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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)


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).


  • 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

Turkey and the PKK: A peace process without end goals?

This interview with Crisis Group’s Europe and Central Asia Deputy Program Director, Hugh Pope, is republished here with permission from .

Originally published in Today’s Zaman

Border Patrol: Turkey Tries a New Tack on Its Southern Frontier

In this Q and A, Hugh Pope, deputy director of Crisis Group’s Europe and Central Asia Program, discusses Turkey’s latest change in policy towards Syria, Iraq and the coalition against Islamic State.