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Richard Moncrieff

Project Director, Central Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Richard Moncrieff

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 - 06), 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, with particular reference to French policy. 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 informal militias
  • 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

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