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Tony Chafer is Emeritus Professor of African and French 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 mainly on French military and security policy. He has received funding for a series of research projects on French military and security policy in the western Sahel.

He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Modern Languages Research, was a member of the Area Studies panel for REF2014 and Deputy Chair of the Area Studies panel for REF2021. He has acted as a consultant to the Foreign, Commonwealth  and Development Office on French African policy and was president of the UK Council for Area Studies Associations (UKCASA) 2015-2019. He is currently its Vice-President. He is a founding member of the West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN) and a member of the editorial boards of Modern and Contemporary France and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.

Research Interests

Research Interests
•    Franco-African relations
•    'Francophone' Africa

Research Groups
•    Decolonising Spaces
•    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 Languages, Cultures and Societies


Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice, University of Ibadan

2018 → …

Member of Area Studies panel REF2014 and Deputy Chair REF2021


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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