Born in 1980, Laurent Bonnefoy is a CNRS research fellow (CR1) at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CERI – Sciences Po) since January 2013. He is deputy principal investigator of WAFAW project. In the framework of the project, he focuses primarily on the dynamics of politicization within the Salafi movements, in particular in the Arabian Peninsula.
He submitted a Ph.D. in International relations under the supervision of Bertrand Badie in October 2007 at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. He was later a researcher and branch director at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) between September 2010 and December 2012 in the Palestinian Territories.
A result of extensive field work in various regions of Yemen, his doctoral thesis focused on contemporary transnational religious relations between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. This research was particularly interested in the development and adaptation of the Salafi movement in the context of Yemen, where it is widely seen as exogenous.
Between November 2007 and June 2009, post-doc in the ANR project «From the Persian Gulf to Europe: between violence and counter-violence», headed by François Burgat, he continued my fieldwork in the Arabian Peninsula by focusing in particular on the roots of political violence and on Islamist militant trajectories.
His book, Salafism in Yemen. Transnationalism and Religious Identity, was published in late 2011 by Hurst & Co. and Columbia University Press. He also co-edited two volumes, one being a special issue of The MuslimWorld (2011) on violence in the Gulf region, the other Yémen. Le tournant révolutionnaire (2012) published by Karthala.