Laurent Bonnefoy
Research Fellow, CNRS
Phone: +33 (0)1 58 71 70 73 / +33 (0)6 99 83 94 94 -

Born in 1980, Laurent Bonnefoy holds a double degree in political science and in Arabic and specializes in the study of contemporary Salafist movements in the Arabian Peninsula. He joined CERI in January 2013 as CNRS research fellow and is currently the deputy principal investigator of the European Research Council Advanced Grant “When authoritarianism fails in the Arab world” (WAFAW-2013-2017), run by François Burgat. Laurent Bonnefoy graduated from Sciences Po in 2001 and received his PhD in political science and international relations in 2007.
He was a research associate at the French Center for Archeology and Social Sciences in Sana (CEFAS) between 2001 and 2009 and a research fellow in charge of the Palestine Office of the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO) from 2010 to 2012. He also consulted for the International Crisis Group (2009), was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Research and Study on Arabic and Muslim World (2008-2009), and taught at the Universities of Tours and Sana.

Work in Progress

- Politicization of Salafist movements
- Revolutionary processes in the Arab world
- Transnational religious mobilizations and networks
- Leisure activities of the Arab youth
- Social movements in the Arabic Peninsula
- Yemenite political spectrum

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Main Publications

- Jeunesses arabes. Du Maroc au Yémen : loisirs, cultures et politiques (en co-direction avec Myriam Catusse), Paris, La Découverte, 2013.

- Yémen. Le tournant révolutionnaire (co-direction avec Franck Mermier et Marine Poirier), Paris, Karthala/CEFAS, 2012.

- Salafism in Yemen. Transnationalism and Religious Identity, Londres/New York, Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2011.

- « La structuration de la révolution yéménite. Essai d’analyse d’un processus en marche » (en collaboration avec Marine Poirier), Revue française de science politique, Vol. 62, n°6, 2012, pp. 895-913.

- “Jihadi violence in Yemen: dealing with local, regional and international contingencies” in Jeevan Deol, Zaheer Kazmi (dir.), Contextualising Jihadi Thought, Londres, Hurst, 2011, pp. 251-266.

- « La guerre de Sa‘da : des singularités yéménites à l’agenda international », Critique internationale, n°48, 2010, pp. 137-159.

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