Associate Resarch Fellow, African Studies Center

Research interests: 

  • Security Sector Reform
  • Governance
  • China and Africa
  • Democratic Republic of Congo, Great Lakes Region, South Africa, Zimbabwe


Thierry Vircoulon is an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri's African Studies Center since January 2009. He is currently based in Nairobi where serves as the Director of the Central Africa Project for International Crisis Group.

Thierry Vircoulon is a graduate from the National School of Administration (Ecole Nationale d'administration - ENA), the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris) and Sorbonne University. He has previously worked for the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangèresand the European Commission, notably in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a member of various research networks and part of the OECD group of experts on statebuilding and peacebuilding.


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By: Thierry VIRCOULON, Victoria MADONNA

For the new geopolitical reality called “Chinafrica”, the future may not be destined to be as radiant as the official win-win rhetoric would have us believe. Although the beginning of the century was notable for the exponential development of Sino-African trade (which grew from $10&nbsp...

By: Dominique LECOMPTE, Thierry VIRCOULON

In the course of its institutional development and the expansion of its activities, the European Union (EU) has tended to pile up rather than to rationalize its policies, creating a financial tool per objective. As a result, the European funds have become a labyrinth, for which management...

By: Thierry VIRCOULON, Florence LIEGEOIS

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 32 years of dictatorship and almost ten years of war have bled the country dry and left its administration incapable of providing the population with basic services and the government incapable of applying or even formulating public policy.

By: Thierry VIRCOULON, Florence LIEGEOIS

Following the conflict in Ituri (1999-2003), the International Community deployed different peacebuilding programs in this north-eastern district of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Built around a concept of democratic transition at the national level, these programs have not always...

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