Experts & Staff

Kelly Petillo

Programme Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa programme

Biography

Kelly Petillo is the programme coordinator for Middle East and North Africa at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Her experience stems from roles at various human rights and humanitarian INGOs and UN agencies in Europe and the Middle East, including Crisis Action, the International Crisis Group and the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA). In the past, Kelly carried out research on the impact of the war in Syria on Palestinian refugees since its outbreak in 2011. She also spent time in Lebanon, where she helped convening youth-led events to promote the rights of refugees and migrant workers in the country.

Unsettled: The impact of the Russia-Ukraine crisis on the Middle East and North Africa

Heightened conflict in Ukraine could have serious consequences for European interests in the Middle East and North Africa. It could further disrupt energy supplies, exacerbate food insecurity, and help states in the region gain leverage over the US and Europe.

Stuck in limbo: How Europe can protect Syrian refugees

Europeans who have at heart the sustainable return of refugees, in line with Europe’s core interests and with the will of the Syrian people, should focus on ensuring that conditions on the ground in Syria allow for safe, voluntary, and dignified returns

Out of place: Why Europe needs a new refugee policy

The White House’s intent to restore the global human rights agenda should prompt the EU and its member states to rethink their refugee policies, at a time when refugees and other displaced people face immense challenges

Articles

Unsettled: The impact of the Russia-Ukraine crisis on the Middle East and North Africa

Heightened conflict in Ukraine could have serious consequences for European interests in the Middle East and North Africa. It could further disrupt energy supplies, exacerbate food insecurity, and help states in the region gain leverage over the US and Europe.

Stuck in limbo: How Europe can protect Syrian refugees

Europeans who have at heart the sustainable return of refugees, in line with Europe’s core interests and with the will of the Syrian people, should focus on ensuring that conditions on the ground in Syria allow for safe, voluntary, and dignified returns

Out of place: Why Europe needs a new refugee policy

The White House’s intent to restore the global human rights agenda should prompt the EU and its member states to rethink their refugee policies, at a time when refugees and other displaced people face immense challenges

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