Maja Bovcon - West Africa Analyst
Maja Bovcon
I am a senior analyst at Maplecroft. I study political, economic, social and security situation in West African countries and evaluate development and investment opportunities in this fast-changing environment.

Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular West and Francophone Africa, has been the focus of my research for the past seven years. I hold a PhD in Politics and International Relations and a Master's in African Studies. My articles were published in peer-reviewed journals and magazines such as the Foreign Policy. I delivered consultancy services to the Foreign Office of the UK government and acted as an expert witness for the U.S. and U.K.-based international law firms. I am a country specialist within the West Africa Coordination Group of Amnesty International. I fluently speak English and French.

I am always keen to collaborate with policy makers, non-governmental organizations and private entities to explain the implications of my research.
Contact
dr. Maja Bovcon
mb@wa-analyst.com
Curriculum Vitae
Selected Papers & Articles

EDUCATION:

2012 DPhil in Politics, University of Oxford, UK
2006 MSc in African Studies, University of Oxford, UK
2003 BA in Comparative Literature and French Language,
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts

ACADEMIC AND WORK EXPERIENCE:

2014 - Senior Analyst, Maplecroft
2013 - Contry Specialist, West Africa Coordination Group,
Amnesty International
2013 - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hofstra University;
Course title: ‘Geography of Africa’
2013 Consultant, Ergo
2012 International Crisis Group, Dakar office, September - December 2012
2012 Briefed the outgoing British Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire on Franco-Ivorian relations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, May 2012
2012 Expert witness, Bindmans LLP
2011 Updated entry on Gabon in Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
2011 - Peer reviewed for European Journal of International Relations (EJIR), Journal of Modern African Studies (JMAS)
2010 - 2012 Adjunct teaching position, New York State University at Stony Brook;
Course titles: ‘History of post-colonial Africa’, ‘Introduction to modern African History’
2007 - 2009 Visiting Student Researcher at University of California at Berkeley, USA
2008 Expert witness, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
2007 - 2008 Fieldwork in Côte d'Ivoire and France
Interviewed representatives of various French and Ivorian ministries, Chambers of Commerce, French expatriate associations, representatives of the French Embassy, French military operation Licorne in Côte d'Ivoire, the UN members and many others.

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES:

‘Françafrique and the Regime Theory’, European Journal of International Relations (EJIR), Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 5-26 (2013)

‘French Repatriates from Côte d'Ivoire and Resilience of Françafrique’, Modern and Contemporary France, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 283-299 (2009)

‘France's Conflict Resolution Strategy in Côte d'Ivoire and its Ethical Implications’, African Studies Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2009)

NON PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES:

‘After Gbagbo, Then What?’, Foreign Policy, 7 April 2011.

‘Der Wahlverlierer schlägt zurück’, Welt-sichten, April 2011.

– ‘Ivory Coast: civil war continues?’, Life Week, 12 April 2011.

INVITED TALKS:

– ‘Why repeated elections don't always lead to better democracy: the case of Côte d'Ivoire and the need for stronger institutions’, Johns Hopkins SAIS, February 22, 2012, Washington D.C.

– ‘The 2010 presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire: was it worth the wait?' Invited seminar, University of Cambridge, January 24, 2011, Cambridge, UK

– ‘Pitfalls of power-sharing in Côte d'Ivoire', workshop on ‘Power sharing in comparative perspective’, University of Oxford, November 26, 2009, Oxford, UK

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

– ‘The progress of judicial reforms in Côte d'Ivoire under Ouattara's presidency’, African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, November 29-December 1, 2012, Philadelphia, PA

– ‘A comparative analysis of France's military interventions in Libya and Côte d'Ivoire in 2011’, International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, April 1-4, 2012, San Diego, CA

– ‘Why repeated elections don't always lead to better democracy: the case of Côte d'Ivoire and the need for stronger institutions’, African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, November 17-19, 2011, Washington D.C.

– ‘Elite interviews and triangulation: fieldwork experience in France and Côte d'Ivoire’, Short Course ‘Improving Your Field Research Anywhere: Methods, Practices, Strategies, and Technologies’ at American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, September 1-4, 2011, Seattle, WA

– ‘The 2010 presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire: the end of the Ivorian crisis?’, International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, March 16-19, 2011, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

– ‘Interaction of domestic and systemic factors in shaping France's African policy’, International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, February 17-20, 2010, New Orleans, LA

– ‘African “ownership”: between theory and practice’, Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Meeting, March 19-21, 2009, Vancouver, BC, Canada

– ‘French repatriates from Côte d'Ivoire: unwanted colonial legacy?’, ISA-West Annual Conference, September 26-27, 2008, San Francisco, CA

– ‘Ivoirité: inequality at the intersection of nationhood and economy in Côte d'Ivoire’, American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, August 28-31, 2008, Boston, MA

– ‘What is wrong with Ivoirité: disputes over citizenship in Côte d'Ivoire’, Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Meeting, March 20-22, 2008, San Diego, CA

– ‘France's Conflict Resolution in Côte d'Ivoire and its Ethical Implications’, ISA-West Annual Conference, September 28-29, 2007, San Francisco, CA

– ‘France's Conflict Resolution Strategy in Côte d'Ivoire: Success or Failure?’, Conference of the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD), June 20-21, 2007, Paris, France

– ‘The confrontation of cultures as a condition for the democratization of globalization process’, Annual conference of the Slovenian Political Science Association, May 26-27, 2005, Portorož, Slovenia

OTHER SKILLS:

Languages: Slovene, French, English (active); Italian, Croatian, Serbian (passive)
Statistical software: Stata


PREPRINTS:

‘The Progress in Establishing the Rule of Law in Côte d’Ivoire under Ouattara’s Presidency’, under review since February 2013

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES (preprint text available upon request):

‘Françafrique and the Regime Theory’, European Journal of International Relations (EJIR), Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 5-26 (2013)

‘French Repatriates from Côte d'Ivoire and Resilience of Françafrique’, Modern and Contemporary France, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 283-299 (2009)

‘France's Conflict Resolution Strategy in Côte d'Ivoire and its Ethical Implications’, African Studies Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2009)

NON PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES:

‘After Gbagbo, Then What?’, Foreign Policy, 7 April 2011.

‘Der Wahlverlierer schlägt zurück’, Welt-sichten, April 2011.

‘Ivory Coast: civil war continues?’, Life Week, 12 April 2011.