François Burgat, is a senior researcher in Political science at the CNRS / IREMAM. He was project investigator of the ERC WAFAW project until November 2017. Between May 2008 and April 2013 , he served as director of the Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) and earlier (1997-2003) headed the Centre français d’Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales de Sanaa (CEFAS).
François Burgat has devoted his career to the analysis of political systems and civil societies in the contemporary Arab world. In doing that he has also assumed a wide range of academic and institutional responsibilities in a large number of international instances.
He published L’islamisme à l’heure d’Al-Qaida : réislamisation, modernisation, radicalisations, (translations in English, Arabic and Spanish), L’Islamisme en face (translations in English, Spanish and Portuguese) and L’Islamisme au Maghreb (translations in English, Arabic, Italian).