Smith graduated in anthropology at the Sorbonne in Paris and obtained his Ph.D. in 1983 from Berlin’s Free University. The former deputy editor of the foreign desk at Le Monde and, previously, Africa editor of Libération, he worked for many years as traveling correspondent in Africa for Reuters and Radio France International. He is the (co-)author of sixteen monographs, of country reports (Nigeria, CAR) for the International Crisis Group and consultancies for the UN, in addition to numerous journalistic and academic publications. He contributes to the London Review of Books and also works as historical consultant for the film industry (Whisper to A Roar, Plot for Peace). Olivier Assayas’s film Carlos, which won in 2010 a Golden Globe and both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Foreign Language Film, is based on his research.
- Recent Papers, Books and Preprints
- Carayannis, T; Lombard, L, Making Sense of the Central African Republic
pp. 256 pages, Zed Books [abs].
- Smith, S, Behind France’s Foray into Mali,
Current History, a Journal of Contemporary World Affairs
- Smith, SW, France in Africa: A New Chapter?,
Current History, vol. 112 no. 754
pp. 163-168, CURRENT HIST INC [Gateway.cgi].
- GLASER, A; SMITH, SW, Sarko en Afrique
pp. 152 pages, Plon [abs].
- Smith, SW, Sudan: In a Procrustean Bed with Crisis,
International Negotiation, vol. 16 no. 1
pp. 169-189, Brill [doi] [abs].