Alex de Waal is a program director of the Social Science Research Council, a senior fellow of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and a director of Justice Africa in London. He received his DPhil in social anthropology from Oxford University in 1988 and has written or edited thirteen books. Among them are, Famine that Kills: Darfur, Sudan, 1984-1985 (Clarendon Press, 1989); Facing Genocide: The Nuba of Sudan (African Rights, 1995); Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa (James Currey, 1997); AIDS and Power: Why There is No Political Crisis-Yet (Zed, 2006); and (with Julie Flint), Darfur: A New History of a Long War (revised edition, Zed, 2008). He has served as adviser to the African Union mediation team for the Darfur peace talks (2005-06) and the African Union High-Level Panel on Darfur (2009). He was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honors List of 2009, was on the Prospect/Foreign Policy list of 100 public intellectuals in 2008, and the Atlantic Monthly list of 27 ‘brave thinkers' in 2009.

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