Mehler, Prof. Dr. Andreas

andreas.mehler [at]
+49 (0)761 888 78 14
Areas of Research: 
Power-sharing after peacebuilding, violent conflicts, crisis prevention, German and French politics in Africa
Regional Focus: 
Central Africa, West Africa


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Andreas Mehler is director of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute and Professor of Political Science at Freiburg University since October 2015 after having served as director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs in Hamburg (2002-2015). He is the President of the Executive Council of the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA). Mehler is member of the Centre of Security and Society at the University of Freiburg. From 2009 to 2018 he was co-editor  of the academic open access review ‘Africa Spectrum’ (together with Henning Melber; last issue under this editorship is 1/2018). With various co-editors, he has published the yearly ‘Africa Yearbook. Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara’ at Brill publishers (Leiden; 2005 - ongoing). He is member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of African Affairs, Critique Internationale, and International Area Studies Review. Mehler is founding member and president of the board of CrossArea and member of the scientific advisory board of the german foundation for peace research. He has been Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the German Association of African Studies (Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland, VAD; 2002-2016), member of the Board of AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdiscipilinary Studies; 2008-2016), member of the advisory board of the initiative of Germany’s Federal President “Partnership with Africa” (2005-2008), and member of the advisory council on conflict prevention for the Federal German Government (2013-15).


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