Bruno Charbonneau

Director, Centre FrancoPaix in Conflict Resolution and Peace Mission

Bruno Charbonneau (PhD Queen’s University) is Associate Professor of International Studies at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Canada. He is cofounder and Director of the Centre FrancoPaix in Conflict Resolution and Peace Missions of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He specializes in the international politics of armed conflict management, with a particular expertise in the Francophone West African Sahel. He is currently working on the consequences of counterinsurgency practices in the Sahel and how international intervention policy is transformed by and through an increasing emphasis on the Sahel as a space for climate intervention and experimentation. His research has been funded by, among others, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, Global Affairs Canada, and the Canadian Ministry of National Defence. He is the author of France and the New Imperialism: Security Policy in sub-Saharan Africa (2008), and coeditor of Peace Operations in the Francophone World: Global Governance Meets Post-Colonialism (2014), Peacebuilding, Memory and Reconciliation: Bridging Top -down and Bottom-up Approaches (2012) and Locating Global Order: American Power and Canadian Security After 9/11 (2010). His research has been published in several world-renowned academic journals: Review of International Studies, International Political Sociology, International Peacekeeping, Les Temps modernes, Afrique contemporaine, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Conflict, Security & Development, Civil Wars, Canadian Journal of Political Science, and more. Current publication projects include a book manuscript on Mali (with Adam Sandor and Jonathan Sears) under contract with Zed Books, and the edited Routledge Handbook of African Peacebuilding, under contract with Routledge

Bruno is speaking at

September 3, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


  • Bruno Charbonneau (Speaker) Director, Centre FrancoPaix in Conflict Resolution and Peace Mission
  • Robert Zougmoré (Speaker) Africa Program Leader, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
  • Catherine-Lune Grayson-Courtemanche (Speaker) Policy Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Rachael Mcdonnell (Speaker) Strategic Program Director, IWMI
  • Rigmor Koti (Speaker) Special Representative for the Sahel, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ornella Moderan (Speaker) Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Head of Sahel Programme


The Sahel is a particular case where the interaction between climate-conflict can be strongly observed. With a high-dependence on rain-fed agriculture and livestock, climate variability, especially droughts, leave pastoralists and smallholders in this region particularly vulnerable. Moreover, the region remains fragile, embodied by factors such as weak capacity of the state, inter-group inequality and a history of violent conflict.

In this Webinar, our Guest Speakers will discuss the drivers of conflict in the Sahel, and how climate-smart interventions can help to alleviate these tensions.

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