Pauline Bax

Pauline Bax

Deputy Program Director, Africa

Crisis Group Role

Pauline Bax joined Crisis Group as Senior Editor and Policy Advisor before taking the position of Africa Program Deputy Director. She assists in shaping the analysis and reporting across the program, helps deliver publications and contributes to research.

Professional Background

Pauline spent almost ten years as West Africa correspondent for the Dutch newspaper NRC/Handelsblad and contributed radio, TV and print reports to various international media, including the BBC, RFI and The Guardian. She subsequently moved from Ivory Coast to Ghana to report for Bloomberg News. In recent years, she served as Africa government editor for Bloomberg, steering coverage for the agency’s network of local correspondents across sub-Saharan Africa. 

Areas of expertise

  • West African Politics
  • Southern Africa
  • Political Economy
  • Conflict & War
  • Natural Resources

Languages

  • English
  • French 
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Afrikaans

In The News

31 May 2022
It’s a power play by Russia. Through Wagner, it wants to see to what extent it can spread its influence in Africa. I think the results have surprised a lot of people. The New York Times

Pauline Bax

Deputy Program Director, Africa
22 Mar 2022
The West has seen Russia’s strategy as very informal and opportunistic, with the deployment of mercenaries [in Africa] that operate off the books. VOA

Pauline Bax

Deputy Program Director, Africa
25 Feb 2022
A lot of diplomatic efforts will have to be put in the Ukraine crisis now and has already been put in – to the detriment of other crises here in Africa. Africanews

Pauline Bax

Deputy Program Director, Africa