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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

23/02/2018
By: Mathias de ALENCASTRO

In a matter of months, Luanda politics became unrecognizable. The reasons why, and the ways in which, João Lourenço, President of Angola since september 2017, proceeded to these substantial and unexpected changes will be analyzed in detail in the pages that follow. 

19/02/2018

In September 2015, Addis Ababa introduced the first Light Rail Transit system (LRT) in sub-Saharan Africa. This tram, a symbol of Ethiopian renewal, was nevertheless barely used by the capital’s residents during the first few months. However, at the time of our research trip in April 2017,...

20/12/2017

For about 20 years, security sector reform (SSR) has emerged as an essential tool for crisis recovery and reconstructing weak and failed states at the heart of the security-development continuum. It is time to take stock of the lessons learnt about SSR and to offer an analysis of good...

15/12/2017
By: Nicolas PONS-VIGNON

The President, Jacob Zuma, replaced his respected Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, on the 30th March 2017. It was the second attempt in two years (this time successful) to put an official in this key position who is "acquiescent" to the president's projects.

06/12/2017
By: Alfredo Tjiurimo HENGARI

Between 15-21 November 2017, a day short of one week, Africa’s second longest-serving leader, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was forced out of office through a spectacular coup d’État. The collapse of Mugabe is hardly surprising, with the country having experienced close to two decades of...

02/11/2017

In the week following Trump’s election, Ifri published a study to identify the likely changes in U.S. foreign policy. From the outset, this election appeared as a change in the U.S.’ trajectory, with consequences on the power relations and functioning of the international system.

17/10/2017
By: Vittoria MORETTI

The aim of this paper is to assess how an African country deals on the long run with the decline of international aid and foreign direct investment. This paper is a contribution to the debate about the effectiveness of the international sanctions system.

27/09/2017

The study and comparison of different National Oil Companies (NOC) help understanding the political history of Algeria, Nigeria and Angola. The NOC’s role and activities depend on several economic and political aspects. For example, Angolan Sonangol has been the coffer for the Popular Movement...

11/09/2017
By: Eleonora DOBLES PERRIARD

Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, is driven by fascinating urban dynamics. The country’s institutional setting is influenced by the legacies of the different political regimes of the last 50 years, which have left visible traces on the urban fabric.

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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