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Africa Program

Our e-notes

La recomposition de la politique étrangère turque en Afrique subsaharienne. Entre diplomatie publique et acteurs privés

Gabrielle ANGEY

Note de l'Ifri, mars 2014

[Consultez le résumé de cette note en post de blog sur Afrique Décryptages] La présence économique et diplomatique de la Turquie en Afrique est méconnue. Elle participe d'une tendance forte de ces vingt...


Le boom minier au Sahel. Un développement durable ?


Note de l'Ifri, février 2014

Le Sahel, souvent présenté pour ses difficultés et ses crises – avec en particulier l’actuelle crise malienne – vit pourtant, à l’image du reste du continent africain, une nouvelle ère...


Our books

Le Maghreb et son Sud : vers des liens renouvelés

Mansouria MOKHEFI et Alain ANTIL (dir.)

CNRS Editions / Ifri, décembre 2012


China's presence in Africa: interests and practices

Valérie NIQUET, Sylvain TOUATI

Les études, décembre 2011


The Sub-Saharan Africa program’s role is to put forward an updated vision of Africa and to make it accessible. It does so by valuing works from the French and International academic world. Our research will be policy oriented with the aim of informing the decision-makers. It will allow the emergence of better informed and more effective policies towards Africa, reconciling moral commitment and strategic interests.

Program organisation 
The governance structure of the Ifri Sub-Saharan Africa program ensures the quality and relevance of the program team work.

The Steering Committee is composed of representatives of the program partners, one representative of Ifri's management, one representative of the CIAN, one renowned africanist researcher coming from the outside of Ifri, and the program researchers. The steering committee allows the partners to express their views on the program orientation.


Alain Antil, is the Head of the Ifri Sub-Saharan Africa program. He teaches at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Lille. He has been a research fellow at the Institut de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques in Paris from 2003 to 2004. He holds a PhD in political geography from the University of Rouen.

Hélène Quénot-Suarez is the reasearch assistant of the program. She holds a PhD in political science specialized on African issues from Sciences-Po Bordeaux and a master in political geography from the University of Paris X-Nanterre.

Benjamin Augé has been an Associate Fellow within our program since June 2010. He obtained his Phd in geography from the French Institute of Geopolitics (University of Paris 8), he is otherwise Chief Editor of Africa Energy Intelligence, a newsletter focused on Energy issues in Africa. He is also a guest speaker at the French War College, HEC, Sciences-Po Paris and the École nationale d'administration (National school of administration - ENA)

Aline Leboeuf, researcher, is especially interested in the issue of stabilization and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa. Her PhD research deals with the Security Sector Reform (SSR) in Sierra Leone. She is also involved in Ifri's program on future conflicts (since autumn 2003) where her research has been focused on the new forms of conflicts.

Cyril Musila  is Associate Fellow within Sub-Saharan Africa program since June 2010. He got his Phd in Social Sciences from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). He is professor of Geopoliticis of African Conflicts and Peace Research at the Catholic University of Paris.

Mathieu Pellerin is an Associate Fellow within the Sub-Saharan Africa programme since June 2010. Graduate in politics and economic intelligence, he runs the CISCA company (Centre d'Intelligence Stratégique sur le Continent Africain). He is also co-editor-in-chief of Sécurité & Stratégie review.

Sylvain Touati is Associate Fellow within Sub-Saharan Africa program since August 2010. From December 2007 to July 2010, he was co-ordinator of the program.

Thierry Vircoulon, is Associate Fellow within Sub-Saharan Africa program since January 2009. He is graduated from the French National Adminisration School (ENA) and holds a Master in Political Sciences from Sorbonne University. He worked for the French Foreign Ministry and European Commission, notably in South Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo. He also is an expert on peacekeeping operations (Cerium, Montreal University) and is part of a research group on eugenics and racism within english-speaking sphere (Paris Diderot University).


Traditionally, Ifri entertains partnerships with a number of international research centres that will contribute to the Ifri Sub-Saharan Africa program.

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