Researcher and Head of the African Studies Center

Expertise :

  • Mauritania, Sahel, West Africa
  • Social and political issues
  • Security and terrorism, traffics

Alain Antil is a researcher and head of African Studies Center at Ifri. He teaches at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Lille and at the Institut Supérieur Technique Outre-Mer (ISTOM).

He obtained his PhD in political geography at the University of Rouen. Prior to that he was associate researcher at the Laboratoire d’Etude du Développement des Régions Arides, collaborated for the International Crisis Group and regularly contributed to the revue Sciences Humaines. He was a teacher at the University of Rouen and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines.


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In sub-Saharan Africa, exogenous – and particularly western – forms of political action and structure, like the nation-state or the political representatives through universal suffrage, have become grafted on the societies with their own forms of political expression and production of power....


AbstractA road is to be built between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou before 2007, to complete the Trans-Saharan axis linking Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal. As a consequence of strengthening the nation’s two major economic poles, this road might further increase a geographical...


AbstractNow, elections are present everywhere in Africa, but only few countries really change their leaders by the polls. Almost, the first role of the elections is the legitimatization of the autocrats. It is more interesting to analyze how election takes place in the local political field...

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