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Hugh Pope

Director of Communications & Outreach
Brussels, Belgium

Hugh Pope

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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)

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 Crisis Group Podcast

Dining with Al-Qaeda

15 April 2010: Hugh Pope, Crisis Group’s Turkey/Cyprus Project Director, talks about his critically acclaimed new book, “Dining with Al-Qaeda: Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds of the Middle East”, and why it is so difficult to bridge the perception gap between this dynamic region and the West. Listen

Dining With al-Qaeda - Part 2

29 April 2010: Hugh Pope, Crisis Group's Turkey/Cyprus Project Director, talks about the  challenges of reporting on the Middle East and the role of NGOs in journalism. Listen