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Isabelle Arradon

Director of Research & Special Adviser on Gender
Leading on Gender, Peace and Security
Brussels, Belgium

Crisis Group Role

​As Director of Research​,​ Isabelle ​Arradon oversees production of the monthly early warning bulletin CrisisWatch, and is responsible for preparation of the organisation’s strategic plans​, along with monitoring and evaluation efforts​. ​She supervises the research unit to produce high-quality research and analysis about selected deadly conflict situations and support general research needs of the organisation. As Special Adviser, she leads Crisis Group's work on ​Gender​, Peace and Security​

Areas of Expertise

  • Field research and advocacy
  • Human rights and the rule of law
  • Security Sector Reform including policing
  • Gender, discrimination and civil society
  • Asia Pacific region, particularly South East Asia

Professional Background

Prior to joining Crisis Group​ in August 2014​, Isabelle Arradon served for over a decade at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International where she held the positions of Asia Pacific Deputy Director, Senior Research Adviser, and South East Asia Researcher. She has conducted numerous fact-finding and advocacy missions including in Egypt, Myanmar, ​the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. In 2002-03, Isabelle Arradon worked for Peace Brigades International providing protective accompaniment to civil society activists at risk during Aceh’s armed conflict. Previously she was a lecturer at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Isabelle Arradon holds an MA in International Law and Politics from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Bordeaux, France.


  • French (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Indonesian (fluent)

Latest Updates

CrisisWatch 2019: A Global Overview of September Trends and October Alerts

The latest edition of Crisis Group's monthly conflict tracker highlights dangers of escalating conflict in Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Tunisia. But there are resolution opportunities in Sudan.

Commentary / Global

CrisisWatch 2019: August Trends & September Alerts

The latest edition of Crisis Group's monthly conflict tracker highlights dangers of escalating conflict in Cameroon, Kashmir, Lebanon, and Yemen. But there are also resolution opportunities in Afghanistan.

In Conversation with Isabelle Arradon

Originally published in The Brussels Binder

Protecting Women’s Space in Politics

Women human rights defenders around the globe are facing heightened threats of violence and repression. Sometimes they are targeted for being activists, and sometimes just for being women. World leaders should do much more to secure space for women’s safe participation in public life.

Also available in Español, Français
Commentary / Global

CrisisWatch 2018 November Trends & December Alerts

The latest edition of Crisis Group's monthly conflict tracker highlights dangers of escalating conflict in DR Congo, Yemen and Bangladesh. CrisisWatch also notes a conflict resolution opportunity in Yemen.