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Hans De Marie Heungoup

Senior Analyst, Central Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Crisis Group Role

Hans De Marie Heungoup joined Crisis Group in November 2013. As the Cameroon Analyst, he conducts field research and provides analysis on prevailing security, social, legal, governance and political issues in the country, and proposes policy initiatives for governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental stakeholders to address and resolve sources of conflict.

Areas of Expertise

  • Defence and security
  • Political sociology
  • Cameroon
  • Boko Haram and the Lake Chad Basin

Professional Background

  • B.A Law and political science - Catholic University of Central Africa
  • M.A Governance and Public Policy - Catholic University of Central Africa
  • Certificate in International Affairs - Sciences Po Paris
  • Researcher at Paul Ango Ela Foundation of geopolitics in Central Africa (2011-­2013)
  • Consultant at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (2013)
  • Vacataire at Sciences Po Paris (2010)


  • French (native)
  • English (fluent)

Select Publications

Hans is the author of Le BIR, la GP et le pouvoir au Cameroun, (Berlin) Éditions Universitaires Européennes, September 2011.


In The News

17 Feb 2018
The main issue for Ambazonian groups [in Cameroon] is that they really lack finance. If they had money to buy weapons, train and feed their people, they could raise an army. AFP

Hans De Marie Heungoup

Senior Analyst, Central Africa
12 Feb 2018
With the troubles in [Cameroon's] Anglophone regions and the persistent threat from Boko Haram, the 2018 elections will be a greater challenge than previous votes. AFP

Hans De Marie Heungoup

Senior Analyst, Central Africa
1 Feb 2018
[Cameroon's President Biya] should quickly initiate a political dialogue on federalism or decentralisation or it’s possible that the Anglophone side will be radicalised even further. AFP

Hans De Marie Heungoup

Senior Analyst, Central Africa
30 Jan 2018
Cameroon is heading into elections against a volatile political and security backdrop. Palpable political tension, instability in the English-speaking regions and attacks by Boko Haram [persist]. AFP

Hans De Marie Heungoup

Senior Analyst, Central Africa
27 Dec 2017
There’s a real risk of rebellion [in Cameroon] that could make the Anglophone regions ungovernable. [...] The Anglophone crisis calls the foundations of the Cameroonian state into question. Bloomberg

Hans De Marie Heungoup

Senior Analyst, Central Africa
2 Dec 2017
[Home-made bombs and attacks directly targeting Cameroon's security forces] can be explained by the radicalisation of the population in these regions due to the police repression and arbitrary killings. RFI

Hans De Marie Heungoup

Senior Analyst, Central Africa

Latest Updates

Op-Ed / Africa

Cameroun : le risque d’embrasement de la crise anglophone inquiète les francophones

La crise ouverte voici presque un an dans les régions dites anglophones (Nord-Ouest et Sud-Ouest) du Cameroun persiste.

Originally published in Jeune Afrique

Commentary / Africa

The Humanitarian Fallout from Cameroon’s Struggle Against Boko Haram

The plight of refugees and the internally displaced from the Boko Haram conflict in Cameroon’s Far North is adding to the many burdens of an already impoverished population.

Commentary / Africa

In the Tracks of Boko Haram in Cameroon

Two years ago, the Cameroonian government declared war on Boko Haram. Despite some progress, the group’s violent impact is still seen and felt deeply in the remote north of the country.