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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

Defusing Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk with Crisis Group’s Nigar Göksel about the nationalist tensions fuelling a maritime standoff between Turkey and Greece, and how coordinated efforts by regional powers can help de-escalate their dispute over the eastern Mediterranean.

Understanding the Russian-origin Muslim Diaspora

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to University of Ottawa professor Jean-François Ratelle about the diverse Russian-origin Muslim diaspora across Europe, the various challenges faced in transit and host countries, and how to adapt migration policies accordingly.

War & Peace: Understanding the Russian-origin Muslim Diaspora

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to University of Ottawa professor Jean-François Ratelle about the diverse Russian-origin Muslim diaspora across Europe, the various challenges faced in transit and host countries, and how to adapt migration policies accordingly.

Podcast / Global

The Under-loved Logic of Nuclear-free Zones

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk with Mexican diplomat to the UN María Antonieta Jáquez about the global movement for nuclear disarmament, the reality of non-proliferation agreements, and how to reframe the narrative around nuclear-weapon-free zones. 

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.