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Africa Intelligence has been present on the web since 1996 and is the leading African news site for professionals.

The Africa Intelligence editorial team produces five confidential newsletters: West Africa Newsletter, The Indian Ocean Newsletter, Maghreb Confidential, Africa Energy Intelligence and Africa Mining Intelligence. Headed by Executive Director Philippe Vasset, it has been chronicling the activities of African decision-makers for more than 20 years, paying particular attention to relations between the political authorities and business world.

Africa Intelligence is published in Paris by an independent press group called Indigo Publications which depends entirely on revenues from subscriptions and the sale of individual articles. As an advocate of total editorial independence, it accepts no advertising, carries out no consulting work and has no external shareholders

Long-read editor: Philippe Vasset

Investigative journalist Philippe Vasset joined Indigo Publications in 1999, working as correspondent in the United States, editor of Africa Energy Intelligence and, then from 2007 to 2014, as editor of Intelligence Online. He was promoted to editorial director in 2015, after a sabbatical year.

He has a masters’ degrees in philosophy and geography from Paris IV University and studied in Washington DC at the John Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He is also the author of six novels.

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West Africa Newsletter was founded in 1985 and is the publication of reference on power circles in West and Central Africa. In both the political and economic fields, our publication goes well beyond the official news, pinpointing the men and women who exercise power and influence behind the scenes, outside the official circuits, and describing their contact networks in close detail.

For more than 30 years, West Africa Newsletter has been reporting in detail on political life in each country in the region, identifying up-and-coming players in the subcontinent's presidential offices. Our publication sheds light on the interactions between politics and the business world and unveils those involved in preparing major commercial contracts. Our confidential letter also focuses, beyond the familiar lobbyists from Europe and North America, on emerging players wishing to take advantage of the opportunities of this now fully-globalized continent. Powerful men and women acting on behalf of Chinese, Russian, Saudi or African leaders and interests are increasingly inviting themselves onto the West and Central African scene and deserve a sharp decoding.

The team

Frédéric Lejeal joined Indigo Publications in November 2009 as deputy editor-in-chief of La Lettre du Continent. In September 2010 he became editor-in-chief of the publication. Lejeal obtained a master's degree in African Studies from the Sorbonne University. He later wrote a PhD thesis on “Thomas Sankara’s foreign policy” at the Centre d'Etudes d'Afrique Noire (CEAN, Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux). Lejeal began contributing to the magazine Marches Tropicaux & Méditerranéens, going on to becoming its deputy editor-in-chief. He lived for three years in West Africa and has travelled widely in Africa, spending time in more than 35 countries. He is the author of several publications, including “Burkina Faso” (Karthala, 2002) and “Burkina Faso's foreign policy under Thomas Sankara” (Ellipses, 2005).
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Paul Deutschmann joined Indigo Publications in 2018. He holds a master’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, obtained in 2017. He studied at the University of Cairo, Egypt from 2015 to 2016. Deutschmann was a military affairs and peace keeping attaché at the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York. He also has worked as an advisor on West Africa for a consultancy firm.
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The Indian Ocean Newsletter was set up in 1981 and was Indigo Publications’ first newsletter. It covers politics and business in African countries bordering the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, from Sudan down to Mozambique. It follows political life in the individual countries of the region and its relationship with the business world. It goes beyond the official news to identify the men and women behind the political and business news in their respective countries and details their contact networks. The Indian Ocean Newsletter is published fortnightly.

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Tristan Coloma joined Indigo Publications in 2014 as deputy editor of The Indian Ocean Newsletter before going on to become editor. Before that, he had worked for Le Monde Diplomatique and Le Monde. He has carried out numerous reporting missions and investigations in sub-Saharan Africa. He also writes scientific articles on Asian commercial ventures in Africa, notably for the International Institute of Social Studies (IISS) in The Hague.
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Ulysse Osmont joined Indigo Publications in 2018. He holds a Political Science master’s degree in African studies from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne as well as degree in economics. He contributed to several publications - Liberté, Le Bonhomme Libre (Caen), The Africa Report (Paris) and The Daily Monitor (Kampala, Uganda) - before joining The Indian Ocean Newsletter.
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Founded in 1990, Maghreb Confidential covers the power structures in Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. A weekly publication, it follows the activities of the leading families which hold power in the different countries in the region, explains what is happening behind the scenes in the diplomatic and major contract negotiations and analyses the key issues in the region.

The team

Lazare Beullac joined Indigo Publications in October 2008. He has a master’s degree in international relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) in Paris and has worked in Tunis and Dubai. He became editor of Maghreb Confidential in June 2012.
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Sarah Vernhes has been a specialist writer at Indigo Publications since December 2016. She graduated from the Ecole de Journalisme de Nice in 2011. She has carried out reporting missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for Le Point, L’Express and Le Point Afrique.
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Africa Energy Intelligence was founded in 1983 and is a publication of reference for all involved in the African oil and gas and electricity sectors. Over 35 years, it has reported on the behind the scenes side of the negotiations for exploration and production permits and oil trading. It keeps a detailed log of the activities of local lobbies and the diplomatic manoeuvring of oil majors. It identifies the men and women who exercise their power out of the public eye and reveals the details of their contact networks. Africa Energy Intelligence appears every two weeks.

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Benjamin Auge joined Indigo Publications in August 2008. He is a doctor of geography from the Institut Francais de Geopolitique (Université Paris 8) and, since June 2010, has been a researcher partner at the sub-Saharan African department of the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (IFRI). He lectures regularly at the Ecole de Guerre, HEC, Sciences Po Paris, ENA and different engineering schools. His research work focuses on governance in the oil, gas and electricity sectors in African countries.
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Noé Michalon joined Indigo Publications in 2018. He worked at the French Embassy in Kampala, Uganda, from 2013 to 2014. He graduated with a double master’s degree in journalism and international relations from Paris Institute of Political Studies in 2017 and has worked with several leading French publications (Le Monde, La Croix, Géopolis Afrique) as well as a private pan-African press agency based in Ivory Coast, Alerte Info. He also graduated with a master’s in African Studies from Oxford University in 2018.
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Africa Mining Intelligence was set up in 2000 and is the latest creation of Africa Intelligence. Published fortnightly, it quickly established itself as required reading for mining sector professionals, including brokers, financiers, geologists and senior civil servants. It explains the political and economic strategies of the different players in the African mining sector, covering the whole range of mining activities, taking in project financing and logistics, as well as negotiations with governments and local populations. Africa Mining Intelligence also offers specific coverage of the West African gold mining industry and the Copperbelt.

The team

Louise Margolin joined Indigo Publications in March 2015. She is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and the University of California. She has worked for the French embassy in Eritrea and Mali as a task officer. Former country risk analyst for a security company that operates in West Africa and the Sahel region; she also spent time in Cairo, where she carried out a study on Egyptian energy.
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