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

24 Oca 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 Ara 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
20 Ara 2023
There hasn't been a major ceasefire push since the first few weeks of the war in Sudan … It's been a giant mess. The Economist

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa
21 Eyl 2023
The east [of Sudan] is a powder keg. We just haven’t seen it blow up yet. Al Jazeera

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa
31 May 2023
The concern now is if these Jeddah talks collapse, it confirms more or less that Sudan is basically in freefall into a full civil war. Al Jazeera

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa
3 May 2023
Both sides [fighting in Sudan] have their own reasons for confidence, which is one reason we haven’t gotten to peace talks. Washington Post

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa

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