On 24 August 2011, President Idriss Déby Itno of Chad recognised the National Transitional Council (NTC) as the only legitimate authority in Libya. Until then, the Chadian president had been a firm ally of the Guide of the Great Jahamiriya, President Qaddafi of Libya. Déby had sustained his...
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.
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
France and the Fight against Terrorism in the Sahel: The History of a Difficult Leadership Role Notes de l'Ifri, juin 2013
Except for its extreme poverty and the disastrous effects of a series of droughts, the Sahel region has been largely out of the spotlight of international attention in the past. Yet the rise of terrorism and especially the creation of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in 2007 brought the...
A Class Defined "by Consumption": The Grocery-Shopping Practices of the Lower-Middle Classes in Johannesburg, South Africa Notes de l'Ifri, April 2013
The black middle class in Johannesburg is a much debated but ill-defined phenomenon, treated more often by economic players than by social scientists. Far from static and clear, the concept of the middle class is for us relevant insofar as it reveals crucial dynamics of the society.
The intervention in Mali: Weimar Triangle Analyses: French, Polish and German viewpoints on European questions Actuelles de l'Ifri, mars 2013
On an initiative of the German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP), the Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and the Polish...
Besides the ongoing political conundrum in Mali, it is the entire West African region, from Guinea Bissau to Mali, which is under threat of destabilization. Indeed, for many years now, terrorists and drugs traffickers have been synergizing their respective illegal activities, transforming the...
How to Create a Public Policy in a Failed State: The Challenge of Securing Land Rights in Eastern Congo Notes de l'Ifri, October 2012
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 32 years of dictatorship and almost ten years of war have bled the country dry and left its administration incapable of providing the population with basic services and the government incapable of applying or even formulating public policy.
Quand les embouteillages " créent " la ville - L'influence de la congestion sur la structure et l'économie urbaines à Accra (Ghana) Note de l'Ifri, octobre 2012
Les embouteillages se sont développés rapidement dans les villes africaines et deviennent un problème majeur. Ainsi, en limitant la mobilité des biens et des personnes, ils ralentissent la croissance économique. Leur influence est cependant plus profonde. D"une part, en rendant certaines...
The multifaceted crisis in Mali, which has effectively led to state collapse and split the country in two, has drawn international attention to Algeria’s role in the stability of the Sahel. One might expect Algeria, as the region’s preeminent military power, and one that has sought to position...
A Victorious Anti-insurrection Strategy? The Insurrections of 2010 in the Jonglei State of South Sudan Notes de l'Ifri, March 2012
On May 16 2010, a few weeks after its first elections, the government of the semi-autonomous province of South Sudan (GoSS) had to confront two rebellions in the Jonglei Province. South Sudan may appear unified behind the banner of the SPLM/A, but in fact it is nothing of the kind.
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.
Find out about Afrique Décryptages, the blog of the Ifri Sub-Saharan Africa program.
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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