Working for a safer and stronger Europe
RUSI Europe engages researchers to help solve urgent security, defence, and foreign policy challenges of interest to Europe and the North Atlantic
RUSI Europe is an international research institute, independent of government, and is committed to objectivity, integrity and impartiality in all of its work. Our mission is to leverage the Institute’s research capacities to inform policy-making at the EU, NATO and among their member states.
Based in Brussels, RUSI Europe builds on the Royal United Services Institute’s almost 200 years of expertise in security and defence. We carry out research, provide a forum for security and defence dialogues, and are committed to help solve the most urgent security and defence challenges.
In the vast expanse of Africa, the whisperings of a butterfly’s wings can summon a storm. Gabon, a small country on the equator, is the latest to feel this storm’s rage as a coup d’état threatens to unsettle its political landscape. The recent ousting of its government is not an isolated event but a powerful echo of Françafrique’s intricate history and its lingering influence. How is the French legacy viewed today, and what role does it play in the recent wave of coups?