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Richard Moncrieff

Project Director, Sahel (Interim)

Crisis Group Role

Richard Moncrieff is the Interim Project Director for the Sahel. Richard covers developments in the West African Sahel and is responsible for Crisis Group publications and advocacy activity on the region.

Professional Background

Richard has filled various roles in Crisis Group, including project director for West and for Central Africa. A former diplomat, he worked in the Foreign Office in London and was political officer in the British embassy in Paris and UK chargé d'affaires in Abidjan.

Areas of Expertise

  • Politics of conflict and conflict resolution in Africa
  • Elections and complex transitions
  • Disarmament and security sector reform
  • Peacekeeping
  • International politics of conflict mediation


  • French (Fluent)

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, Sahel (Interim)
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, Sahel (Interim)
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, Sahel (Interim)
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, Sahel (Interim)
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, Sahel (Interim)
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, Sahel (Interim)

Latest Updates

Podcast / Africa

France’s Troop Withdrawal from Mali

In this episode of Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood and Naz Modirzadeh talk with Sahel experts Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim and Richard Moncrieff about France’s announcement it will pull troops from Mali, and what the withdrawal means for the fighting against jihadist insurgents.

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