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Hugh Lovatt

Policy Fellow

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 the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. His topics of focus include Israel/Palestine, the Mashreq region, and identity politics.

Since joining ECFR, Lovatt has focused extensively on EU policy towards the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) and domestic Palestinian politics. He co-led a 2016 track-II initiative to draft an updated set of final status parameters. His most recent publications include Rethinking Oslo: How Europe can promote peace in Israel-Palestine (July 2017) and Gaza’s fragile calm: The search for lasting stability (November 2018). Lovatt also co-developed an innovative online project mapping Palestinian politics. He is regularly interviewed or quoted in international media, including by AFP, Reuters, Newsweek, France24, and Al Jazeera.

Prior to this, Lovatt worked as a researcher for International Crisis Group and as a Schuman Fellow in the European Parliament focusing on Middle-East policy.

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