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
Beyond Racial Dynamics in the South African Political Space, The Constrained Ambition of the Democratic Alliance Lesedi n° 13, December 2011
Since 1994 and the first democratic elections, the ANC has been dominating the South African political scene, although this should not hide the...
Brasil, a new partner for Africa. Brasil/Africa relations under Lula's governments (2003-2010) Les Études, Paris/Ifri, September 2011
Cette étude examine les caractéristiques du rapprochement du Brésil avec l"Afrique dans le contexte de son affirmation sur la scène internationale à travers trois axes : une évaluation quantitative et qualitative des relations actuelles, après un court historique des relations passées ; une...
L'aide internationale est trop souvent considérée depuis les hautes sphères de la théorie économique et des conférences internationales. Inversant le regard, cet ouvrage donne la parole aux " petites...
Armed groups, many affiliated to the Niger Delta-wide political organisation MEND, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, proliferated throughout the oil producing states, particularly from early 2006 onwards. In January 2006, MEND declared war on the oil industry pending the...
A paper brought out last year treating the “Hunger Riots had made it possible, among other things, to point out the extreme difficulties encountered by the authorities in power when trying to control urban populations. Current demographic forecasts relating to sub-Saharan Africa all predict an...
Controlling Trafficking or Losing the North : Notes on Trafficking in Mauritania Notes de l'Ifri, 2010, "The Maghreb in its regional and international environment" Program
Our interest in this topic stems both from our annual visits to Mauritania which started fifteen years ago, and the tiny amount of research noticed on trafficking in this country.
Arabs and Tuaregs in Colonial and Malian Armed Forces: A Story in Trompe-l'Oeil Notes de l'Ifri, 2010, "The Maghreb in its regional and international environment" Program
This contribution consists in analyzing the unifying or opposing relations between the central State-power and the southern part of central-Saharan populations, mainly Arabs and Tuaregs, within the relational framework of colonial and Malian armed forces. The French Colonial State and the...
Trafficking in the Sahel-Saharan Zone: Features and Stakes Notes de l'Ifri, 2010, "The Maghreb in its regional and international environment" Program
On November 5th 2009, a cocaine-loaded Boeing 727 aircraft arriving from Venezuela was discovered torched and emptied on a makeshift airstrip in the Malian desert (Gao region). The Sahel-Saharan area is clearly a contact zone between very distant worlds.
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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