Desirée Custers is Research Assistant in Stimson’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Program. Before joining the Stimson Center, she worked as a Program Assistant at The EastWest Institute’s Middle East and North Africa Program in Brussels. She also interned at the Jordan office of EcoPeace Middle East, an environmental organization based in Jordan, Palestine and Israel. Desirée’s main research interests include Arab-African relations, environmental peacebuilding, and the intersection of religion and politics in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Desirée holds an M.A. in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and graduated magna cum laude from the KU Leuven University in Belgium with an M.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies. She is fluent in Dutch, English and Arabic.