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. 

All my publications

The study and comparison of different National Oil Companies (NOC) help understanding the political history of Algeria, Nigeria and Angola. The NOC’s role and activities depend on several economic and political aspects. For example, Angolan Sonangol has been the coffer for the Popular Movement...


Nigeria has experienced a political changeover due to the presidential and parliamentary elections on 28 March 2015, enabling Muhammadu Buhari – a retired general who was in power between 1983 and 1985...


The position of oil companies toward East Africa has changed considerably since 2006 when the first reserves in Uganda came to light. However, for many investors interested in the region, it remains difficult to get a clear picture of the scale of developments of this sector.


Nigeria is entering a new electoral cycle, holding its sixth general elections since the restoration of civilian rule in 1999. The elections were initially scheduled for February 14 (presidential elections) and 28 (governorship elections), 2015. The first round has now been postponed until...


8 % of worldwide gas reserves are located on the African continent. Its relative economic weakness and the almost total absence of gas networks leads to a very reduced interior consumption (almost nonexistent outside Algeria and Egypt) which permits an important export capacity of the...

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