Pieter Stockmans is a Belgian journalist and 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.

Basic information

Pieter Stockmans
EU, Eastern-Europe, Russia, Ukraine, European foreign policy

Supported projects

Russia 1917-2017

  • Politics

Nostalgia or Revolution?

With the support of the Pascal Decroos Fund, MO * journalist Pieter Stockmans and photographer Mashid Mohadjerin travel through a number of important cities in European Russia to describe and image the revolutionary forces in 2017, 100 years after the Russian revolution of 1917.

Foreign dreamteams in Ukraine

  • Armed conflict
  • Politics
  • Security

At the beginning of this month the conflict in Ukraine came back in the news. With the support of the Pascal Decroos Fund, MO * journalist Pieter Stockmans and photographer Jürgen Augusteyns went to both sides of the front line.

The Syrian School War

  • Armed conflict
  • Youth
  • Education
  • Politics
  • Religion

SYRIA - War is not only waged with weapons but also through conflicting ideologies given to children in wartime education. Journalist Pieter Stockmans went to Syria and Turkey and found a struggle for land and values.

Between freedom and happiness

  • Armed conflict
  • Religion
  • Politics

Journalists Majd Khalifeh and Pieter Stockmans, and photographer Xander Stockmans travel across North Africa and the Middle East for 5 months in search of dreams of freedom and happiness of ordinary people, workers, doctors, activists, young people, imams, priests, professors, trade union leaders, journalists, politicians,... They let the people behind the revolutions speak and share their dreams with Europe.