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Harry Verhoeven

Harry Verhoeven

Assistant Professor at the School of Foreign Service (Qatar) of Georgetown University

Harry Verhoeven completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford, where he teaches African Politics and is currently a postdoctoral fellow. His research focuses on conflict, development and environment in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region and he is the Convenor of the Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN). Outside academia, he has worked in Northern Uganda, Sudan, India and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Research Interests

Elite Politics; State Building; Post-Liberation Movements; Armed Conflict; Hydropolitics;Climate Change and Water in Africa; Famine; Emerging Powers; Islamism; Humanitarian Intervention/Responsibility to Protect

Regional Expertise: Sudan; South Sudan; Ethiopia; Congo; Rwanda; Uganda; Somalia; Egypt




“Water, Civilisation and Power in Sudan. The Political Economy of Military-Islamist State-Building”, Cambridge University Press, to be published in 2014

Journal Articles, Working Papers, Book Chapters


“The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Failed States: Somalia, State Collapse and the Global War on Terror.” In: Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol.3, 3, Nov. 2009, pp.405-425.

“Understanding Sudan’s Saviours and Survivors: Darfur in the crossfire between humanitarian fundamentalism and Khartoum’s divide and rule.” In: Review of African Political Economy, Vol.36, No.122, Dec. 2009, pp.630-635. (Co-authors: Sharath Srinivasan and Lydiah Kemunto Bosire)

Climate Change, Development and Conflict in Sudan. Neo-Malthusian global narratives and local power struggles.” In: Development and Change, Vol.42, 3, June 2011, pp.679-707

Black Gold for Blue Gold? Sudan’s Oil, Ethiopia’s Water and Regional Integration”, Chatham House-Africa Programme, London, June 2011

Book Review: The Gacaca Courts, Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda.” In: Africa, Vol. 81, 3, August 2011, pp.507-509

“Sudan’s Islamists and the Post-Oil Era: Washington’s Role after Southern Secession”In: Middle East Policy, Vol. 18, 3, Fall 2011, pp.133-143 (Co-author: Luke A. Patey)

“ ‘Dams are Development’: China, the Al-Ingaz Regime and the Political Economy of the Sudanese Nile” In: Dan Large, Luke A. Patey, (eds.) “Sudan Looks East. China, India and the Politics of Asian Alternatives.” Oxford: James Currey, 2011, pp.120-138

The Logic of War and Peace in Sudan” In: Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol.49, 4, Dec 2011, pp.671-684

Nurturing Democracy or into the Danger Zone? The Rwandan Patriotic Front, Elite Fragmentation and Post-Liberation Politics” In: Madalena Campeoni, Patrick Noack (eds.), “Rwanda Fast Forward.” London: Palgrave, 2012, pp.265-280.

“Sudan and its Agricultural Revival: a Regional Breadbasket at Last or Another Mirage in the Desert?”In: Tony Allan, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo, Jeroen Warner (eds.), Handbook Land and Water Grabs. London: Routledge, 2012, pp.41-54.

Africa’s Illiberal State-Builders”, Department of International Development/Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper, University of Oxford, 2013 (with Will Jones and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira)

“The Rise and Fall of Sudan’s Al-Ingaz Revolution: the Transition from Militarised Islamism to Economic Salvation and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement”In: Civil Wars, Vol.15, 2, 2013, pp.118-140.

“The Politics of African Energy Development: Ethiopia’s hydro-agricultural state-building strategy and clashing paradigms of water security”In: The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Vol.371, 30 September 2013

“Book Review: Al-Shabaab in Somalia”In: Journal of Global Faultlines, Vol.1, 1, 2013, pp.155-157.

“The Hydropolitics of the Sudanese Nile: the history and political economy of geostrategic manoeuvres and the imperative of regional cooperation” In: Ahmed Al-Shahi, Bona Malwal (eds.), Sudan: A Long Transition into Two States, Khartoum: Omdurman Ahlia University, 2014, pp.19-46.

“ ’Our Identity is Our Currency’: South Africa, the Responsibility to Protect and the Logic of African Intervention”, In: Conflict, Security and Development, Vol.14, 2, 2014, pp.1-26. (co-authors: Ricardo Soares de Oliveira and CSR Murthy)

“Is Beijing’s Non-Interference Policy History? How Africa Changed China”In: The Washington Quarterly, Vol.37, 2, 2014, pp.55-70.

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