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Tim Allen, Alex de Waal, and Mareike Schomerus

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About the authors, department and programme

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Relevant research

Allen,Tim. (2006) Trial Justice: the International Criminal Court and the Lord’s Resistance Army, Zed Books.

Allen, Tim, and Koen Vlassenroot (eds.) (2010) The Lord's Resistance Army: Myth and Reality, London: Zed Books.

De Waal, Alex, (ed.) (2007) War in Darfur and the Search for Peace, Harvard University Press.

De Waal, Alex (2013) ‘The Theory and Practice of Meles Zenawi’, African Affairs, 112/446, 148-155.

De Waal, Alex (2009) ‘Mission without End? Peacekeeping in the African Political Marketplace,’ International Affairs, Jan. 2009

Schomerus, Mareike. (2012) ""They Forget What They Came For": Uganda's Army in Sudan." Journal of Eastern African Studies 6, no. 1.

Schomerus, Mareike (2012) Even eating you can bite your tongue: dynamics and challenges of the Juba peace talks with the Lord’s Resistance Army. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Runner-up for the Cedric Smith Prize 2014.


Evidence of impact

Media appearances by the researchers included BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, PBS, Al-Jazeera, Sky News, Radio France International, Voice of America, CNN, Deutsche Welle (English and German language service), National Public Radio (USA) and Australian Broadcasting (ABC).

Public appearances included lectures, talks and discussions at international universities and public events (such as the Frontline Club, Columbia University, Tufts University). Requests for presentations also came from schools since the release of the Kony2012 on Youtube.

Schomerus’s interview with Joseph Kony (published and discussed in Allen and Vlassenroot 2010) has remained the only major recorded discussion with Joseph Kony. The interview was broadcast on BBC’s Newsnight in a controversially edited form. Schomerus’ critique of media coverage of the LRA was widely discussed on Twitter and the internet during the Kony 2012 campaign.

Schomerus wrote an editorial for CNN. com called "How Not to Change the World: Kony 2012”, dated March 10, 2012, which was subsequently translated into Spanish:

Allen’s Trial Justice sold around 7,000 copies, was very widely reviewed, and was described as a “seminal work”. It was also much discussed and debated in the Ugandan media, including in the main national newspapers, e.g.:

Allen and Vlassenroot, The Lord’s Resistance Army: Myth and Reality (2010) was described by The Times Literary Supplement as “[a] fascinating and revealing collection of articles... provides ample and comprehensive insights into the tragic and unending saga that is the LRA." In reviewing the available literature on the LRA, it was assessed to be the top choice by The Christian Science Monitor (

Work by the researchers on the LRA was cited by one of the most prominent development blogs (Chris Blattman) as one of the few things one should be reading about the LRA:  

President Carter has been quoted in media interviews, highlighting the specific findings of the research (most notably in an interview with Reuters on January 9, 2011, after a briefing with Schomerus)

Relevant video and audio

Mareike Schomerus on ‘Kony 2012 and the future of activism’, Al Jazeera, 11 March 2012:

Alex de Waal lecture on ‘Lessons we need to learn’, Juba, 14 April 2014:

Alex de Waal on ‘The crisis in Darfur’, published by the Frontline Club, 22 January 2013:

Alex de Waal on ‘The ongoing conflict in Sudan’, 31 May 2012:

Gearty Grilling with Tim Allen on ‘disruptive anthropology’, 19 March 2015:

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