Abdourahmane Idrissa

1 October - 18 December 2015

Abdourahmane Idrissa currently teaches international cooperation at the University of Niamey and runs a research and training program at a social sciences research center there. His research focuses on the political economy of democratization, political Islam and the problems of the integration processes in the West African region. He has recently published, with Samuel Decalo, a completely new edition of "The Historical Dictionary of Niger".

He obtained his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2003. His doctorate examines the relations between the francophone elite in Niger and other social groups (including the West African Muslim community) and their alternative visions of political and social order – and the way alternative notions of legitimacy and social order have gathered force in the context of democratizing efforts within a much-weakened state.