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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Summary: Following repeated bouts of political violence, which were exacerbated by the presidential and legislative elections of 29 March 2008, opposition members and the government of Zimbabwe undertook lengthy and difficult negotiations to put an end to the unrest. These negotiations...

By: Thierry VIRCOULON, Sylvain TOUATI

Summary: South Africa's president since 1999, Thabo Mbeki was forced to resign before the end of his mandate after he lost the trust of ANC, his own party. This dismissal happens at a time when South Africa's economical and social context becomes confused. (The Text in English is going...

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