Zach Vertin

Horn of Africa Analyst
Nairobi, Kenya / Sudan

Crisis Group role:

Zach conducts Crisis Group’s research and analysis in Sudan, particularly South Sudan. Zach has examined political dynamics and peace and security issues, including: North-South relations and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, political, economic, and security relations with the region, inter-communal violence and state response, and the process of self-determination of South Sudan. He regularly briefs the media, international organisations, and government representatives on these issues. Zach assumed this role in 2009, and splits his time between Nairobi and Sudan.

Previously, Zach worked as UN Analyst in Crisis Group’s Advocacy Office in New York (August 2006 – September 2009). In this role, Zach worked on policy issues across the UN system, with a special focus on UN Security Council dynamics and African issues on the Council’s agenda.

Prior to joining Crisis Group, he spent time doing research and advocacy work with the Kenya Human Rights Commission, and with an innovative social services agency in New York City. He holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from St. John’s University in Minnesota, and spent time studying post-apartheid politics at the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa.


Zach has contributed to television, radio, print, and online media, including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, CNN’s Amanpour, BBC, Al Jazeera, Associated Press, PBS, Time, Reuters, Bloomberg, Agence Presse-France, Foreign, National Public Radio, Radio France International, Voice of America, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Deutche Welle, Haaretz, The Huffington Post, Global Post, Sudan Tribune, Sudan Radio Service, andAll Africa. Recent commentary can be found on the right of this page.