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EJ Hogendoorn

Former Deputy Program Director, Africa
Washington, DC

Crisis Group Role

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, Nigeria
  • Armed extremist groups
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Peacekeeping and peacemaking
  • Political economy of conflict
  • International security threats
  • Arms trade, arms embargoes and sanctions
  • Piracy

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)

In The News

9 Mar 2018
The U.S. is no longer the dominant external actor in Africa, and must compete for influence not only with China, but a host of other, increasingly assertive, states pursuing their own agendas. Reuters

EJ Hogendoorn

Former Deputy Program Director, Africa
17 Oct 2017
This has always been the billion-dollar question. If you think about how much money goes to Somalia every year, will this generate the political will to do what needs to be done to stabilize [the country]? The Atlantic

EJ Hogendoorn

Former Deputy Program Director, Africa
16 Oct 2017
Rural areas are contested and al-Shabaab [operates] freely in Somalia’s hinterland. The Somali federal government has made little progress in bringing the government back to areas outside Mogadishu. Los Angeles Times

EJ Hogendoorn

Former Deputy Program Director, Africa
5 Oct 2017
Measured engagement, with positive rewards for improved behaviour, is more likely to induce positive change from Khartoum. Middle East Eye

EJ Hogendoorn

Former Deputy Program Director, Africa

Latest Updates

Op-Ed / Africa

What Next For Al-Shabaab?

Originally published in CNN

Speech / Africa

Security and Governance in Somalia

Testimony by EJ Hogendoorn, Deputy Director, Africa, International Crisis Group on “Security and Governance in Somalia: Consolidating Gains, Confronting Challenges, and Charting the Path Forward” at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on African Affairs Hearing, Washington, DC, 8 October 2013.