Associate Research Fellow
- Oil, gas, electrity
- Oil and gas border conflicts
- Countries: Nigeria, Sudan, Mauritania, Angola, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, South Africa
Benjamin Augé has been an Associate Fellow within our program since June 2010. He obtained his Phd in geography from the French Institute of Geopolitics (University of Paris 8), he is otherwise Chief Editor of Africa Energy Intelligence, a newsletter focused on Energy issues in Africa. He is also a guest speaker at the French War College, HEC, Sciences-Po Paris and the École nationale d'administration (National school of administration - ENA).
His research focuses on the economic and political management of the hydrocarbons and electrical sectors in African states. Benjamin Augé takes a particular interest in conflicts between different stakeholders (local, national, and international) for the control of oil zones, as well as in the border disputes linked to shared oil and gas basins. In addition to Nigeria, Angola, Gabon and the Republic of Congo, he studies in particular new and future African hydrocarbon producers such as Sudan, Chad, Mauritania, Uganda, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania. His PhD thesis focused on oil production in conflict areas notably in the Great Lakes and East Africa region.
Recent offshore gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean, primarily in Egypt as well as in Israel, but also around Cyprus, are dramatically changing these countries' energy perspectives and economies, and also influence geopolitical balances in the region.
The 2016 Failed Coup in Turkey: What Is the Impact on Turkish-African Relations? Notes de l'Ifri, June 2018
The July 2016 failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government not only resulted in a dramatic upheaval in Turkey, it also had a significant impact on the structure of its international relations and its networks of influence abroad.
Oil Exploration and Production in Africa since 2014. Evolution of the Key Players and their Strategies Notes de l'Ifri, May 2018
The fall in oil prices, which began in fall 2014, had a significant influence on the strategies of the key players in the oil industry in Africa.
The study and comparison of different National Oil Companies (NOC) help understanding the political history of Algeria, Nigeria and Angola. The NOC’s role and activities depend on several economic and political aspects. For example, Angolan Sonangol has been the coffer for the Popular Movement...
Diplomatic Relations between Qatar and Sub-Saharan Africa. An Evolving Affair Note de l'Ifri, August 2016
In the space of 20 years, under the leadership of the former Emir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, in power between 1995 and 2013, Qatar became a country which matters due to its status, obtained in 2006, as the leading world producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The recent discovery of the giant Zohr's gas field will drastically change the energy future of Egypt, which is today increasingly dependent on imports to meet its growing domestic demand.
Nigeria has experienced a political changeover due to the presidential and parliamentary elections on 28 March 2015, enabling Muhammadu Buhari – a retired general who was in power between 1983 and 1985 – to return to office....
Nigeria's 2015 Presidential Election: Deciphering a High-risk Operation Africa in Questions No. 19, Actuelle de l'Ifri, march 2015
Nigeria is entering a new electoral cycle, holding its sixth general elections since the restoration of civilian rule in 1999. The elections were initially scheduled for February 14 (presidential elections) and 28 (governorship elections), 2015. The first round has now been...
Oil and Gas in Eastern Africa: Current Developments and Future Perspectives Note de l'Ifri, March 2015
The position of oil companies toward East Africa has changed considerably since 2006 when the first reserves in Uganda came to light. However, for many investors interested in the region, it remains difficult to get a clear picture of the scale of developments of this sector...
Since oil was discovered in Uganda in 2006, East Africa has been an arena for a race in the exploration for hydro-carbons. Yet the oil reserves in Uganda, the more recent and modest ones in Kenya and the few pockets of gas in Ethiopia are on a completely different scale from the enormous gas...