Staff Profile:Peter Woodward



Areas of Interest:
  • Africa
  • Middle East
Research groups / Centres:

Professor Woodward's authored books include Condominium and Sudanese Nationalism, Rex Collings, London, 1979; Sudan 1898-1989: The Unstable State, Lynne Rienner, Boulder, 1989 (In Arabic, Omdurman Ahlia University, Sudan, 2001); Nasser, Longman, London, 1990 , The Horn of Africa: Politics and International Relations, I B Tauris ,London, 1995 (pbk 2003) and US Foreign Policy and the Horn of Africa, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2006.

He was editor of African Affairs, The Journal of the Royal African Society, 1986-97; Sudan since Independence,Gower, London, 1986; Sudan After Nimeiri, Routledge, London, 1990; (with M Forsyth)The Horn of Africa: Federalism and its alternatives, Dartmouth, Aldershot, 1995; British Foreign Office Confidential Print: Africa 1914- University Press of America for Library of Congress, Maryland 1994- (41 vols thus far); Refugee Policy in Sudan 1967-84,unpublished D.Phil (Oxon) by the late Ahmed Karadawi, Berghan Books, Oxford, 1999.

His most recent publication has been 'From CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement) to DPA (Darfur Peace Agreement): "Ripe for Resolution", or Ripe for Dissolution?' in Grawert, E,(ed), After the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan, James Currey, Oxford, 2010, pp232-240. His forthcoming publications include 'Sudan: The Political Economy of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement', (with Atta El-Battahani) in the collection of which Dominik Zaum is co-editor.

He has written chapters in 20 books and numerous articles in:African Affairs, Journal of Modern African Studies, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Political Studies, Third World Quarterly, Sudan Notes and Records, Contemporary Review, Conflict Studies, Democratization, Africa Insight, GeoPolitics, and Roundtable. He is an Editorial board member of African Affairs; British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies; Sudan Studies.

BA (Southampton)
MA (Essex)
PhD (Reading)


Professor Peter Woodward worked for the VSO in Kosti, Sudan from 1966-67 and then became a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Khartoum until 1971 when the joined the Department of Politics at the University of Reading. He was also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Natal, Durban in 1991 and 1993, and at the American University in Cairo in 1999.

Professor Woodward is regularly consulted on African affairs by various branches of government in several countries including the FCO; DFID ; the US House of Representatives sub-committee on Africa; and US State Department. He also contributes to various media outlets, most regularly to the BBC World Service. He acted as Rapporteur for Sudan peace talks at the Carter Center in 1993, Chaired jointly by President Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; and Chaired constitutional talks on Sudan for the International Dialogues Foundation, Durham, 1999.

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