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Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Deputy Project Director, West Africa
Dakar, Senegal

Crisis Group Role

Jean-Hervé Jezequel is the Deputy Project Director for West Africa. 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, & 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

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

Deputy Project Director, West Africa
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

Deputy Project Director, West Africa
13 Sep 2016
Les populations du centre [du Mali] ont vu dans l'accès aux armes de guerre un moyen de se protéger et parfois de contester les hiérarchies en place. Ouest France

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Deputy Project Director, West Africa
6 Sep 2016
Despite the training provided by the European Union since 2013, the [Malian] army lacks capacity until today. We’re talking about a long-term undertaking. Bloomberg

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Deputy Project Director, West Africa
17 Aug 2016
Las partes se niegan a deponer las armas antes de saber quién va a gobernar localmente, cuál será su destino y qué posiciones serán para la Plataforma y cuáles para el CMA Política Exterior

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Deputy Project Director, West Africa

Latest Updates

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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Forced out of Towns in the Sahel, Africa’s Jihadists Go Rural

Jihadist groups have regrouped in the neglected hinterlands of Sahel countries and are launching attacks from them. To regain control of outlying districts, regional states must do far more to extend services and representation beyond recently recaptured provincial centres.