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Joost Hiltermann

Chief Operating Officer
Brussels, Belgium

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Joost is responsible for the oversight and management of Crisis Group's programs and operations around the world. He also leads the organisation’s strategic planning process.  Previously, Joost held the position of Deputy Program Director, Middle East and North Africa. During this time Joost managed a team of analysts based in the Middle East and North Africa to conduct research and write policy-focused reports on factors that increase the risk of and drive armed conflict.

Areas of expertise:

  • Iraq: political transition, constitutional process, the situation of the Kurds, Kirkuk and other disputed territories, oil, relations with neighbouring states
  • Bahrain
  • Yemen
  • Jordan
  • Israel-Palestine
  • Middle East region: security threats, authoritarianism and democratisation, political Islam, sectarianism
Professional background:
  • Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa, International Crisis Group (2007-2012)
  • Project Director, Middle East, International Crisis Group (2002-2007)
  • Executive Director, Arms Division of Human Rights Watch (1994-2002)
  • Director of Iraq Documents Project, HRW (1992-1994)
  • Research Director, Al-Haq (Ramallah) (1988-1990)
  • Analyst, Al-Haq (Ramallah) (1985-1988)
  • PhD, Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz (1988); MA, International Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1980)
  • He has written for The New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Financial Times, The National Interest, Middle East Report, and other publications
Affiliations:
  • Board Member, Center for Civilians in Conflict (previously known as CIVIC)
  • Advisory Board Member, Arab Regional Office of Open Society Foundations
  • Research Affiliate, MIT Center for International Studies
  • Consultant/Advisor, Dialogue Advisory Group
Frequent interviews with major media outlets, including BBC, CNN, The New York Times, Financial Times
  • Two books: A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja (Cambridge, 2007), and Behind the Intifada: Labor and Women’s Movements in the Occupied Territories (Princeton, 1991)
Languages:
  • English
  • Dutch
  • Arabic

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