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Hugh Lovatt

Policy Fellow and Israel/Palestine Project Coordinator

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. During this time, he has worked extensively to advance the concept of “EU Differentiation”, which was enshrined in UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (December 2016). His most recent publication is “EU differentiation and the push for peace in Israel-Palestine” (October 2016).  

He is regularly interviewed or quoted in international media, including by AFP, Reuters, Newsweek, France24, and Al Jazeera.

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.

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.

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