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José Luengo-Cabrera

Sahel Researcher and Economics of Conflict Analyst

Crisis Group Role

José covers security-related developments across countries of the West African Sahel. With a special focus on Mali and Burkina Faso, he specialises on the economic drivers of violence using data-driven research methods.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Crisis Group, José worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Economics & Peace in Sydney, where he developed metrics to quantify peace and measure the economic impact of violence. 

Before that, José was an Associate Analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, where he focused his research on the EU's CSDP missions & operations in Africa.

José has also worked for the conflict prevention unit of the European External Action Service in Brussels and for the research unit of the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre in New York.

He holds an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and a joint-BSc in Economics, Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick and Sciences-Po Paris.

Select Publications

  • 'Reaping the benefits of cost-effective peacebuilding', International Peace Institute, July 2017
  • 'Africa: weakened economies, tamed democracies', Harvard Africa Policy Journal, August 2016
  • 'Mali: an endangered peace', EU Institute for Security Studies, December 2015
  • 'Burkina Faso: a crisis foretold', EU Institute for Security Studies, November 2014

Areas of Expertise

  • Liptako-Gourma region
  • Macroeconomic analysis
  • Security-development nexus
  • Conflict data visualisation


  • English (Native)
  • French (Native)
  • Spanish (Native)

In The News

11 Jul 2020
This year, more civilians in the Sahel have been killed by government soldiers than by jihadists. The coastal states must avoid the mistakes of their Sahelian neighbours. The Economist

José Luengo-Cabrera

Sahel Researcher and Economics of Conflict Analyst