Nonresident Senior FellowDr. Gérard Prunier is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Africa Center.
One of the foremost Africanists in the world today, Prunier is the author of more than 200 scholarly articles and a dozen books in four languages, including in English The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide (Columbia University Press, 1995), Darfur: A 21st Century Genocide (Cornell University Press, 2005)—which was hailed by Foreign Affairs as "the best available account of the Darfur crisis"—and Africa's World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of Continental Catastrophe (Oxford University Press, 2008), which was awarded a special honorable mention in the Council on Foreign Relations' 2010 Arthur Ross Book Award competition for the best book published in international relations, the first Africa-focused book ever so honored.
Prunier served as a senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France's largest government research organization, and as a professor at the University of Paris. From 2001 to 2006, he was seconded to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as the director of the Centre Français des Études Éthiopiennes in Addis Ababa. Throughout his career, Prunier has served as an advisor to the French government and also consulted for the US Departments of State and Defense, various European and African governments, as well as private companies.
Prunier holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po), a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Nanterre, and a doctorate in African studies from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
Prunier serves on the academic council of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) and on the editorial board of the Journal of the Middle East and Africa.
March 21, 2013On March 21, Gerard Prunier, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was quoted in a Radio Okapi article: "Paul Kagame accepte de faciliter le transfert de Bosco Ntaganda à la CPI" ("Paul Kagame agrees to…
March 21, 2013On March 21, Gerard Prunier, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was quoted in an Agence France-Presse article: "DR Congo Rebel Transfer Won’t Bring Peace."
March 21, 2013On March 21, Gerard Prunier, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was quoted in a Daily Beast article: "Bosco Ntaganda, ‘The Terminator’ Surrenders to the US."
May 07, 2012Less than a year after South Sudan declared its independence, it appears headed for war once again with its northern neighbor, Sudan. At the same time, marginalized northerners are rebelling against the government of Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The…
October 18, 2011On October 18, Gerard Prunier , nonresident senior fellow at the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was interviewed on the Radio Vatican in a segment entitled: " Les shebabs, menace pour le Kenya? " ("Shabaab: Threat to Kenya?").