Identities, mobilisations and armed conflicts in West Africa, in particular on the basis of separatism in Kasamance and Boko Haram; Military question in West Africa (Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Nigeria); Political parties, democracy and elections in West Africa;
Since 2017 Research Officer at CNRS (Les Afriques dans le Monde, Sciences Po Bordeaux).
2011-2016 Senior Analyst (International Crisis Group, West Africa Programme, Dakar)
2003-2011 Research Officer CNRS (Centre d'études d'Afrique noire, then Les Afriques dans le Monde, Sciences Po Bordeaux)
2002 PhD in Political Science (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) "Cheated Pilgrims. Education, migration and the birth of Casamançais nationalism, Senegal".
1996 MSc Politics in Asia and Africa (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).
1995 Diploma (Sciences Po Paris)
For decades, policymakers have been calling to save Lake Chad. More recently, they have insisted the shrinking of the Lake was both the cause and consequence of Boko Haram. This narrative is not fully corroborated by scientific research and comes with risks, Vincent Foucher explains in this Megatrends Afrika Spotlight.
The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is one of the most active jihadist movements. Its success is linked to the influence of the Islamic State (IS), which has encouraged the movement to adopt a more streamlined, bureaucratic governance that limits the amount of violence committed against Muslim civilians. This has caused great tension within the Nigerian jihadist movement. The Bakura faction resists this rationalisation and adheres to sectarianism, predation and clientelism. This case study explores the variety of jihadist governance models and their determinants.