Bertus Hendriks

Former Senior Research Associate
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  • Security and Defence


  • Middle East & North Africa

Bertus Hendriks is a former Senior Research Associate at the Clingendael Institute. From 1989 until 2008, he was Senior Diplomatic Editor and Middle East Editor at Radio Netherlands Worldwide, and former Head of its Arabic Service. He is a regular analyst and commentator on Middle Eastern Affairs for Dutch Public Radio and TV  news and current affairs  programmes. He has travelled extensively in the Middle East and has covered all major political developments there, from Morocco to Iran.

Prior to his transition from the academic world to journalism, he was Lecturer at the Anthropological-Sociological Centre of the University of Amsterdam, with special focus on the Political Anthropology of the Arab/Islamic World. He graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 1974 with a Master’s degree in Social Science.

Expertise: Palestinian/Arab- Israeli Conflict; Islamist Movements; Democratization Efforts in the Broader Middle East.

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