Benjamin AUGE

Associate Research Fellow, Sub-Saharan Africa Center / Center for Energy and Climate

Research Interests:

  • Oil, gas, governance
  • Hydrocarbon exploitation in transboundary and disputed areas
  • African diplomacies and relations between Africa and the Arab world
  • Algeria, Nigeria, Mauritania, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mozambique


Benjamin Augé is an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri since June 2010. He is a PhD graduate 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 oil & gas issues in Africa. He teaches oil and gas geopolitics at the University of Nouakchott in Mauritania and at the Instituto Nacional de Relacoes Internationais (ISRI) in Mozambique. He is also a guest speaker at the diplomatic academy of Netherlands (Clingendael). 

His research focuses on the political management of the hydrocarbons in African states. Benjamin Augé covers 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. Benjamin Augé also works on the relations between the African continent and external partners (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Cuba and Israel).

All my publications

The sharp rebound in oil prices since the second half of 2020, to nearly $70 per barrel in May 2021, represents only a temporary respite for oil-dependent African economies that must change their economic model very quickly.


Whereas the strong ties between France and its former colonies in Africa have been studied extensively, the relationships between Portugal and Lusophone Africa have attracted less attention. This editorial offers insights into the political, economic, and diplomatic interactions between Lisbon...


The vast gas discoveries in Mozambique, some 160 trillion cubic feet (4,530 billion cubic meters), will make this very poor country (6th lowest gross national income (GNI) per capita – the lowest in Africa) one of the world’s future major producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) within two...

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