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Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Director, Sahel Project
Dakar, Senegal

Crisis Group Role

Jean-Hervé Jezequel is the Project Director for the Sahel. He first worked as a Consultant for Crisis Group in Guinea in 2003, before joining as the Senior Analyst for the Sahel region in March 2013. Based in Dakar, his role requires extensive research and advocacy on the prevailing political and security issues in the Sahel region including Niger, Mali, and the Lake Chad Basin in order to work towards promoting stability, security and development.

Jean-Hervé has also worked as a Field Coordinator in Liberia, a West Africa Researcher and a Research Director, all for Médecins sans Frontières. He conducted studies on post-conflict situations (DRC, Liberia) as well as on Humanitarian interventions in complex crises (Ethiopia, Niger, Guinea).

Professional Background

His experience in the academic field involved work as an Assistant Professor at the University of Bordeaux. Prior to that he worked as a Visiting Professor, teaching History and African Studies at the Emory University in Atlanta, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago.

Jean-Herve received his Masters at Science-Po Paris in Political Science, Sociology and History after studying at the Université de la Sorbonne-Panthéon. He completed his Ph.D at École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales focusing on History and African Studies. His work dealt with the African educated elite trained at the Ponty school during the colonial period where many who attended, became the core of the political elite after West African independence, conducting fieldwork in six different African countries including Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso.

In The News

27 May 2021
Everyone seems obsessed with what is going on in Bamako, and that is another indication for the people in [Mali's] countryside that the state is not coming back. The Washington Post

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Director, Sahel Project
25 Sep 2020
Mali has a lot of issues related to the Sahel. Al-Jazeera

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Director, Sahel Project
19 Aug 2020
Eight years of effort, investment, presence to basically return to the situation of Mali at the time of the 2012 coup, with a confused situation in Bamako, more violent armed insurrections and increased inter-communal violence. France24

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Director, Sahel Project
22 Oct 2019
Les groupes djihadistes sont passés experts dans l’instrumentalisation des conflits pour mieux s'implanter. RFI

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Director, Sahel Project
6 Mar 2017
Are we building any kind of sustainable peace [in Mali] through this kind of process that gives the most resources to the guys with guns? Reuters

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Director, Sahel Project
17 Nov 2016
"We're again, as we've been several times since 2013, at a defining moment [in the fight against jihadist groups in northern Mali]. On the political side things have improved, but it is very worrying security-wise. Daily Nation

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Director, Sahel Project

Latest Updates

Q&A / Africa

Mali, un coup dans le coup

Des militaires ont arrêté les chefs de l’Etat et du gouvernement de transition maliens installés suite au coup d'Etat militaire d’août 2020. Dans ce Q&A, l’expert de Crisis Group Jean-Hervé Jezequel détaille les retombées possibles de ce second putsch dans un pays déjà fragilisé par le conflit avec les jihadistes.

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Engager le dialogue au Sahel : à Pau un revirement stratégique est nécessaire

La France et ses partenaires du G5 Sahel se réunissent à Pau lundi 13 janvier pour réaffirmer leur engagement à lutter ensemble contre le terrorisme jihadiste. Pourtant, la réponse militaire n'est pas suffisante. Face à l’ampleur de la menace, il est donc nécessaire de trouver une solution politique.

Q&A / Africa

Centre du Mali : enrayer le nettoyage ethnique

Une attaque visant des populations peul dans la région de Mopti a fait au moins 134 morts le 23 mars, dernier épisode d'une série de violences intercommunautaires. Dans ce questions-réponses, notre directeur du projet Sahel Jean-Hervé Jézéquel appelle les autorités maliennes à enrayer l'engrenage du nettoyage ethnique.  

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Op-Ed / Africa

A la frontière Niger-Mali, le nécessaire dialogue avec les hommes en armes

La stratégie qui privilégie une option militaire disproportionnée à la frontière entre le Niger et le Mali fait peser un risque sur la région : celui de créer un nouveau foyer d’insurrection. C'est le constat que dresse l’International Crisis Group, qui fait une série de recommandations.

Originally published in Jeune Afrique

Commentary / Africa

Niger Clash Kills U.S. and Nigerien Troops

A deadly ambush near the Niger-Mali border on 4 October claimed the lives of at least five Nigerien soldiers and marked the unprecedented killing of American forces in the region. In this Q&A, Deputy West Africa Project Director Jean-Hervé Jezequel and Research Assistant Hamza Cherbib say that jihadist violence cannot be divorced from deeper inter-communal tensions related to local competition over resources and illicit economic activity.

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