Corentin Cohen is Oxpo post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) and a research fellow at the CERI/Sciences Po in Paris.
Corentin defended his thesis at Sciences Po in 2017 on the politics of images in armed conflicts. His PhD looked particularly at the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad and at the Primeiro Comando da Capital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has completed several years of research in these countries to gather original materials and observe these conflits. His doctoral dissertation was awarded the Bastien Hirondelle prize in 2018.
Corentin’s research at the DPIR compares France and the UK’s military cooperations with Nigeria and Cameroon. Using original datas, interviews and observations, it will focus on the assessment and the evolutions over time of these policies. Corentin’s contribution is threefold: it engages in a discussion on the political expectations regarding the outcomes of military cooperations and how these expectations are translated into partnerships ; it questions the post colonial relations between these countries to develop comparison with other military actors present in Africa such as the US, China, Turkey and Israel. Finally it will contribute to a history of bilateral relations between Nigeria, Cameroon, France and the UK.
Corentin’s other research interest draw from the issue of human trafficking between Nigeria and Europe ; African economical and political elites ; drug and illicit economies in Brazil, the use of images and media in contemporary conflicts.
Corentin lectures at Sciences Po and at the Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. He his a fellow of the IFRA Ibadan.