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Sub-Saharan Africa

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Created in 2007, the African Studies Center of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) works to address cross-disciplinary issues that the African continent is facing. The Center achieves its mission through quality analyses available in various formats. 

Aimed at renewing interpretative frameworks and nurturing public debate, the Center’s expertise offers helpful tools in policy-making towards Africa. The Center also provides analyses for some key actors in Africa such as the French Ministry of the Armed Forces (Ministère des Armées), the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères), International Crisis Group, the OECD or the World Bank.

Launched in 2008, l’Afrique en questions concerns topics of broad and current interest. In addtion, Policy Papers and Reports published by the Center give deeper analyses. These publications are combined with public events where politicians, academics, companies and civil society can promote dialogue about Africa and share analytical tools.

Be sure to check out Afrique Décryptages, the African Studies Center’s blog, which provides information regarding the Center's activities, publication announcements, conference reports as well as links to our researchers’ public appearances. Afrique Décryptages also works as a forum where researchers are free to share their opinions about topical issues in order to stimulate debates and discussions.

Follow us on Twitter @AfriDecryptages 

Alain ANTIL

Director of Ifri's African Studies Center

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Clélie NALLET

Research Fellow, African Studies Center

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Victor MAGNANI

Project Officer, African Studies Center

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Benjamin AUGE

Associate Research Fellow

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Cyril MUSILA

Associate Research Fellow, African Studies Center

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Mathieu PELLERIN

Associate Research Fellow, African Studies Center

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Thierry VIRCOULON

Associate Resarch Fellow, African Studies Center

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François GAULME

Associate Resarch Fellow, African Studies Center

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The research of the program revolves around the following themes:

(1) Social and economic mutations of Africa

  • The middle-class emergence and its consumption pattern
  • African cities and the urbanization of the continent
  • The competition for land
  • The State evolution and governance issues

(2) Africa in international relations

  • The traditional partners’ African policies (France, United Kingdom…)
  • The emerging partners’ African policies (China, Turkey, Brazil)
  • Governance and geopolitics of the extractive sector

(3) Security matters

  •  Security situation in Sahel
  • Trafficking economies

Consult this page (French only) to get on to our latest publications

24/06/2010
By: Dida BADI

The industrial revolution underwent by Europe in the 18th century has triggered the need for the major colonial powers to find new markets for their manufactured products. It is in this colonial competitive framework that European explorers delivered information about the different access...

18/03/2010

8 % of worldwide gas reserves are located on the African continent. Its relative economic weakness and the almost total absence of gas networks leads to a very reduced interior consumption (almost nonexistent outside Algeria and Egypt) which permits an important export capacity of the...

16/03/2010
By: Marc-Antoine PEROUSE DE MONTCLOS

Sub-Saharan African hopes of democratization raised by the end of the cold war and the decline in the number of single party states are giving way to disillusionment. Today, even countries such as Senegal and South Africa, reputed for their democratic nature, are threatening to veer towards...

28/02/2010

"Hunger riots", a stock phrase used to describe protests at the end of 2007 / beginning 2008 in around thirty countries world-wide, mostly African States, places different phenomena into one group. In this paper, we will focus on the case of Senegal, a country in which "Hunger riots" were...

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...

01/01/2010
By: Charles GREMONT

This contribution consists in analyzing the unifying or opposing relations between the central State-power and the southern part of central-Saharan populations, mainly Arabs and Tuaregs, within the relational framework of colonial and Malian armed forces.

01/01/2010
By: Jean-Luc PEDUZZI

On November 5th 2009, a cocaine-loaded Boeing 727 aircraft arriving from Venezuela was discovered torched and emptied on a makeshift airstrip in the Malian desert (Gao region). The sahel-saharan area is clearly a contact zone between very distant worlds.

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The Sub-Saharan Africa program and its Associate Fellows are accustomed to sharing their expertise with the media. Our experts mainly speak French, but they can also intervene in English. Consult our researchers’ geographic and thematic specialties on their profile. 

 

 

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Find out about Afrique Décryptages, the blog of the Ifri Sub-Saharan Africa program. 
 
http://afriquedecryptages.wordpress.com/
 

This blog is an information space on the program's activities. On these pages you will find our publication announcements, conference reports, as well as web links to our researchers’ lectures in the media. This blog is also a place for the program researchers to express themselves, and you will regularly find their points of view and original analysis on topical subjects in short formats meant to spark debate. 
 
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