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Founded in 2007, the African Studies Center of the French Institute of International Relations - Ifri works to address the 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 for policy-makers in 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 covers topics of broad and current interest. In addition, the Policy Papers and Reports published by the Center provide more comprehensive analyses. These publications are combined with public events where politicians, academics, companies and civil society can promote dialogue about Africa and share analytical tools.

Afrique Décryptages, the African Studies Center’s blog, provides information regarding the Center's activities, publication announcements, conference reports, and links to the Center's research fellows’ public appearances. Afrique Décryptages also works as a forum where the research fellows share their opinions about topical issues and stimulate debates and discussions.

Follow us on Twitter @AfriDecryptages 

Alain ANTIL

Director of Ifri's African Studies Center

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Victor MAGNANI

Project Officer, African Studies Center

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Sina SCHLIMMER

Research Fellow, Ifri's African Studies Center 

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Benjamin AUGE

Associate Research Fellow, Africa Studies Center / Center for Energy and Climate

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François GAULME

Associate Resarch 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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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...

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. 

05/01/2017
By: Vittoria MORETTI

The descent into the morass of failure seems relentless for a country that used to be, at the aftermath of its independence in 1980, the “jewel in Africa” to be carefully preserved, as former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere advised an acclaimed Mugabe ascending into power.

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”....

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...

05
Nov
2009
Thursday 05 November 2009
from 16:00 to 19:00 - Ifri Conferences

Seminar around Guy Rossatanga-Rignault, professor, University of Libreville, Roland Pourtier, professor, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Douglas Yates, professor, American University of Paris. Chairman: François Gaulme

05
Nov
2009
Thursday 05 November 2009
from 15:00 to 18:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Seminar around Guy Rossatanga-Rignault, professor, University of Libreville, Roland Pourtier, professor, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Douglas Yates, professor, American University of Paris.

25
Sep
2009
Friday 25 September 2009
from 14:30 to 17:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

First seminar of the cycle "Ivory Coast", organized in partnership with Cogid (General Coordination of Ivorians from the Diaspora) with Christian Bouquet, Professor, University Michel de Montaigne (Bordeaux 3), Massaër Diallo, Head of Unit, Governance,...

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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