Associate Research Fellow, Coordinator of the Observatory of Central and Southern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa Center

Research Interests: 

  • Risk and conflict analysis
  • Security sector reform
  • Governance of natural resources
  • Central Africa, Southern Africa, Great Lakes region
  • Relations between China and Africa


An Independent consultant, Thierry Vircoulon has been a Research Fellow at Ifri since 2006. He coordinates Ifri's Observatory of Central and Southern Africa and collaborates with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (South Africa). For 20 years, his work has focused on conflicts, security and governance issues in Africa. He is the author of several books on South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A graduate of the National School of Administration (Ecole Nationale d'administration - ENA) and Sorbonne University, Thierry Vircoulon has taught a Master's level course on security issues in Sub-Saharan Africa at the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences-Po). He has worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission on the African continent, particularly in South Africa, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Domaines d'expertise
Afrique subsaharienne
Élections, gouvernance et évolutions de l’État
L'Afrique dans les relations internationales
Questions de sécurité