Johannes Claes

Research Fellow


  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Migration


  • Sub Saharan Africa

Johannes Claes is a Research Fellow with Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit. He focuses on matters of political economy and governance in the Sahel.

From 2017 to 2019 he lived in various countries in West Africa working on migration and displacement issues. Johannes worked for the Mixed Migration Center in Dakar where he led a regional data collection and analysis project on mixed migration flows and before that for Médecins du Monde in Niger, where he worked on humanitarian projects mainly in the regions of Agadez and Tillabéri.

Prior to his field postings he worked for several years for the International Crisis Group in Brussels. Johannes holds a MA in History and an MSc in Economic Policy from the University of Leuven (K.U.L.).

My work



Conflict and Fragility

Elections in Niger: casting ballots or casting doubts

21 December 2020 - 12:09
Conflict and Fragility

Towards mutually beneficial EU-West African migration cooperation

30 November 2020 - 12:25
Conflict and Fragility

Migration and Development in the new EU Budget ​​​​​​​

27 October 2020 - 20:58
Conflict and Fragility

Economic & governance effects of migration policies in Agadez

05 October 2020 - 11:00

The politics of Covid-19 in the Sahel

13 May 2020 - 12:55