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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 Lovatt is a Policy Fellow with ECFR's Middle East and North Africa Programme. During this time, he has focussed extensively on Palestinian politics and worked to advance the concept of “EU Differentiation”, which was enshrined in UN Security Council Resolution 2334. His most recent publications include "Occupation and Sovereignty: Renewing EU Policy in Israel- Palestine" (December 2017) and "Rethinking Oslo: How Europe can promote peace in Israel-Palestine" (July 2017).

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 (IFPO) 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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