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Hugh Pope

Director of Communications & Outreach
Brussels, Belgium

Crisis Group Role

Since February 2015, Hugh Pope is Crisis Group’s Director of Communications & Outreach. He is responsible for the overall planning, organisation and direction of the Communications & Outreach department, for building up Crisis Group’s public face, impact and support for conflict prevention by developing its presence and on international news and social media.

Areas of Expertise

  • Turkey: domestic politics, economics, Turkish Islam, the situation of the Kurds    
  • Turkey’s membership negotiations with the European Union
  • Turkey and the Middle East
  • The Cyprus dispute
  • The Turkic World

Professional Background

  • Crisis Group’s Deputy Program Director for Europe & Central Asia
  • Crisis Group’s Turkey/Cyprus Project Director
  • Turkey & Middle East Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal (1997-2005)
  • Turkey & Central Asia Correspondent, The Independent (1990-1997)
  • Iran & Middle East correspondent, Reuters (1984-1989)
  • Syria & Lebanon correspondent, United Press International (1982-1984)
  • BA, Oriental Studies (Persian with Arabic), Oxford University, UK (1982)

Books

Dining with al-Qaeda: Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds of the Middle East (Thomas Dunne/St Martins Press, March 2010), Sons of the Conquerors: the Rise of the Turkic World (an Economist ‘book of the year’ for 2005), and Turkey Unveiled: a History of Modern Turkey (a New York Times ‘notable book’, 1999).

Languages

  • English (native)
  • French (fluent)
  • Turkish (fluent)
  • Arabic (conversant)
  • Persian (conversant)
  • Dutch (conversant)

In The News

27 Jul 2016
President Erdoğan has long seen himself as a natural ally of the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the Middle East. Any action against the Muslim Brotherhood he saw as a threat to himself. NPR

Hugh Pope

Director of Communications & Outreach
3 Apr 2013
There is a maturity about the Kurdish question that was not present 10 years ago. Financial Times

Hugh Pope

Director of Communications & Outreach

Latest Updates

Podcast / Global

Peacemaking in Cyberspace

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to conflict mediator Adam Cooper, of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, about the hidden world of peace diplomacy, cyber mediation and the pros and cons of social media during peace processes.

Has the Spread of Nuclear Weapons Added to Global Stability?

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to researcher Petr Topychkanov about the balance of nuclear power between India and Pakistan, deterrence and nuclear transparency.

Colonial Amnesia and Racial Justice in Europe

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to researchers Dr. Liliane Umubyeyi and Dr. Amah Edoh about racial justice activism and redressing colonial legacies since Black Lives Matter protests spread from the U.S. to Europe last summer.

What’s the Point of Nuclear Weapons Today?

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to Jessica Cox, director of Nuclear Policy at NATO, about the alliance’s position on nuclear weapons, NATO’s deterrence policy, and how all this might evolve as relations with Russia change.

War & Peace: Europe’s Colonial Legacies

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope discuss with cultural historian and author David van Reybrouck his new book on the legacy of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia and his parallel work on improving the functioning of democracy.