Languages: Arabic, French, Dutch, Spanish
Areas of Expertise: Middle-East, Israel/Palestine, Mashreq region; conflict prevention/resolution; Islamic societies; identity politics
Hugh is Policy Fellow and Israel/Palestine Project Coordinator for ECFR's Middle East and North Africa Programme, where he joined in August 2012. Prior to this, he worked as a researcher for International Crisis Group and as a Schuman Fellow in the European Parliament focussing on Middle-East policy. He also worked for the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations as an Arabic translator, specialising in Muslim cultures and Islamic law.
He is regularly interviewed or quoted in international media, including by France24, al-Arabiya, RFI, The Guardian, El País, El Mundo, DPA, Reuters, L’Humanité, Libération, L’Express, France Culture, ABC Radio, Al Monitor, Haaretz, Yedioth Ahronoth, The Jerusalem Post, i24news, Anadolu Agency, IRIN, International Business Times, The National, RT News and Vice News.
Hugh studied Arabic at the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies at Exeter University as well as at the Institut français du Proche-Orient in Damascus. He then went on to earn an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, where he majored in Anthropology.
by Hugh Lovatt - 01st August, 2016
If Arab states remain committed to increased cooperation with Israel, they should explore how these growing ties could be leveraged to advance Palestinian sovereignty.
by Hugh Lovatt - 24th February, 2016
In its attempts to stymie the BDS campaign against Israel, the UK government has fundamentally misunderstood the legal necessity underpinning measures directed at Israeli settlements.
by Hugh Lovatt - 13th November, 2015
Israel’s strong reaction has much more to do with the way the EU is challenging the “Greater Israel” narrative promoted by a growing number of Israeli politicians.
What tools do European politicians have at their disposal to help end rising bloodshed in Israel and Palestine?
Hugh Lovatt speaks to Fadi Quran, activist, senior campaigner for Avaaz, and according to the Time magazine "the new face of the Middle East".Listen online Download
ECFR's Hugh Lovatt and Mattia Toaldo speak to independent journalist and editor Noam Sheizaf, who has previously worked for a number of Israeli news outlets including Ynet.co.il and Maariv, and now writes regularly for +972 Magazine.Listen online Download
ECFR policy fellows Mattia Toaldo and Hugh Lovatt, authors of the policy brief "EU differentiation and Israeli settlements", believe that the EU needs to act faster and further in ensuring that Israeli settlements in no way benefit from EU-Israel bilateral relations. In the interview they explain the benefits of a differentiation policy.Listen online Download