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Karim Lebhour

Head of Communications and Outreach for North America
Washington, D.C.

Crisis Group Role

Karim Lebhour is the Head of Communications and Outreach North America, based in Washington DC. He joined Crisis Group in 2018 after a career in journalism.

Professional Background

Karim previously worked for Agence France-Presse in Washington as North America editor and prior to that as chief correspondent in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He also held the position of UN correspondent in New York and correspondent in the Middle East, based in the Palestinian territories for Radio France Internationale.

Areas of Expertise

  • Media relations
  • Communication
  • Media skills training
  • Editing
  • Social media
  • Audio/Video production


  • French (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Arabic (conversational)


  • “Le Veto de l’ONU, La Revue Dessinée”, April 2014: Graphic novel on the Syrian crisis as played out at the UN.
  • “Jours Tranquilles à Gaza”, Riveneuve Editions, June 2010, foreword by Stéphane Hessel.