Bio and Research Interests

Research interests

Economics of Conflicts and Redistribution
Political institutions
Civil wars, and transnational terrorism
African Economies


Jean-Paul Azam is a professor of economics at the Toulouse School of Economics, University of Toulouse and a member of ARQADE and IAST. After publishing mainly on the macroeconomics of Africa, he has focused since the mid-1990s on explaining violent conflict and its prevention, with application to foreign aid, civil war, and transnational terrorism.

Current position

Professor of Economics, University Toulouse 1 Capitole


1983French Nationwide Competition for Recruitment of University Professors in Economics
1982Doctorat d'État ès Sciences Économiques, Aix-en-Provence II
1980Ph.D. (Economics), The London School of Economics, Londres

Grants and awards

2009Officier dans l'ordre des Palmes Académiques
November 2008Melville J. Herskovitz Award, Honorable Mention for the book "Trade, Exchange Rate and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa" (Cambridge University Press)
1999Senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France


  • Bénin: Une évaluation du climat des investissementsø, Banque Mondiale, novembre 2005.

    (avec Philippe Alby, George Clarke, Magueye Dia et Jean-Michel Marchat)


Presentations in conferences

  • "Will African Growth Survive Beyond the Commodity Boom?", june 2014. [ Full text ]
    (with Véronique Thelen (University of Rennes))
  • "Pipelines across Fault Line: Shifting Alliances in Chad and Sudan", december 2012. [ Full text ]



  • "La vue du sang et l’Apocalypse: ce qui motive les recrues de Daesh", november 2016. [ Full text ]
  • "L’oléoduc et le choc des civilisations: renversements d’alliance au Soudan et au Tchad", november 2013.[ Full text ]