Associate Resarch Fellow,Sub-Sahara Africa Center

Research Interests: 

  • Risk and conflict analysis
  • Security sector reform
  • Governance of natural resources
  • Central Africa, Southern Africa, Great Lakes region
  • Relations between China and Africa


An Independent consultant, Thierry Vircoulon coordinates Ifri's Observatory of Central and Southern Africa and collaborates with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (South Africa). For 20 years, his work has focused on conflicts, security and governance issues in Africa. He is the author of several books on South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A graduate of the National School of Administration (Ecole Nationale d'administration - ENA) and Sorbonne University, Thierry Vircoulon has taught a Master's course on security issues in Sub-Saharan Africa at the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences-Po). He has worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission on the African continent, particularly in South Africa, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
All my publications
By: Thierry VIRCOULON, Henri-Paul MAGLOIRE

Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the passing of  President Pierre Nkurunziza on June 8, 2020, the election cycle (presidential, legislative, senatorial, communal and hillside elections) have been upheld and went smoothly. Not only has the ruling party, the National Council for...

By: Thierry VIRCOULON, Victoria MADONNA

For the new geopolitical reality called “Chinafrica”, the future may not be destined to be as radiant as the official win-win rhetoric would have us believe. Although the beginning of the century was notable for the exponential development of Sino-African trade (which grew from $10&nbsp...

By: Dominique LECOMPTE, Thierry VIRCOULON

In the course of its institutional development and the expansion of its activities, the European Union (EU) has tended to pile up rather than to rationalize its policies, creating a financial tool per objective. As a result, the European funds have become a labyrinth, for which management...

All my medias