Mehler, Prof. Dr. Andreas

andreas.mehler [at]
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 (link is external) since October 2015 after having served as director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs (link is external) in Hamburg (2002-2015). Mehler is member of the Centre of Security and Society (link is external) at the University of Freiburg. He is co-editor (with Henning Melber of the academic open access review ‘Africa Spectrum (link is external)’ (together with Henning Melber). With various co-editors, he has published the yearly ‘Africa Yearbook. Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (link is external)’ at Brill publishers (Leiden; 2005 - ongoing). He is member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of African Affairs (link is external), Critique Internationale (link is external), and International Area Studies Review (link is external). Mehler is founding member and member of the board of CrossArea (link is external). He has been Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the German Association of African Studies (Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland, VAD (link is external); 2002-2016), member of the Board of AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdiscipilinary Studies (link is external); 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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