Associate Research Fellow, Sub-Saharan Africa Center

Research Interests:

  • Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Libya, Mauritania, Ghana
  • Safety, country risk
  • Corporate Social Responsabilty
  • Sino-African Relations



Mathieu Pellerin is an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri's Sub-Saharan Africa Center and the Manager of the CISCA company (Centre d’Intelligence Stratégique sur le Continent Africain). He provides analyses on country risk, geostrategy, and economic intelligence over the African continent for major firms as well as for French and international institutions. He mostly focuses on Sahel (Mali, Niger, Libya, and Mauritania), Madagascar, and Ghana and on cross-disciplinary dynamics: counterterrorism, geopolitics of conflicts, dynamics of Sino-African relations and the issue of corporate social responsibility (CSR). He is also editor-in-chief of Sécurité & Stratégie review.

Graduated with a Masters in Economic Intelligence from IRIS and a Masters in African Studies from University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, he has acquired experiences with an economic intelligence agency based in Paris (Risk& Co), the Africa department of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères), the energy company Total, and within the NGO Green, based in Madagascar. 

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Often described as an “ungoverned area”, the Niger-Libya border is nevertheless at the centre of major economic, political and security challenges. Both the Libyan authorities and the Nigerien state are struggling to establish tight control over this particularly isolated area. 


Summary: The scale of the violence which has hit Madagascar has taken many commentators by surprise. However, early warning signs were visible over the last few months. The origin of this crisis can be linked to President Ravalomanana's management of political, economic and social...

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