Starvation and War - A webinar on Tigray

Oct 20, 2022 07:00 PM London
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We are familiar with bombs and bullets, but perhaps less aware of how the supply of food, including restricting humanitarian aid, is used as a means of pursuing military and political objectives.

The conflict in Ukraine is deliberately inhibiting food supplies, especially to Africa. The tragedy which continues in the Tigray regional state of Ethiopia has seen widespread hunger as food supplies and humanitarian aid are blocked. Starvation is a weapon of war.

The discussion will develop from our webinar Tigray - the prevention of genocide, broadening our understanding of the ethical challenges in this conflict alongside the deepening global crisis.

The webinar brings together renowned experts from academia and politics, who have a passionate commitment to peace with justice and the rule of law at an international level.



Our previous webinar on Tigray


Webinar Speakers


Alex de Waal (Executive Director World Peace Foundation @Tuft University)

Alex de Waal is executive director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarship and practice has probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peacebuilding.

Professor de Wall has worked for several Africa-focused human rights organizations, focusing especially on avenues to peaceful resolution of the second Sudanese Civil War; researched the intersection of HIV/AIDS, poverty and governance, and initiated the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa. He was a member of the African Union mediation team for Darfur (2005-2006); senior adviser to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan (2009-2012); on the list of Foreign Policy’s 100 most influential public intellectuals in 2008 and Atlantic Monthly’s 27 “brave thinkers” in 2009.


Sarah Vaughan (Dr)

Dr Sarah Vaughan is a social scientist who has worked in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa since the late 1980s, advising a series of governmental, multilateral, academic and non-governmental bodies. She was for 20 years an Honorary Fellow of the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, and has taught African politics and social theory in Scotland and Ethiopia. She works on a range of aspects of the political economy of Ethiopia and the region and is a co-author of The Culture of Power in Contemporary Ethiopian Political Life (Vaughan & Tronvoll, 2004, Sida) and Changing Rural Ethiopia: Community Transformations (Pankhurst, Bevan, Dom, Tiumellisan & Vaughan, eds, 2018, Tsehai).