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 has been an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri since June 2010. He holds a PhD in geography from the French Institute of Geopolitics (University of Paris 8) and is also the editor-in-chief of the newsletter Africa Energy Intelligence (Indigo Publications Group). He teaches the Geopolitics of oil and gas in Africa and the specific cooperation between Gulf countries and Africa within HEC Executive masters. He is also a guest lecturer at the Netherlands Diplomatic Academy (Clingendael).

His research focuses on the governance of the oil and gas sector in African countries. He is particularly interested in conflicts between different actors (local, national, international) for the control of oil areas as well as border disputes related to oil and gas fields. Benjamin Augé also works on the relations between the African continent and some other external powers (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Cuba and Israel) and on the African Union issues. 

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Voter turnout for Nigeria's presidential elections in February-March 2023 has never been so low since the country's return to democracy in 1999. Nigeria's new president, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, must now reassure voters that Africa's leading economy is capable of putting the lie to a persistent...

By: Benjamin AUGE, Félicité DJILO

The election of the Commission to run the African Union (AU) on February 6 and 7, 2021 was an important step towards implementing its institutional reform. The Commission is the institution’s real government, setting the pan-African organization’s objectives under the leadership of the Heads...


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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