Dr François Grignon has been the Central Africa Project Director for the International Crisis Group since September 2000. He has been studying Eastern African politics since 1993 and was previously deputy-director of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), based in Nairobi. A graduate from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and a former Senior Associate Member at St Antony's College, Oxford, Dr Grignon has writen numerous articles and edited three books on the politics and political economy of East and Central African countries. Since he's joined ICG, Dr Grignon has authored and edited more than twenty reports and briefing papers of the political situation in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He briefes regularly the UN Security Council on progress made by the peace processes in the Great Lakes and in March 2003 he testified to the Africa sub-committee of the US House of Representatives International Relations Committee on the situation in the DRC.