Tony Chafer
  • King Henry 1 Street, Park Building

    PO1 2DZ Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

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France and Africa, Francophone Africa, decolonisation, West African peace and security

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Tony Chafer is Professor of French and African Studies. He gained his PhD, on decolonisation in French West Africa, from the University of London in 1993 and was Director of the University of Portsmouth's Centre for European and International Studies Research from 2001-2016. His main research interests lie in French African policy in the colonial and post-colonial periods and he has recently been working on  French military and security policy in Africa. He was Co-I on a major Leverhulme-funded research project Mobilising Support for Militaro-Humanitarian Interventions in Africa, 2017-20.

He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Modern Languages Research and is Deputy Chair of the Area Studies panel for REF2021. He has acted as a consultant to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on French African policy and was president of the UK Council for Area Studies Associations (UKCASA) 2015-2019. He is a founding member of the West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN).

Research Interests

Research Group

  • Francophone Africa
  • Peace Conflict & Security

Discipline Areas

  • Area Studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Advisory Council, Institute of Modern Languages Research


President, UK Council for Area Studies Associations


Research Associate, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London



  • DT Africa
  • France, Africa
  • International Relations
  • Peace and Security


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