For the last decade, my research interests have focused on the motivations and effects of western ethical foreign policy in the Global South. Understanding ethical foreign policy as those policies that are explicitly designed around the well-being of the receiving societies cf. democracy promotion, development, good governance and humanitarian interventions, I specifically focused on the EU’s policies in sub-Saharan Africa to understand their limited success and potential alternatives like autonomous recovery and genuine ownership beyond self-management. I started my PhD research ‘In the Name of Human Rights. The Problematics of EU Ethical Foreign Policy in Africa and Elsewhere’ at the European University Institute in Florence (2001), did an internship at DG RELEX of the European Commission (2003), was a Visiting Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris and did fieldwork in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somaliland. From 2010 to 2013 I was a journalist at the Brussels based monthly magazine, MO*. As the Africa desk editor I had the opportunity to travel extensively in the continent.

Research Interests

Research Clusters

  • Citizenship 'Race' and Beloning (CRaB)
  • Francophone Africa

Discipline Areas

  • Decoloniality and Postcolonial Critique
  • International Relations, Global Ethics
  • State- and peace building, (humanitarian) interventions
  • Democracy and democratization
  • EU Studies (global actor, foreign policy)
  • Area Studies (sub-Saharan Africa)

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