Experts & Staff

Hugh Lovatt

Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Middle East; Israel/Palestine; Western Sahara; conflict resolution; international law and armed conflict

Languages

English, Arabic, French

Biography

Hugh Lovatt is a senior policy fellow with the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Since joining ECFR, Lovatt has advised European policymakers on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, domestic Palestinian politics, and Israeli regional policy. He is regularly interviewed and quoted in international media, including by the New York Times, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, Financial Times, AFP, Le Monde, France24, and Al Jazeera.

Lovatt co-led a 2016 track-II initiative to draft an updated set of final status parameters to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has worked to advance the concept of EU Differentiation, which was enshrined in UN Security Council Resolution 2334. Lovatt also co-developed an innovative online project mapping Palestinian politics. His most recent publications include Rethinking Oslo: How Europe can promote peace in Israel-Palestine (July 2017), Back to democracy: Europe, Hamas, and the Palestinian elections (March 2021), and Free to choose: A new plan for peace in Western Sahara (May 2021).

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. He also worked for Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations as an Arabic translator.

Lovatt 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 (SOAS), where he majored in Anthropology. Lovatt is Chairman of the Brussels-based European Middle East Project (EuMEP).

Children sit on top of a destroyed building in Gaza

Cooling-off: How Europe can help stabilise the Middle East

As countries across the Middle East pause to take stock of recent conflicts, Europeans need to do more to support dialogue

Cancellation costs: Abbas and Palestinian democracy

By cancelling Palestine’s first elections in 15 years, President Mahmoud Abbas has relinquished Palestinian democracy and national reunification, and is setting the stage for future turmoil

Publications

Articles

Children sit on top of a destroyed building in Gaza

Cooling-off: How Europe can help stabilise the Middle East

As countries across the Middle East pause to take stock of recent conflicts, Europeans need to do more to support dialogue

Cancellation costs: Abbas and Palestinian democracy

By cancelling Palestine’s first elections in 15 years, President Mahmoud Abbas has relinquished Palestinian democracy and national reunification, and is setting the stage for future turmoil

Defeating covid-19 in Gaza: Is it enough?

Urgent intervention can mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic. But the EU should also help Gaza escape its man-made crisis.

Specials

Podcasts

In the media