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Created in 2007, the Africa 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. Launched in 2008, l’Afrique en questions concerns topics of broad and current interest. Policy Papers and Reports published by the Center give deeper analyses.

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, OECD or World Bank.

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

This blog provides information regarding the Center 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.

Alain ANTIL

Researcher and Head of the African Studies Center

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Clélie NALLET

Research fellow at the African Studies Center

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Victor MAGNANI

Project Officer at the African Studies Center

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Benjamin AUGE

Associate Research Fellow

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Mathieu PELLERIN

Associate Fellow at the Sub-Saharan Africa Centre
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François GAULME

Associate Fellow at the Sub-Saharan Africa Centre

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

10/10/2008
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To those who have been watching Africa since independence, including many of the nearly 1 billion Africans, it is a continent of significant shortfall, if not of lost hope. If the two main dimensions of...



17/09/2008
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From Afghanistan to the Central African Republic, through Haiti and Guinea Bissau, 'failed' or fragile states have finally turned out to be much more resilient than planned to the Security Sector Reforms (SSR) and other imported reforms of governance. Their ability to let any reform coming...

16/09/2008
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Since 2005, all continental meetings end on the need to strengthen the African Union’s executive. But the question is: which shape can it take on? Two positions are debated: on one hand, an immediate move to...



01/09/2008
By: Indira CAMPOS, Sylvain TOUATI

Summary: On September 5th 2008, Angolans go to the polls in the first multiparty elections since 1992. These elections happen six years after the end of the civil war and constitute a decisive test for the country's future.

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11/06/2008
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Development aid has progressively penetrated the fields of conflicts and "fragility". It tends to become a key component of external interventions, next to military action and diplomacy. As a result, it is subjected to the final goals of those operations which, beyond the end of confrontations...

10/06/2008
By: Julien KITA

On 28-30th May 2008, the fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) was held in Yokohama. This initiative, co-organized by UN, UNDP and the World Bank, was set up in 1993 and takes place every five years, aims to develop dialogue between African and Japanese leaders...

30/05/2008
By: Alain ANTIL, Sylvain TOUATI

Summary: Last year, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania finally got a legitimate government with Sidi Ould Chiekh Abdellahi's election as president. This first year in power has seen the new authorities taking over burning issues, while the economic crisis and acts of violence by...

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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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