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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

Commentary / Global

A Hidden Face of War

The impact of conflict is rarely seen through the prism of reproductive health. Yet women and girls routinely face sexual and gender-based violence during war and its aftermath, maternal mortality is endemic in conflict-affected areas and amplifying women’s voices is critical to removing risks to their well-being.


CrisisWatch 2018 February Trends & March Alerts

The latest edition of Crisis Group's monthly conflict tracker highlights dangers of escalating conflict in Bangladesh, Cameroon and Syria. CrisisWatch also notes deteriorated situations in Tanzania, Guinea, Maldives and Venezuela, among others.


CrisisWatch 2018 January Trends & February Alerts

The latest edition of Crisis Group's monthly conflict tracker highlights dangers of new conflict in Somaliland, Afghanistan and Syria. CrisisWatch also notes that February's winter Olympics on the Korean Peninsula represent a chance for peace against a great background risk of war.

A New Network of African Women Mediators for Peace

Political and social leaders are building a new network for women peace mediators in Africa. Crisis Group’s Director of Research Isabelle Arradon attended the African Union conference that debated the idea, and was inspired by the individual initiatives already pushing for change on the continent.