Experts & Staff

Andrew Lebovich

Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Religion, politics, and society in North Africa; the Sahara; the Sahel

Languages

English, French, Arabic

Biography

Andrew Lebovich is a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. His research focuses on North Africa and the Sahel.

Lebovich is currently a doctoral candidate in African History at Columbia University in New York, where he studies religion, politics, and society in North Africa, the Sahara, and the Sahel. He previously worked for the Open Society Initiative in West Africa (OSIWA) as a Sahel consultant, advising the organisation on political, social, and security issues in West Africa and the Sahel, and for the New America Foundation. He has lived and conducted field and archival research in France, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Mali, and Niger.

Lebovich graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in History in 2009. His writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and the Combating Terrorism Center’s publication Sentinel, among other outlets.

France’s strongman strategy in the Sahel

The French response to internal threats in North African countries has been to reinforce authoritarian rule to keep the peace. But it could inflame miltancy in the long run, especially in Chad and Libya. 

The death of a jihadist: A chance to curb Mali’s conflict

Last month, French forces in Mali killed one of the Sahel’s most prominent jihadist leaders, Amadou Koufa – his death is a brief opportunity for Mali’s government and the international community

Mali, Algeria, and the uneasy search for peace

This summer, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was re-elected to Mali's presidency; his plan for peace in the country can stem the conflict, but as the Algerian case shows, the process of reconciliation can be daunting 

Publications

Articles

Russia’s long shadow in the Sahel

The EU’s values-led foreign policy and its stabilisation objectives in the Sahel are in tension with each other. Russia is now waiting to exploit that tension.

Why UN votes shouldn’t define Europe-Africa relations

Many Europeans were disappointed with how African countries voted on UN resolutions to condemn Russia’s war on Ukraine. But they should remember that African states still need to diversify their partnerships.

Endless concessions: Spain’s tilt to Morocco

Spain’s recent move has little to do with peace in Western Sahara and everything to do with its desire to mend ties with Morocco. But, ultimately, Spain has only made itself more vulnerable to Moroccan pressure.

Specials

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In the media