Hugh Lovatt is a policy fellow with the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Since joining ECFR, Lovatt has focused extensively on EU policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, domestic Palestinian politics, and Israeli regional policy. He co-led a 2016 track-II initiative to draft an updated set of final status parameters, and has pioneered the concept of EU Differentiation, which was enshrined in UN Security Council Resolution 2334.
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 is the Chairman of the Brussels-based European Middle East Project (EuMEP). His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Haaretz, Newsweek, al-Quds al-Arabi, and Al Jazeera.
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, where he majored in Anthropology. Lovatt is Chairman of the Brussels-based European Middle East Project (EuMEP) .