Associate Research Fellow, Sub-Saharan Africa Center and Turkey/Middle East Program

Research interests:

  • Türkiye
  • Horn of Africa
  • Red Sea
  • Middle East-Africa relations, Turkey-Africa relations
Since May 2023, Elisa Domingues dos Santos is an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri's Turkey and Middle East Program and Sub-Saharan Africa Center. After two years as a project manager for these two units, she is now doing a PhD in political science at the Université catholique de Lille and is attached to the C3RD and ETHICS laboratories. She is also an associate researcher at the Institut Français des Etudes Anatoliennes (Ifea) in Istanbul.
Her research focuses on the relations between Turkey and sub-Saharan Africa. She is a regular contributor to Ifri's Turkey 2050 program.
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While the May 2023 parliamentary and presidential elections looked as a difficult test for the flagging Islamo-conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP), they eventually held on to power, demonstrating their remarkable foothold in the Turkish context. The party notably recorded...


Since the launch of the Opening Plan to Africa in 2003, Turkey's African policy has spread to the whole of the African continent, where its involvement is distinguished by its scope and diversity.


The bilateral defense agreement signed by France and Greece in September 2021 confirms the strategic turn of the relationship between the two countries. It was already unveiled in 2020 when Paris supported Athens to counter Turkish maritime operations that France and Greece considered very...

By: Jean-Pierre CABESTAN, Elisa DOMINGUES DOS SANTOS, Zhao Alexandre HUANG, Philippe LE BILLON, Thierry VIRCOULON

China and Africa have enjoyed a strong relationship since the wave of African independences in the 1960s. Nevertheless, relations between China and Africa have significantly expanded since the late 1990s and have been fueled by a growing discourse centered on a “win-win” partnership between...

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