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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

31/07/2017

If some African countries are on their way to achieving dynamic economic growth, many are also still struggling with a lack of economic and social infrastructure, latent governance issues and often complex and risky security environments. In this context, both Japan and European countries,...

31/07/2017
By: Hlawulani MKHABELA

What is the political significance of Southern Africa’s “hashtag movements”, socio-political campaigns using social media to disseminate information and to mobilise concerned and previously quiet segments of the public? 

04/05/2017
By: Stephanie REGALIA

2016 proved to be a most challenging year for Mozambique. Small-scale conflict, which started reappearing between the government and the opposition party, the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), in 2013, intensified over the course of the year, whilst peace negotiations stalled.&nbsp...

05/04/2017

For many observers, a change in perception of the African continent occurred in the 2010s. Attention has focused on the relatively high rates of economic growth and a high population growth associated with urban expansion; both indicators interpreted as promises of economic “emergence” leading...

31/03/2017

France’s current presidential campaign has created an unprecedented situation fuelled by revelations and a total absence of restraint, but it has not truly taken account of the disruptions of the last year: Brexit, the attempted coup in Turkey, the election of Donald Trump, the recapturing of...

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...

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. 
 
Follow us on Twitter @AfriDecryptages