Nathaniel Powell

Nathaniel obtained his PhD in International History from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. His dissertation focused on French military interventions in Africa during the 1970s and early 1980s. While continuing to pursue this line of research, he is also interested in broader questions of foreign military interventions and civil wars in Africa. He is currently working on a book project focusing on French involvement in Chad's civil wars in the 1970s and 1980s.


Selected publications
“The ‘Cuba of the West?’ France’s Cold War in Zaire, 19771978.” Journal of Cold War Studies. Forthcoming

“The UNHCR and Zimbabwean Refugees in Mozambique, 19751980.” Refugee Survey Quarterly. 32, no. 4:4165. 2013.

“The Claustre Affair: A Hostage Crisis, France, and Civil War in Chad, 19741977,” in Hanhimäki, Jussi and Bernhard Blumenau (ed). An International History of Terrorism. Western and Nonwestern Experiences. Routledge, 2013.

“La France, les EtatsUnis et la Force interafricaine au Zaïre (19781979),” Relations internationales, 2012/2 (n. 150).


He has also contributed a paper to the series Papiers d'actualité of the Foundation:

Thirty Years of War: Soviet Legacies and Today's Challenges in Afghanistan