Alan Boswell

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa
Nairobi

Crisis Group Role

As Crisis Group’s Project Director for the Horn of Africa, Alan oversees the organisation’s work on Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and regional dynamics. He also hosts Crisis Group’s The Horn podcast since its launch in 2019.

Professional Background

Alan has worked for over a decade in East Africa. Prior to joining Crisis Group as Senior Analyst for South Sudan in 2018, he served as a formal adviser and researcher for a number of organisations, including the United Nations, USAID, U.S. Institute of Peace, European Institute of Peace, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Friedrich Egbert Stiftung and World Peace Foundation. He also published conflict research through the Small Arms Survey and was an associate of the Conflict Research Programme at the London School of Economics. Alan started his career as a journalist based in Juba, where he covered Sudan’s split into two countries. He then reported in countries across the continent as the Nairobi-based Africa correspondent for McClatchy newspapers and as a correspondent for Time magazine. He has also written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic.

Select Publications

In The News

9 Юли 2024
The big question many have is if [Ethiopian Prime Minister] Abiy Ahmed could position himself as a mediator between [Sudan's army chief] Burhan and the UAE. Reuters

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa
28 Май 2024
You can’t help but watch the level of focus on … Gaza and Ukraine and wonder what just 5 percent of that energy could have done in a context like Sudan. Foreign Policy

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa
9 Май 2024
The Sudanese have basically been forgotten, obviously there’s the war in Gaza which has taken a lot of attention. Al Jazeera

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa
16 Апр. 2024
A big part of the problem has been the Sudanese army side of the war essentially blocking food relief into areas they don't control. CBS News

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa
24 Ян. 2024
Regaining an ally in Sudan, especially along the Red Sea, would be a major win for Iran but will spook other regional and Western powers. Al Arabiya

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa
20 Дек. 2023
The [Sudanese] army has never had to fight a war like this before and has shown itself not fit for purpose. The New York Times

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa

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