Joost Hiltermann

Joost Hiltermann

Program Director, Middle East and North Africa

Crisis Group Role

As MENA Program Director, Joost leads the organisation’s research, analysis, policy prescription and advocacy in and about the region. Previously, he was Crisis Group’s Chief Operating Officer (2013-2014), in which capacity he was responsible for the oversight and management of the organisation’s programs and operations around the world. Prior to that, he was Crisis Group’s Deputy Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa (2007-2012) and Project Director for the Middle East (2002-2007), helping to manage a team of analysts deployed throughout the region.

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

  • Chief Operating Officer, International Crisis Group (2013-2014)
  • Deputy Program 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 Coordinator, Al-Haq (Ramallah) (1988-1990)
  • Database Coordinator, 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

  • Former Board Member, Center for Civilians in Conflict (previously known as CIVIC)
  • Former 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
  • French

In The News

13 ဖေဖော်ဝါရီလ 2024
The longer the war in Gaza continues, the greater the risk of even further spillover of the war into other regional theaters. Anadolu Agency

Joost Hiltermann

Program Director, Middle East and North Africa
25 ဇန္နဝါရီလ 2024
What is really needed to save innocent lives [in Gaza] is an immediate ceasefire. Arab News

Joost Hiltermann

Program Director, Middle East and North Africa
20 ဒီဇင်ဘာလ 2023
The Houthis have made clear that as soon as Israel halts its offensive in Gaza, then they will also stop firing at commercial shipping [in the Red Sea]. Anadolu Agency

Joost Hiltermann

Program Director, Middle East and North Africa
19 နိုဝင်ဘာလ 2023
Arab states feel they should not be held responsible for Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, which to them stands at the origin of much that ails the region. Fox News

Joost Hiltermann

Program Director, Middle East and North Africa
11 နိုဝင်ဘာလ 2023
[Leaders in the Middle East] have always seen the Palestinian cause as a way for people to vent their anger. DW

Joost Hiltermann

Program Director, Middle East and North Africa

Latest Updates

Event Recording / Middle East & North Africa

The Latest Round in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Online Event, 20 December 2023)

Op-Ed / Middle East & North Africa

No Exit From Gaza

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