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Dr Virginie Baudais

Programme Director (Non-resident)

Dr Virginie Baudais

Virginie Baudais

Dr Virginie Baudais (France) is a Senior Researcher and Director of the SIPRI Sahel and West Africa Programme. Prior to joining SIPRI in August 2019, she worked for two United Nations peacekeeping operations, in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, as a Political Officer. Prior to her experience with the UN, she worked as a Teaching Assistant at Toulouse 1 Capitole University. Virginie Baudais graduated from Sciences Po Toulouse and holds a PhD in Political Science from Toulouse 1 Capitole University. Her research interests focus on the Sahel, peacebuilding, security, governance and state reform.

Subject expertise

Peacebuilding and peace consolidation, democratic transitions, state reform and decentralization, political parties, elections and citizenship building, UN peacekeeping operations and UN transitions

Regional expertise

West Africa/Sahel

French, English, Italian

PhD in Political Science, Centre Morris Janowitz, Science po Toulouse, Universite Toulouse-Capitole

External publications
  • Baudais, V., Niger: Armed Force Politics and Counterterrorism (Oxford Research Encyclopedia (Feb 2021)
  • Baudais, V., Les trajectoires de l’Etat au Mali, Paris, Karthala (2016)
  • Baudais, V., Chauzal, G., 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) 
  • Baudais, V., Sborgi, E., The general elections in Niger, Electoral Studies, vol. 31(2), pp. 448-458 (June 2012)
  • Baudais, V., Chauzal, G.,The 2010 Coup d´Etat in Niger: A Praetorian Regulation of Politics?African Affairs, Vol. 110, n°439, pp. 295-304 (April 2011)
  • Baudais, V., Sborgi, E., Takokelen: ATT´s “consensus politics” at test in the 2007 general elections in Mali, Electoral Studies, vol. 27, Issue 4, pp. 769-773 (Dec 2008)
  • Baudais, V., La decentralisation au Mali. Enjeux et impact d´une reforme, Annales de l´Universite des sciences sociales, Presses de l´Universite Toulouse I, Tome XLIX, pp. 277-313.
  • Baudais, V., Chauzal, G., Les partis politiques et l’indépendance partisane d’Amadou Toumani Touré, Politique Africaine, n°104 (Dec 2006)
  • Baudais, V., Sborgi, E., The general elections in Niger (November 2004), Electoral Studies, vol. 25, pp. 147-191 (March 2006)