Associate Research Fellow, Sub-Saharan Africa Center

Research Interests:

  • Lake Tchad, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Madagascar
  • Safety, country risk
  • Corporate Social Responsabilty


Mathieu Pellerin is an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri's Sub-Saharan Africa Center. His research focuses since 2010 on Sahel (Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso), Lake Tchad and Madagascar. 

Since 2015, Mathieu Pellerin is Special Adviser in charge of the intra-Islamic Dialogue for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and international consultant for public and private organizations (World Bank, European Union, NGOs, etc.). He is also editor-in-chief of Sécurité & Stratégie review.

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Since 2012, the proliferation of jihadist groups across the Sahel has monopolized the attention of the authorities.forced by the threats they represent and the weakening of their regal power, states are gradually withdrawing from their peripheral rural territories. As a result, populations...


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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