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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. 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.

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