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Ousmane Aly Diallo is a Ph.D. Candidate and a Doctoral Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. His research interests include the role of identity and legitimacy in the ownership of international interventions by national actors in West Africa, with an emphasis on the collaboration between the UN and regional organizations such as ECOWAS and the G5 Sahel.

Ousmane has previously worked as a Protection Assistant on statelessness issues in West Africa, with the UNHCR regional representation in West Africa, and as a junior research fellow at the Institute of Security Studies’ Dakar and Nairobi offices. He’s a member of “L’Afrique des Idées” and is also involved in the development of a new citizen-driven and participative think tank, WATHI, which aims to engage political decision-makers and citizens, on the structural challenges impeding the well-being of West Africa’s citizens.

Ousmane received his M.Sc. in Political Science from the Université de Montréal and his Master’s thesis focused on the role of identity in China’s Africa Policy.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • 2015: Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2011: Fonds d’amélioration à la vie étudiante Scholarship, Université de Montréal
  • 2010: Scholarship, Copiebec


  • Barthelemy BLEDE, Fatimata Ouedraogo, Ousmane Aly DIALLO. 2015.https://www.issafrica.org/publications/west-africa-report/benins-maritime-security-challenges-in-the-gulf-of-guinea>Benin’s Maritime Security Challenges in the Gulf of Guinea.
  • Ousmane Aly DIALLO, Paulin Maurice Toupane, Fatimata Ouedraogo, Esso-Wedeou Gnamke, Ibrahim Maiga. 2015. https://www.issafrica.org/iss-today/2015-elections-in-west-africa-turbulent-times-ahead>2015 elections in West Africa: turbulent times ahead.
  • Ousmane Aly DIALLO, Fatimata Ouedraogo, Esso-Wedeou Gnamke, Ibrahim Maiga. 2014. https://www.issafrica.org/iss-today/west-africa-after-compaore>West Africa after Compaore.
  • M.Sc. in Political Science (2012), Université de Montréal
  • B.Sc. in Political Science (2010), Université de Montréal

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