Joost Hiltermann is Lecturer in Politics in the Middle East at the Brussels School of International Studies. In his day job, he is Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group, www.crisisgroup.org. He obtained his PhD in Sociology (1988) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a dissertation on the mobilisation and political activism of workers and women under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. He has been with Crisis Group since 2002. Before that, he was Executive Director of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch. In the second half of the 1980s he lived in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where he worked for the Palestinian human rights NGO Al-Haq while conducting dissertation research.
Joost Hiltermann has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University (1990-2002) and a Professorial Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (2001), both in Washington, DC. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, Middle East Report, and other publications. His doctoral dissertation was published by Princeton University Press in 1991 (Behind the Intifada), and a book on the use of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war by Cambridge University Press in 2007 (A Poisonous Affair).