MO * journalist Pieter Stockmans follows the foreign policy of the European Union. He also follows the evolutions in Eastern Europe and the region to the east of the EU. As a freelance journalist, he has been traveling through North Africa and the Middle East for ten years, looking for the expectations and fears behind the conflicts. He is co-author of the book The Jihadkaravaan.
As a freelance journalist he published for MO * Magazine, Knack, De Standaard, Middle East Eye and Al Jazeera English. He did field research on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, radicalization and terrorism. He stayed with Syrian refugees in the neighboring countries of Syria and on their way to Europe, with the Kurds in Syria and Iraq, with Hezbollah in Lebanon, with Islamists and jihadists in Jordan and Tunisia.
Pieter holds a law degree and a degree in international relations from KULeuven. He then followed the Postgraduate of International Investigative Journalism in Mechelen. In addition to his work at MO*, he conducts freelance journalism and gives lectures.