Prof Harry Verhoeven teaches at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University. He is also an Associate Member of the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Oxford. His research focuses on elite politics, conflict and the political economy of the environment in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region. He was founder of the the Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN) in 2008-2009 and remains a Co-Convenor of OUCAN. From October 2016 onwards, he is a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University.
Harry Verhoeven completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford, where he was a postdoctoral fellow from 2012 to 2014 and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College from 2013 to 2014. He was a founder of the Oxford Central Africa Forum (OCAF). Outside academia, he has worked in Northern Uganda, Sudan, India and Democratic Republic of Congo. He has provided consultancy services to and collaborated with the World Bank, UNDP Sudan, Chatham House, Small Arms Survey and several governments. His work has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Qatar National Research Fund and the Volkswagen Foundation.
Research Areas and Interests
Elite Politics; State Building; Liberation Movements; Armed Conflict; Hydropolitics; Climate Change and Water in Africa; Famine; Emerging Powers; Islamism; Humanitarian Intervention/Responsibility to Protect; Indian Ocean
Regional Specialisation: Horn of Africa, Central Africa, Indian Ocean world, Africa-Middle East Relations
Country Expertise: Sudan; South Sudan; Ethiopia; Eritrea; Congo (DR); Rwanda; Uganda; Somalia; Egypt
BSc & MA, Political and Social Sciences, Gent University
MSc, Global Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
DPhil, St Cross College and Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford
“Water, Civilisation and Power in Sudan. The Political Economy of Military-Islamist State-Building”, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015
"Why Comrades Go To War. Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict", London/New York: Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2016 (Co-author: Philip Roessler)
“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, 2009, pp.405-425.
“Climate Change, Development and Conflict in Sudan. Neo-Malthusian global narratives and local power struggles.” In: Development and Change, Vol.42, 3, 2011, pp.679-707
“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)
“The Logic of War and Peace in Sudan” In: Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol.49, 4, Dec 2011, pp.671-684
“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: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Vol.371, No.2002, 30 September 2013.
“Is Beijing’s Non-Interference Policy History? How Africa Changed China” In: The Washington Quarterly, Vol.37, 2, 2014, pp.55-70.
“ ’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)
“Gardens of Edens or Hearts of Darkness? The Genealogy of Discourses on Environmental Insecurity and Climate Wars in Africa”, In: Geopolitics, Vol.19, 4, 2014, pp.784-805.
*“The Nexus as Political Commodity: Agricultural Development, Water Policy and Elite Rivalry in Egypt”, International Journal of Water Resources Development, Vol.31, 3, 2015, pp.360-374.
“Ethiopia: Africa’s Coming Hegemon”, In: Foreign Affairs, April 2015
“To Intervene in Darfur, or not: Re-examining the R2P Debate and its Impact”, Global Society, Vol.30, 1, 2016, pp.21-37. (co-authors: Ricardo Soares de Oliveira and Jagannath Madhan Mohan)
“Re-Engineering the State, Awakening the Nation: Dams, Islamist Modernity and Nationalist Politics in Sudan”, Water Alternatives, Vol.9, 2, 2016, pp.182-202. (co-author: Maimuna Mohamud)
“African Dam Building as Extraversion: the case of Sudan’s Dam Programme, Nubian Resistance and the Saudi-Iranian Proxy War in Yemen”, African Affairs, Vol.115, 461, 2016, pp.562-573.
"Behind the Violence in Ethiopia: Will its Experiment with Ethnic Federalism Work?", Foreign Afffairs, August 2016
Reports, Working Papers & Book Chapters
Black Gold for Blue Gold? Sudan’s Oil, Ethiopia’s Water and Regional Integration”, Chatham House-Africa Programme, London, June 2011
“ ‘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
“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 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.
“Sudan’s Hydropolitics: regional chess games, national hegemony and local resistance” In: Munzoul Assal, Barbara Casciarri, François Ireton (eds.), “Reshaping livelihoods, identities and political conflicts in contemporary Sudan.” London: Berghahn, 2015, pp.89-107.
“Saudi Arabia and the Horn of Africa” In: Neil Patrick (ed.), “Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy. Conflict and Cooperation” London: I.B.Tauris, 2016, pp.92-110. (co-author: Eckart Woertz)
“The Gulf States in the Political Economy of the Nile Basin: A Historical Overview”, In: Emil Sandström, Terje Østigård, Anders Jagerskog (eds.), Water Politics in the Nile River Basin. Challenges and New Investments. London: I.B. Tauris, 2016, pp.53-72.
“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)
“The Gacaca Courts, Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda.” In: Africa, Vol. 81, 3, August 2011, pp.507-509
“Al-Shabaab in Somalia” In: Journal of Global Faultlines, Vol.1, 1, 2013, pp.155-157.
“The New Pirates”, In: International Affairs, Vol.91, 1, 2015, pp.202-203.
“Inside the Brotherhood”, In: International Affairs, Vol.91, 3, 2015, pp.658-660.
“Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia”, In: African Studies Quarterly, Vol.16, 2, 2016, pp.131-133
“The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa”, In: International Affairs, Vol.92, 4, 2016, pp.1021-1022.
INAF 422: African Politics and Development
INAF 324: Global Environmental Politics
INAF 497: Emerging Powers in the Global Political Economy
INAF 100: Proseminar- Genocide in the Modern World