School of Languages and Area Studies


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Professor Tony Chafer

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) French Studies (Nottingham University), L-ès-L English Literature and Civilisation (Université de Nantes), MA European Studies (Reading University) MA Area Studies: Africa (School of Oriental & African Studies, London University), PhD History (London University)
  • Role Title: Professor of French and African Studies
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6131
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  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Tony Chafer is Professor of French and African Studies at the University of Portsmouth and was Director of its Centre for European and International Studies Research since 2001-2016. His main research interests lie in French African policy in the colonial and post-colonial periods and he has recently been working on French military and security policy in Africa. He is Co-I on a major Leverhulme-funded research project Mobilising Support for Militaro-Humanitarian Interventions in Africa.

He is a Research Associate of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. He acts as a consultant to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on French African policy and has been president of the UK Council for Area Studies Associations (UKCASA) since August 2015.


Research Clusters

  • Francophone Africa
  • Security, Citizenship and Social Justice

Discipline Areas

  • Area Studies
  • History

Current Research

My main research interests are in French relations with sub-Saharan Africa in the colonial and post-colonial periods. My book The End of Empire in French West Africa was published in 2002. My other areas of research interest include colonial memory in France and Francophone Africa and EU security policy in Africa. I recently published two edited volumes, Francophone Africa at 50 (with Alexander Keese: Manchester University Press) and Peace Operations in the Francophone World (with Bruno Charbonneau: Routledge), and a report on Franco-Senegalese relations 2000-2012 for the South African Institute of African Affairs. I am currently undertaking research on French military policy in Africa.


Research profile

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