Experts & Staff

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 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.

Latest from Hugh Lovatt

  • Le Parisien

    13th October, 2018

    Hugh Lovatt is quoted dans Le Parisien following Israel's decision to cut fuel oil in Gaza.


    02nd August, 2018

    Hugh Lovatt is quoted by L'Express on Ahed Tamimi and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.


    21st July, 2018

    Hugh Lovatt quoted on the Gaza ceasefire.


    21st July, 2018

    Hugh Lovatt speaks about the current round of escalations in Gaza sparked by the death of an Israeli soldier shot near the border.

    Al Bawaba

    09th July, 2018

    Hugh Lovatt comments on a proposed port for Gaza in Cyprus and divergence between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority on the project.

    Heinrich Böll Stiftung

    20th June, 2018

    In a report for Heinrich Böll Foundation, Hugh Lovatt sketches out what the EU can do to prevent escalation in Jerusalem.


    15th May, 2018

    Is it time for a new Palestinian peace strategy, asks Jugh Lovatt in a commentary for the Italian Institute for International Political Studies.

    La Razón

    12th May, 2018

    Hugh Lovatt is quoted regarding the inauguration of the headquarters of the US delegation in Jerusalem.


    11th May, 2018

    Hugh Lovatt quoted in Newsweek on the the recent Palestinian protests and violence.


    29th April, 2018

    Hugh Lovatt cited by Libération ahead of the first meeting of the Palestinian National Council in decades. 



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