Associate Resarch Fellow 

Research interests: 



  • Security Sector Reform
  • Governance
  • China and Africa


  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Great Lakes Region
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe


Thierry Vircoulon is Associate Research Fellow within the Africa Studies Center at Ifri since January 2009. He is currently based in Nairobi where is Central Africa Project Director for International Crisis Group.

Thierry Vircoulon is a graduate from the French Public Management Institute (ENA) and the Institute for Political Studies in Paris. He holds a masters degree in Political Science from Sorbonne University. He has previously worked for the French Foreign Ministry and the European Commission, notably in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of his work is focusing on governance and SSR. He is also part of the OECD group of experts on statebuilding and peacebuilding.



Domaines d'expertise
Afrique subsaharienne
Élections, gouvernance et évolutions de l’État
L'Afrique dans les relations internationales
Questions de sécurité