The transition will only succeed if the government stabilises the economy and civilians work hard to tilt the balance of power away from the military
ECFR Alumni · Visiting Fellow
Areas of expertise
Sudan, Tunisia, Mauritania, Revolutions, Civil-Military Relations, Social Movements
French, English, Modern Standard Arabic, German (intermediate)
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Gallopin was a Visiting Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, based in Berlin, where he worked on Sudan. Before working with ECFR, Gallopin earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Yale University. His dissertation research on the Tunisian revolution of 2011 examined how collective dynamics shape the trajectories of countries in moments of upheaval, exploring issues of civil-military relations, elite bargaining, collective action, and violence.
Gallopin has been following Sudanese affairs since 2010 in different capacities, including as the Sudan researcher for Amnesty International, as a political analyst for a risk advisory firm, and as an independent consultant. His co-authored report for Amnesty, entitled “We Had No Time to Bury Them — War Crimes in Sudan’s Blue Nile State” was the first to document war crimes and potential crimes against humanity in the Blue Nile conflict.
Gallopin has published in Le Monde Diplomatique, The Washington Post, Democracy & Security, Aeon, Libération, Le Figaro, and Jadaliyya. He regularly appears as a commentator on international media, including Al Jazeera English, RFI, France 24, Deutsche Welle, and Bloomberg. In addition to this PhD, he holds a MA and a MPhil in Sociology from Yale, a MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a BA in Politics from Sciences Po Lyon.
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