Andrew Lebovich is a Research Fellow with Clingendael's Conflict Research Unit. His research focuses on security and political issues in the Sahel (and North Africa) with a particular emphasis on religious mobilisation, armed conflict, and sources of local political and religious legitimacy. He is also a postdoctoral researcher with the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), researching the impact of European security initiatives in the Sahel.
Lebovich is also completing a dissertation in African History at Columbia University in New York, where he studies religion, politics, and society in North Africa, the Sahara, and the Sahel. His dissertation examines Muslim reformist movements in Algeria, Senegal, and Mali in the mid-20th century, as well as their continuing impact on politics and social life in the region. He previously worked for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) as a policy fellow, with the Open Society Initiative in West Africa (OSIWA) as a Sahel consultant, advising the organisation on political, social, and security issues in West Africa and the Sahel, and for the New America Foundation. He has lived and conducted field and archival research in France, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Mali, and Niger.