Research Fellow, Director of Ifri's Sub-Sahara Africa Center
- Mauritania, Sahel, West Africa
- Social and political issues
- Security and terrorism, traffics
Alain Antil is a Research Fellow and the Director of Ifri's Sub-Sahara Africa Center. He also teaches at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Lille and at the Institut Supérieur Technique Outre-Mer (ISTOM).
Alain Antil gained his PhD in political geography at the University of Rouen. Prior to this, he was an 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 taught at the University of Rouen and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines.
Political Transition in Mauritania : Results and Prospects Brussels : Cairo, ICG (International Crisis Group), April 24, 2006. - 28 p. (Middle East / North Africa Report, No. 53)
On 3 August 2005, a junta led by Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, director-general of the Sûreté National, and Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, commander of the presidential security battalion, seized power in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The coup, which responded to the growing unpopularity and...
Islamism in North Africa: The Islamist Challenge in Mauritania: Threat or Scapegoat? Brussels : Cairo : ICG, International Crisis Group ; 11 May 2005. - 35 p. (Middle East/North Africa Report, No. 41)
Disregarded by the media and international community, Mauritania is nonetheless experiencing a period of increasing instability. Evidence abounds and includes failed military coups, creation of a rebel movement, Foursan Taghyir ("The Knights of Change"), discovery of weapons caches in...
Managing pluralist elections in an "imposed" democracy. The example of the October 2001 elections in Mauritania Alain Antil, L'Ouest Saharien, No. 4, 2004, p. 91-111
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....
The Missing Link. The Nouakchott-Nouadhibou Route, the Last Trans-Saharan Stretch Tanger-Dakar Alain Antil, Afrique Contemporaine, n° 209, février 2004.
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...
Elections, political innovations and African elite non renewal : Djiboutian and Mauritanian examples Alain Antil, Espaces, Populations, Sociétés, n° 2003-3, pp. 529-535.
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...