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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

17/01/2017
By: Hlawulani MKHABELA

October 2016 presented a grim test for the fourteen-year-old International Criminal Court (ICC) as three Sub-Saharan African countries, Burundi, South Africa and Gambia announced their decision to opt out of the international judicial body. 

08/11/2016
By: Hlawulani MKHABELA

The South African political landscape experienced a shock from an unlikely source; the country’s local government elections on August 3, 2016 representing the last tier of government and often overlooked in favour of national and provincial polls. 

28/10/2016
By: Jean-Nicolas BACH

Up until recently, little attention has been paid to the crisis which the Ethiopian regime has nonetheless been sinking into for more than two years. The rare spotlights focused on this country have praised its economic performance, describing it as a new “Far East” or even an “African lion”....

25/05/2016
By: Anna FICHTMÜLLER

In January 2016, the Kenyan supermarket chain Uchumi has filed bankruptcy for its Ugandan subsidiaries, due to perpetual losses. And they are not alone: companies like Nestlé, Coca Cola or Barclays are slowly pulling out of Africa and recent reports – such as the

03/05/2016

The Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, was elected in 2009. The architect of two successful coups: in 2005 against President Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya, and in 2008 against President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdellahi, nowadays he is in his second and last term of office according to the...

16
Apr
2010
Friday 16 April 2010
from 09:00 to 11:00 - Ifri Conferences

On the 10th of May, controversial Jacob Zuma will celebrate his first year as President of the Republic of South Africa; position where many analysts did not think he would fit the job. What is the situation one year later? While he claims to be in Nelson Mandela's tradition, Marianne Séverin...

02
Apr
2010
Friday 02 April 2010
from 09:30 to 11:00 - Ifri Conferences

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. Most of the African states are now ruled by regimes that are neither military juntas nor parliamentary democracies. Despite...

16
Mar
2010
Tuesday 16 March 2010
from 17:30 to 19:30 - Ifri Conferences

With the participation of Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist of the Africa Region at the World Bank, Jorge Saba Arbache,Director, Africa Development Indicators Project, Jean-Marc Gravellini, Director of AFD's  Africa department, Philippe Montigny, Président ETHIC Intelligence International...

16
Mar
2010
Tuesday 16 March 2010
from 16:30 to 18:30 - Ifri Conferences

With the participation of Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist of the Africa Region at the World Bank, Jorge Saba Arbache,Director, Africa Development Indicators Project, Jean-Marc Gravellini, Director of AFD's Africa department,

13
Jan
2010
Wednesday 13 January 2010
from 17:30 to 19:30 - Ifri Conferences

Sub-Saharan Africa produces 7,1% of total world production, mostly in the Gulf of Guinea. New discoveries have taken place during the past few years, notably in Ghana, Ivory Coast and the the Great Lakes region. However, quality of governance, corruptio, income distribution, and corporate...

13
Jan
2010
Wednesday 13 January 2010
from 16:30 to 18:30 - Ifri Conferences

Sub-Saharan Africa produces 7,1% of total world production, mostly in the Gulf of Guinea. New discoveries have taken place during the past few years, notably in Ghana, Ivory Coast and the the Great Lakes region. However, quality of governance, corruptio, income distribution, and corporate...

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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