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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 Cameroon Analyst. He is currently Central Africa Senior Analyst, responsible for conducting field research and providing analysis on the prevailing security, governance and political issues in the sub-region, especially Cameroon and Central African Republic. He is also responsible for proposing policy initiatives for governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental stakeholders to address and resolve sources of conflict.

Areas of Expertise

  • Defence and security
  • Political sociology
  • Cameroon, Central African Republic
  • Boko Haram and the Lake Chad Basin

Professional Background

Before joining Crisis Group, Hans was a Researcher at Paul Ango Ela Foundation of geopolitics in Central Africa (2011-­2013) and a consultant at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (2013). He has a BA in Law and Political Science, an MA in Governance and Public Policy from the Catholic University of Central Africa and a Certificate in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris.


  • French (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • German (beginner)
  • Swahili (beginner)

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

21 Sep 2018
We are not yet in a civil war [in Cameroon], but all the ingredients for a potential civil war are already assembled. Financial Times

Hans De Marie Heungoup

Senior Analyst, Central Africa
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

Latest Updates

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.

Our Journeys / 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. 

Interview / Africa

Q&A: Boko Haram in Cameroon

In May 2014, Cameroon declared war on Boko Haram at the Paris Summit. Since then, Boko Haram has intensified its activities in the Far North Region of the country, making Cameroon the second most targeted country, in terms of attacks, by the sect. Hans De Marie Heungoup, Cameroon analyst at the International Crisis Group, provides insights on the rise of Boko Haram in Cameroon, the stakes for the country and efforts made by the Government to overcome the jihadist organisation.

Originally published in Sustainable Security