Director, International Crisis Group
Thierry Vircoulon graduated 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. In addition to being the Central Africa project director for the International Crisis Group, he is teaching security issues in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Institute for Political Studies in Paris. He is based in Nairobi (Kenya) and most of his work is focusing on governance, natural resources and conflicts.
- “Pirates of the Guinean: How West Africa is replacing Somalia as the new pirate lair,” Foreign Policy, December 2012, http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/12/20/pirates-of-the-guinean/
- “Gulf of Guinea, a regional solution to piracy?,” International Crisis Group, http://blog.crisisgroup.org/africa/2014/09/04/gulf-of-guinea-a-regional-solution-to-piracy/
- “Conflict Minerals, the Added Value of Europe,” International Crisis Group, http://blog.crisisgroup.org/africa/2011/10/18/conflict-minerals-the-added-value-of-europe/
- “Oil in Chad: the fragile state’s easy victory over international institutions,” International Crisis Group, http://blog.crisisgroup.org/africa/2010/09/09/oil-in-chad-the-fragile-states-easy-victory-over-international-institutions/
- “Time to Rethink the Kimberley Process: the Case of Zimbabwe,” International Crisis Group, http://blog.crisisgroup.org/africa/2010/11/04/time-to-rethink-the-kimberley-process-the-zimbabwe-case/
- “The Ituri paradox: when armed groups have a land policy and peace makers do not” in The Struggle over Land in Africa, Chris Alden & Ward Anseeuw (eds), HSRC press, Pretoria, 2010
- with Florence Liegeois, Violence in the Bush: How International Peacebuilding faces Land-use Conflicts, February 2010, Note de l’Ifri.
- Supporting SSR in the DRC: between a rock and a hard place, Conflict research unit occasional paper, Clingendael Institute, Netherlands, April 2010, Henri Boshoff, Dylan Hendrickson, Sylvie More, Thierry Vircoulon, http://www.clingendael.nl/publication/supporting-ssr-drc-between-rock-and-hard-place
- Setting up a public policy in a failed state: the challenges of securing property law in Eastern Congo, http://www.ifri.org/en/publications/enotes/notes-de-lifri/setting-public-policy-failed-state-challenges-securing-property