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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


  • English
  • French 
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Afrikaans

In The News

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

Latest Updates

Podcast / Africa

Russia in Africa

This week on Hold your Fire!, Richard Atwood and guest host Comfort Ero are joined by Africa expert Pauline Bax to discuss Russia in Africa, its ambitions on the continent, the role of Russian military contractors and how Western powers view Moscow’s rising profile.

Commentary / Africa

Russia’s Influence in the Central African Republic

Russia has become the Central African Republic’s preferred ally in its battle with insurgents. But the government’s use of Russian mercenaries as it goes on the offensive is causing domestic divisions and alienating other external partners. Concerns about rights abuses and misinformation campaigns are mounting.  

Q&A / Africa

Riots Reveal South Africa’s Enduring Rifts

South Africa has experienced its worst unrest since apartheid ended. Mobs attacked shopping malls and factories in two provinces. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Pauline Bax explains that the disturbances exposed the political and economic dynamics of a state struggling to contain deadly violence.