EJ Hogendoorn

Project Director, Horn of Africa
Washington, DC

Crisis Group role:

EJ Hogendoorn and Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa analysts, based in the region, prepare analytical reports on the sources of conflict and violence in the region, with a particular focus on Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. He and his team have assessed political stability in both Eritrea and Ethiopia, electoral violence in Kenya, and produced a series of reports on the conflicts in Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. EJ frequently briefs the media, international organisations and government representatives on these issues. He is based in Washington, DC, and travels frequently to the region.

EJ has previously examined political dynamics and peace and security issues conflicts in Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. EJ is 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. He has a PhD in Public Affairs (Security Studies), Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Areas of expertise

  • Horn of Africa
  • International security threats
  • Arms embargoes and sanctions
  • Arms trade
  • Piracy
  • Humanitarian impact of weapons use
  • Peacekeeping and peacemaking
  • Political economy of conflict


EJ regularly contributes to television, radio, print, on-line media and documentaries, including: CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, 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)