Yvan Guichaoua joins us in September 2015 as convenor of the MA International Conflict and Security. Prior to this, from 2011, Yvan was a lecturer in International Politics at the University of East Anglia. He is also a former teaching fellow at Yale University and research officer at the University of Oxford. His focus is the dynamics of insurgency formation, rebel governance and state responses in Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Niger since 2004. Since 2007, Yvan Guichaoua has been studying Tuareg recurring rebellions in Niger and Mali and the rise of Jihadism in the Sahel. His works pays close attention to the complex interactions between violent entrepreneurs, low level combatants and civilian populations shaping the success or failure of irregular armed groups as well as the forms of violence they perpetrate. Yvan engages regularly with the policy-making community (International Crisis Group, World Bank etc) and is frequently consulted by the media on the Sahelian crisis.