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Thierry VIRCOULON

Associate Research Fellow,Sub-Saharan 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 has been a Research Fellow at Ifri since 2006. He 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 level 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.
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20/07/2015
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...

01/11/2014
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...

22/10/2012
By: Thierry VIRCOULON, Florence LIEGEOIS

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 32 years of dictatorship and almost ten years of war have bled the country dry and left its administration incapable of providing the population with basic services and the government incapable of applying or even formulating public policy.

26/02/2010
By: Thierry VIRCOULON, Florence LIEGEOIS

Following the conflict in Ituri (1999-2003), the International Community deployed different peacebuilding programs in this north-eastern district of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Built around a concept of democratic transition at the national level, these programs have not always...

24/04/2009
By: Thierry VIRCOULON, Thomas PATRIOTA

Summary: Following repeated bouts of political violence, which were exacerbated by the presidential and legislative elections of 29 March 2008, opposition members and the government of Zimbabwe undertook lengthy and difficult negotiations to put an end to the unrest. These negotiations...

04/11/2008
By: Thierry VIRCOULON, Sylvain TOUATI

Summary: South Africa's president since 1999, Thabo Mbeki was forced to resign before the end of his mandate after he lost the trust of ANC, his own party. This dismissal happens at a time when South Africa's economical and social context becomes confused. (The Text in English is going...

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