François GAULME

Associate Research Fellow, Sub-Saharan Africa Center

Research Interests: 

  • France’s and UK’s African policy
  • Security and Development; integrated approach
  • International aid mechanisms 
  • Historical anthropology
  • Gabon, Congo- Brazzaville, Central and Western Africa 


François Gaulme, an anthropologist and historian by training, is an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri’s Sub-Saharan Africa Center. A former Editor of the weekly Marchés tropicaux and the quarterly Afrique contemporaine, he lectured on Africa at the Institut d’études politiques, at the Catholic University of Paris, and at the Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan National Military Academy.

He recently retired from service at the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he specialized in situations of conflicts and of State fragility. His publications include Le Gabon et son ombre [Gabon and its Shadow] (Paris, Karthala, 1988).

All my publications

Both perpetrators and forms of violence change. States are no longer the central referents of contemporary conflicts. We can no longer understand them as the outcome of a linear history starting from tribal societies and leading to Western political structures.

All my medias