Gérard Punier

Dr. 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 The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide (Columbia University Press, 1995). Darfur: A 21st Century Genocide (Cornell University Press, 2005) was hailed by Foreign Affairs as “the best available account of the Darfur crisis” while Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of Continental Catastrophe (Oxford University Press, 2008) 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 has 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. Prunier has 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.