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EJ Hogendoorn

Deputy Director, Africa
Washington, DC


EJ Hogendoorn is Crisis Group’s Africa Deputy Program Director. He is based in Washington, DC, and travels often to the region. EJ frequently briefs the media, international organisations and government representatives on African issues. EJ previously worked as Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa Project Director.

Areas of expertise:

  • Horn of Africa
  • International security threats
  • Arms embargoes and sanctions
  • Arms trade
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Piracy
  • Peacekeeping and peacemaking
  • Political economy of conflict

Professional background:

EJ was a former Arms Expert with the United Nations Panel of Experts on Somalia (2002-2003) and Sudan (2005-2006). Prior to that, he worked as a researcher for the Human Rights Watch Arms Division and with Amnesty International USA. He has a PhD in Public Affairs (Security Studies), Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.


EJ regularly contributes to television, radio, print, on-line media and documentaries, including: Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, National Public Radio, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, Radio France International, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The East African, and the Daily Nation.


  • English (native)
  • Dutch (spoken)
  • German (spoken)
  • Arabic (basic)


The Horn of Africa Food Crisis  

28 July 2011: Famine has again struck the Horn of Africa. Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya have experienced widespread malnourishment, with almost 4 million people in need of immediate assistance in Somalia alone. EJ Hogendoorn, Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa Project Director, discusses the famine’s causes and implications. 8:14  Listen