Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Project Director, Sahel
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

22 Aug 2021
Maybe this is a mistake. But the French are downsizing, they’re not withdrawing [from the Sahel]. They’re still the biggest military force in the region. VOA

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Project Director, Sahel
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

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

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Project Director, Sahel
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 a... France24

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

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

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Project Director, Sahel
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

Project Director, Sahel

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