Sidney Jones

Sidney Jones is founder and director of Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), a Jakarta-based NGO. From 2002 to 2013 she was based in Jakarta with the International Crisis Group, first as Southeast Asia director, then as senior adviser to the Asia program. She is a recognized authority on terrorism in Southeast Asia and has also written extensively on ethnic, communal and separatist conflicts elsewhere in the region, including in Aceh and Papua. She previously was a Ford Foundation program officer in Jakarta and New York (1977-84); Amnesty International researcher on Indonesia, the Philippines and the Pacific (1985-1988) and Asia director of Human Rights Watch (1989-2002). She also served as chief of the Human Rights Unit of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor in 1999-2000. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Oriental Studies and International Relations with a focus on the Middle East and studied for a year at Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran in 1971-72. She has been a visiting fellow at Australian National University (1995) and UC-Berkeley (2012) and served as the George Soros Visiting Practitioner at Central European University in Budapest from January through March 2017. In 2006 Ms. Jones received an honorary doctorate from the New School in New York.