Associate Resarch Fellow, African Studies Center
- Security Sector Reform
- 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 étrangères) and 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.
Will There Be an Authoritarian Resurgence in Africa? Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 2, Summer 2019
Elections are held on a regular basis in various African countries, but democracy is far from flourishing.
"Post-Conflict" Democratization in Central Africa: An Anatomy of Failure Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 2, Summer 2019
To create a political shift that draws a line under conflict once and for all, it is not always enough to draft a democratic constitution and call elections.
Reflections on 17 years of UN presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo Note de l'Ifri, April 2016
Since 2013 and the victory of the Congolese armed forces and the United Nations over the last serious threat against the regime - the 23 March (M23) movement-, the question of the relevance of the UN presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is raised again.
Since achieving independence in 1962, Burundi has experienced several episodes of civil war, the last of which came to end when the Arusha Accord was signed in 2000. The gradual return to peace in the wake of the Arusha Accord has been jeopardised by Pierre Nkurunziza’s announcement on 25th...
Regionalizing Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea: A Short-term Solution Politique étrangère, Vol. 80, No. 3, Autumn 2015
Piracy and armed robbery at sea are a threat to security in the hydrocarbon-rich Gulf of Guinea.
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 ...
Thinking and Anticipating the Socio-Economic Impacts of the Humanitarian Response in the Central African Republic Notes de l'Ifri, July 2015
Nowadays, the Central African Republic (CAR) is a country dependent on international aid.
The European Union's Development Aid : from Development to Security, the Example of the European Development Fund
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...
How to Create a Public Policy in a Failed State: The Challenge of Securing Land Rights in Eastern Congo Notes de l'Ifri, October 2012
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.
Violence in the Bush: How International Peacebuilding Faces Land-use Conflicts Notes de l'Ifri, February 2010
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...
Russia and China are muscling their way into the Central African Republic as Western clout in the mineral-rich, strategically important nation seems to wane, analysts say.
It's a watershed moment for South Africa and the party of Nelson Mandela. The leadership of the African National Congress is expected to force out Jacob Zuma. Will the president go quietly? Can he negotiate a deal in the face of long-looming corruption allegations?