Komlan Avoulete is a US-based international relations analyst, researcher, and author with expertise in African affairs and U.S.-Africa relations. He also contributes to the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Africa program and International Policy Digest, where he provides insightful analysis on various topics related to Africa.
Komlan is originally from Togo (West Africa), and the acuity of his analysis of African affairs is globally well-known. His publications have been widely circulated and cited by newspapers, students, academic institutions, and IR experts around the world.
Komlan is passionate about diplomacy, foreign policy, security intelligence, and education. These passions have driven him to focus his career in the field of diplomacy and international relations with organizations, such as the Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia, the Counterterrorism Group, World Learning, and the U.S. Department of State.
Komlan has played an instrumental role in the design and implementation of several international exchange programs administered by the U.S. Department of State, notably the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He has collaborated with the U.S. Department of State program officers, National Program Agency experts, community-based members, and subject matter experts to support and advance U.S. foreign policy goals through public diplomacy.
Komlan holds a B.S. in Sociology of Education from the University of Lomé (Togo), an A.A. in Global Studies from Delaware County Community College, and an M. A. in Diplomacy and International Relations specializing in international security and Africa from Seton Hall University. His master’s thesis examined the causes of the disparity in terrorist incidents within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Komlan is fluent in English, French, and Ewe. He enjoys hiking, running, writing, jujitsu, photography, and traveling. He also mentors students who are interested in pursuing a career in international affairs.