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Richard Moncrieff

Project Director, Central Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Crisis Group Role

Richard Moncrieff started as Crisis Group’s Central Africa Project Director in January 2016, overseeing all work on Central Africa. He previously worked for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office as principal Research Analyst on West and then Central Africa, and head of the Africa Research Group. He worked as a diplomat in Paris (2003) and Abidjan (2005-2006), and has traveled and worked extensively throughout the African continent. He was Crisis Group’s West Africa project director from 2008 to 2010, where he wrote reports on Cameroon, Nigeria and Guinea. In 2011 he was the Bradlow Research Fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs. He has published academic work on Africa’s international relations. He has a PhD from Southampton University in the UK and a Masters in African Studies from the political science institute, University of Bordeaux, France.

Areas of expertise

  • Conflict management and peacekeeping
  • Elections and complex transitions in Central and West Africa
  • Authoritarian rule, state fragility and state collapse
  • Security sector reform and non-state armed actors
  • Politics and international relations of Africa

Professional Background

  • Principal Research Analyst, Central Africa, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London (2011-2015)
  • Research Fellow, South African Institute of International Affairs, Johannesburg (2011)
  • Project Director, West Africa, International Crisis Group, Dakar (2008-2010)
  • Principal Research Analyst, West Africa, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London and head, Africa Research Group (2001-2008)
  • PhD, Southampton University
  • Masters, African Studies, Bordeaux University, France


  • English
  • French

In The News

23 Apr 2021
The other important question is whether the new military command under Deby’s son can command sufficient popularity to mobilize the army and push [the rebels] back and defend the nation’s territory. World Politics Review

Richard Moncrieff

Project Director, Central Africa
21 Apr 2021
A damaging succession crisis is to be feared, while government forces and rebels have been fighting each other in the north and centre of the country. France 24

Richard Moncrieff

Project Director, Central Africa
13 Jan 2021
It seems likely that [the rebels’] intention is to cause trouble and to push the United Nations to defend Bangui, therefore leaving provincial towns vulnerable. Associated Press

Richard Moncrieff

Project Director, Central Africa
1 Apr 2020
[Chadian president Déby] has a pretty fractious inner circle, and he knows that any local conflict could quickly escalate into a national one. Foreign Policy

Richard Moncrieff

Project Director, Central Africa
7 Dec 2017
There is evident concern of growing instability and a frustration [in DR Congo] at the political blockage that is fueling popular frustration and the spread of violence in the country. New Europe

Richard Moncrieff

Project Director, Central Africa
3 Oct 2017
[President of Cameroon Paul Biya] cannot allow people to gain the impression that [demonstrators in English-speaking regions] have any power whatsoever. It’s a very absolutist system. Financial Times

Richard Moncrieff

Project Director, Central Africa

Latest Updates

Podcast / Africa

What Déby’s Death Means for Chad and the Region

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood and Naz Modirzadeh talk to Crisis Group experts Richard Moncrieff and Claudia Gazzini about the death of Chadian President Idriss Déby and its consequences for Chad and the region.

Q&A / Africa

Tchad : quels risques après la mort d’Idriss Déby ?

Le décès du président tchadien Idriss Déby suscite l'inquiétude de nombreux Tchadiens et des Etats voisins et plonge le pays dans l'incertitude. Crisis Group revient sur les récents événements et expose les principaux risques auxquels le pays est confronté.

Also available in العربية, English
Q&A / Africa

Au Tchad, l’incursion des rebelles dévoile les fragilités du pouvoir

Une incursion de l’Union des forces de la résistance (UFR) en territoire tchadien depuis la Libye, début février, a été arrêtée par des frappes aériennes françaises, en coordination avec l’armée tchadienne. Cette menace sécuritaire inédite depuis plusieurs années met en relief les fragilités du Tchad et du pouvoir en place.   

Also available in English
Op-Ed / Africa

AU Must Re-engage in Burundi to Push for Inclusivity as a Way out of Violence

The constitutional changes, if passed, could reset the clock on term limits for President Pierre Nkurunziza — potentially giving him an additional 14 years in power — and paving the way for the dismantling of ethnic balances embedded in the 2000 Arusha Agreement, which brought an end to Burundi’s protracted civil war. 

Originally published in The East African

Also available in Français
Interview / Africa

DR Congo's Deadlocked Crises

In an interview with ARD Africa Correspondant Alexander Göbel, Crisis Group’s Central Africa Project Director Richard Moncrieff discusses DR Congo’s many crises and how the international community can deal with the country’s ongoing political blockage. 

Originally published in Tagesschau