Nathalie E. Coste is a PhD candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris), affiliated with the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI).
She graduated from Sciences Po’s Research Master’s Degree in Political Science of International Relations in 2012. Her Master’s thesis focused on secessionist dynamics and state-building in Sudan and South Sudan.
She holds a scholarship position (doctoral contract, 2012-2015) and is a junior course lecturer (allocataire-monitrice) at Sciences Po Paris while advancing her PhD research.
The latter focuses on the impacts of (in)opportune interactions between local, regional and global stakeholders on separatism in Africa. It investigates the case of the Sudan(s), from 2002 to 2011. She wonders how come the creation of a new state ended up to be the only considered geopolitical solution to a civil conflict whose roots could, though, be accounted for by the nature of the institutional and political Sudanese state apparatus. It finally tries to highlight some of the paradoxes that one could identify by confronting local and international attitudes and processes.