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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

07/03/2016

Complementary solutions to national grid extensions let hope for significant improvements in the field of energy access, consistent with current economic and environmental challenges. This Note explores the regulatory and economic prerequisites that must be enhanced in order to support the...

02/03/2016

Movements of African people, being within their countries, on the continent or heading Europe, have numerous and ancient causes. The term “migration” covers a plurality of situations with many internal as well as international implications. Therefore, reasons to migrate deserve a careful...

18/02/2016

Although the United States is less active in Africa than France, their security policies on the continent often have shared objectives and are sometimes pursued jointly. While the urgency of humanitarian crises has been at the centre of foreign interventions...

18/12/2015

Nigeria has experienced a political changeover due to the presidential and parliamentary elections on 28 March 2015, enabling Muhammadu Buhari – a retired general who was in power between 1983 and 1985...

08/12/2015

The international viewpoint on the African continent has profoundly changed in the last decade. Images advertised by the media drifted from afro-pessimism - the sad fate of Africa (wars and poverty) - to afro-optimism - a brighter future for the continent.

01/12/2015
By: Alain GASCON

For a long time, Ethiopia was the only African country to escape colonization, but over recent decades the country has suffered a string of economic crises, a violent revolution, and Eritrea’s secession. The current government launched a massive development plan which is starting to show sign...

09/11/2015
By: Manya RICHE

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently at a key moment in its political history. Careful observation of the changes in the Congolese political landscape is necessary to grasp the nuances, challenges and opportunities, with regard to a peaceful political changeover which is a...

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