Expertise: Political economy and conflict analysis; Conflict dynamics in the Horn of Africa; South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia.
Jort Hemmer was a Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute. His field of expertise is in the political economy of instability and conflict, with a geographical focus on the wider Horn of Africa. Over the past 7 years, he has contributed to numerous conflict assessments, strategic reviews and policy documents and evaluations, particularly with regard to South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia.
From early 2011 to mid-2013, Jort acted as Deputy Director of the Observatoire de l‘Afrique, a network of European and African institutes and experts working on peace and security issues in Africa. He participated in the Carter Center’s international mission that observed and reported on South Sudan’s self-determination referendum. Since 2012, he is a member of the Fragile States short missions/expert pool of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between May 2013 and May 2014, he was seconded to the European Union (EU) to serve as a political advisor to the EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Sudan and South Sudan and the EUSR for the Horn of Africa.
Jort graduated (cum laude) in Development Studies and Political Science from Radboud University Nijmegen (NL). He joined the Clingendael Institute Conflict Research Unit in 2008, where her worked on international engagement projects in South Sudan, Somalia and the Sahel region.