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power by Alex de Waal (2015-10-12)

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power by Alex de Waal (2015-10-12)

  • ASIN: B01N3UMOHP

Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa (African Issues) by Alex de Waal (1997-01-01)

Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa (African Issues) by Alex de Waal (1997-01-01)

  • ASIN: B01FGLRLC2

New Left Review, No. 230

New Left Review, No. 230

Essays, articles, and reviews on world culture and politics by leading international writers. Includes Noam Chomsky on the U. S. and global power, Alex de Waal on humanitarian war crimes in Somalia, Michael Rogin on Steven Spielberg, Chin-tao Wu, on privatizing culture, Susan Strange, Tom Nairn.

  • ASIN: B0041E9XHW
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Alex de Waal Book Talk - Ginn Library 11/6/2015

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Book Launch: "Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine"

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Please join us for a presentation and armchair discussion with Alex de Waal, the author of “Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine.” Considered one of the leading experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, de Waal has crafted a comprehensive history of modern famines and the factors that...

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Alex de Waal: The Ongoing Conflict in Sudan

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After achieving independence from Britain and Egypt in 1952, Sudan endured two bitter and extended civil wars which finally ended in 2005. When, in 2011, South Sudan seceded to become a sovereign territory, there was hope that peace would finally come to the region. However, as of May 2012, confl...

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