The research team

The research team of political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists and geographers, consists of 15 members. Its multidisciplinary approach is within the context of a social science framework.

Dr Amandine Gnanguênon

Project Director.

Amandine Gnanguênon is a researcher for the Center Michel de l’Hospital (University of Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand). In 2014, she was a senior researcher at the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) in Dakar, focused on West Africa and Sahel issues. From 2010 to 2013, she headed the Africa programme at the Institute of Strategic Research, Ecole militaire (IRSEM). Her research interests are conflict regionalization in Africa (system of conflicts) and the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), in particular, the relationship between the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

Amandine obtained her doctorate degree in political science from the University of Auvergne. She also holds two master’s degrees in political science and international law from the University Lyon III (...)

François Guiziou


As a geographer and cartographer, François Guiziou carried out several field missions in the Horn of Africa, North America and Europe. His research interests mostly include geographic reconstructions of the Somali world. Under the project Guerre&Po, he analyzes and studies the war and conflicts cartography.

PhD student and member of the research group Géolittomer-LETG (UMR 6554), he is also a former student at the Institute of Geography and Planning at the University of Nantes (IGARUN) and at the French Institute of Geopolitics (Paris-VIII). He taught Geography at the University of Nantes and the University Montpellier-III Paul Valéry. He is member of the Association for the Development of French Scientific Research in East Africa (ARESAE) and lecturer at the french War College (CID). (...)

Dr Axel Augé


Axel Augé is a senior lecturer at the University of Rennes II and on secondment to the Écoles de Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan. He is also a member of the Centre de Recherches des Écoles de Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan (CREC Saint-Cyr) and of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Human and Social Process Analysis (CIAPHS, Rennes II). His main research interests are the professionalization of officers (in particular the concept of culture and professional identity), and the sociology of actors and military organizations in Africa.

Since 2008, he has been in charge of the research programme ‘Violences and Society’ at the CIAPHS, where he conducted several studies for the French Ministry of Defence.

His work for Guerre&Po focuses on the process of redeployment of war assets in political structures, using Gabon as a case study.

Amélie Blom

Political science.

Amélie Blom is a lecturer at Sciences Po – Le Havre. She is also a research engineer at the Center for South Asian Studies (CEIAS-EHESS/CNRS). Her research in political sociology deals with youth, political mobilization and armed political activism in Pakistan.

She studied Urdu and taught political science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in the 2000s. In addition, Amélie Blom is the co-editor in chief of the South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (

Her work for Guerre&Po studies how war and the preparation of war impact the state-building process in Pakistan from a historical, sociological and political perspective.

Dr Bénédicte Chéron


Bénédicte Chéron is a lecturer at the Institut Catholique de Paris and associate researcher at the Sorbonne – Identities, International Relations and European Civilisations (SIRICE - Paris I, Paris IV, CNRS). Her research interests are war and military representations produced since 1945, and the relationships between military and journalists. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris in journalism, and she also has experience in the media.

Her work for Guerre&Po focuses on the way in which the project takes part in the elaboration of conflicts representation.

Shira Havkin

Political sociology.

Shira Havkin is a doctoral candidate in political sociology at the Center for International Studies (CERI) Sciences Po – Paris. She is also a temporary research and teaching assistant (ATER) at the University of Paris X Nanterre. Her doctoral dissertation is an analysis of the modes of government in Israel, in particular the political sociology of neoliberalism through two bodies of structural reforms. Her work is at the intersection of the political sociology of the state, borders and migrations studies, and political sociology of the economy. She presents an analysis of the relations between neoliberalism and nationalism in Israel.

Shira Havkin obtained a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Paris I – Sorbonne, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at the University of Tel Aviv.

Her work for Guerre&Po is a study of the army and its borders through the changes in the Israeli ‘border’ security operation and the privatization of checkpoints.

Pr Jean-Vincent Holeindre

Political science.

Jean-Vincent Holeindre is a professor of political science at the University of Poitiers. He is also a researcher at the Raymond Aron Center for Sociological and Political Studies at the EHESS and a Professor at Sciences Po – Paris. He is the president of the Association for War and Strategy Studies (AEGES), a regular contributor to Sciences humaines and a member of the French Association of Political Science (AFSP).

His research interests span political philosophy, international relations, and war transformations.

His work for Guerre&Po is the development of a ‘strategic anthropology’ in order to contribute to the understanding of the war phenomenon as a ‘total social fact’ by studying the way in which societies engage in war.

Dr Aline Leboeuf

Political science.

Aline Leboeuf is a researcher at French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) since 2003. She holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Her research interests are security and development, post-conflict situations in West Africa (especially Sierra Leone), forecasting (concept of ‘fluid conflicts’), and global health governance (global management of the avian influenza, “One Health” approach).

Her work for Guerre&Po focuses on Security Sector Reform (SSR), and the protection of civilians (including the security of expatriates), based on the case studies of Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire.

Michel Luntumbue

Political science.

Michel Luntumbue is a senior researcher in the sector ‘Conflict, Security and Governance in Africa’ at the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP) in Brussels. His work deals with the improvement of human security, conflict prevention, and strengthening of legally constituted states in West and Central Africa.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations and he has a long experience in the field of cooperation in Africa. He supervised and coordinated development projects in West and Central Africa, in particular projects centred on the strengthening and structuring of organizations. He is the author of various studies on development issues, North-South relations, and the dynamics of social movements in southern countries (Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America).

His work for Guerre&Po is an analysis, based on the case study of Chad, of resorting to war as a means to create an internal political order.

Dr Romain Malejacq

Political science.

Romain Malejacq has been Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM) at Radboud University since April 2013 (Netherlands). He holds a doctoral degree in political science from Northwestern University and Sciences Po – Paris. His research interests include state-building processes, the sociology of collapsed states, as well as the modes of legitimization of non-state armed actors, their informal networks, and their place in the international system.

He worked within the CERI Program for Peace and Human Security (CPHS) and edited the Human Security Journal. Romain Malejacq also obtained a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship to work on the fragmentation of political order in Somalia and Afghanistan.

His work for Guerre&Po deals with pro-government militias in Afghanistan.

Olivier Morlet

Economics, law.

Olivier Morlet is an international relations practitioner at the ministry of Defence (defence diplomacy). During his career, he worked in public and private institutions, in the field of auditing (finance and organization), business management (import/export), and applied analysis of international relations. He holds a master’s degree in economics (international trade) and in public law (law and international relations).

His research focuses on violence and law in the relations between states, and the construction of an international legal norm and how it is manipulated in the case of violent relations between states.

His work for Guerre&Po is a case study of the recent politico-military intervention of France in Mali (2013), the starting point of a doctoral dissertation.

Dr Christian Olsson

Political science.

Christian Olsson holds the chair of international relations, specialization: ‘peace, security, conflicts’ at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He holds a doctoral degree in political science (international relations) from Sciences Po Paris. He is also an associate researcher at the Centre for Research on Conflicts, Liberty, and Security (CCLS), Institute of Strategic Research, Ecole militaire (IRSEM), and at Centre de Recherches des Écoles de Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan (CREC Saint-Cyr).

He is an associate editor of the journal Cultures & Conflits and a member of the editorial team of International Political Sociology and the European research network Critical Approaches to Security in Europe.

His work for Guerre&Po is a study of the making of political disorder, through the application of the Effect-Based Operations model by the United States’ armed forces.

Jérôme Pigné

Political science.

Jérôme Pigné is a doctoral candidate at the EHESS. His doctoral dissertation deals with the security and sociological issues of counter-terrorism in the Sahel, as well as with the cooperation between the European Union and CEMOC countries (Algeria, Mali, Niger, and Mauritania).

He holds a Master’s degree in ‘Security, defence, and crisis management’ from the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) and from the University of Lyon III (CLESID). He collaborated with the Thomas More Institute in Paris, the Institute of Strategic Research, Ecole militaire (IRSEM), and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament and Research (UNIDIR).

His work for Guerre&Po is a study of the strategic issues the European Union faces in changes in Islamist terrorism, and of European multilateralism put to the test of antiterrorism.

Dr Raphaël Rossignol

Political and economic sciences.

Raphaël Rossignol holds a doctoral degree from the EHESS, the research center on modern and contemporary China (CECMC). He studies the relationships and competition between China and the Western powers in Sub-Saharan Africa from an economic, political, and strategic perspective. He favours an approach through political and industrial networks, and their influence in the security issues of the continent.

His work for Guerre&Po tackles the correlation between groups connected with the established power and institutions, using Haiti as a case study.

Dr David Vigneron


David Vigneron is a research associate at the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP). He holds a doctoral degree in Geography from the University of Rouen. His research interests focus on the analysis of electoral processes in Africa.

In the department MOBIS at the NEOMA Business School in Mont-Saint-Aignan, he develops cartographic and analytical models for European research projects.

His work for Guerre&Po is a study of the reconstruction of political and social spaces based on refugee camps in Mali.