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Dr Grégory Chauzal

Programme Director

Dr Grégory Chauzal

Grégory Chauzal

Dr Grégory Chauzal is a Senior Researcher and the Director of the SIPRI Sahel West Africa Programme. Before joining SIPRI in August 2016, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael and was a Research Fellow at the International Center for Counter Terrorism, The Hague during 20142016. At the Clingendael Institute and ICCT, he specialized on political and security issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb and the Middle East regions, and launched the MaghrebSahel research programme. From 20082014, he worked for the French Ministry of Defence at the Directorate for Strategic Affairs as a policy analyst and political advisor (first on the Great Lakes area and then the Maghreb-Sahel region). He was particularly involved in the international follow-up of the Malian military coup, the launch of the SERVAL operation and the international cooperation process.

Dr Chauzal graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux, France in 2005 and holds a PhD in Political Science from Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM – UMR 5115) laboratory. While conducting his PhD, he was a Sciences Po Bordeaux/CNRS Research Fellow during 20052008, focusing on political and military developments in the West Africa region with a special emphasis on Mali and Niger.

He co-edits the Africa section of the Annuaire Français des Relations Internationales.

Subject expertise

Peacebuilding, democratic transitions, military coups, international military operations and civilian missions, counterterrorism, economic development.

Regional expertise

West Africa/Sahel, Maghreb

Phone number
+ 46 (0)76 628 61 69
French, English

PhD in Political Sciences, Sciences Po Bordeaux/CNRS – Les Afriques dans le Monde (UMR 5115)

External publications

Post-revolutionary discontent and f(r)actionalisation in the Maghreb: Managing the Tunisia-Libya border issues”, Clingendael Report, August 2016 (with S. Zavagli)

From Charlie Hebdo to the Promenade des Anglais: Is France a new ‘dar el harb’, Clingendael commentary, July 2016

The Foreign Fighters phenomenon in the European Union: Profiles, Threats and Policies, ICCT report (collective), April 2016

Iraq at war (again). Perspectives and options for a long-term counter-terrorism and counter violent extremism strategy, Clingendael report, March 2016 (with S. Zavagli)

Beneath the Apparent State of Affairs. Religion and Political Stability in Ghana and Benin, Clingendael Report, January 2016 (with P. Knoope)

Fix the Unfixable: Dealing with full-blown crisis and instability. How to bring greater stability to the Sahel? Clingendael Policy Brief, January 2016

Paris, 11/13/15, Analysis and Policy Options, Clingendael Policy Brief, November 2015

A snapshot of Mali three years after the crisis, Clingendael Commentary, June 2015

The roots of Mali’s conflict: Moving beyond the 2012 crisis, Cligendael Report, April 2015

Bamako’s new government: Implications for Mali and the North-South Reconciliation process, Clingendael Commentary, February 2015

L’Annus Horribilis d’Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta : de la figure du Président de crise à la crise de la figure présidentielle, Annuaire français des Relations internationales, Volume XVI, 2015

Le Niger et la crise malienne : bis repetita placent ?, Questions Internationales, n°58, November 2012

Le mirage (politique) africain du président Barack Obama, Questions Internationales, n°56, July 2012 (with G. Bras)

The 2010 Coup in Niger: A Praetorian Regulation of Politics?, African Affairs, Vol. 110, n°439, April 2011 (with V. Baudais)

Les partis politiques et l’indépendance partisane d’Amadou Toumani Touré, Politique Africaine, n°104, December 2006 (with V. Baudais)