Joost Hiltermann

Since 2002, Joost Hiltermann has managed a team of analysts based in the Middle East and North Africa to conduct research and write policy-focused reports on factors that increase the risk of and drive armed conflict. The crisis in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran – both internal situation and nuclear question – are Crisis Group’s three priorities in the region, but research is conducted as well in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

The subject of Israel’s relations with Iraq does not make for headline news. If Israel attacks Iran, that could quickly change...