Hugh Pope

Hugh Pope

Project Director, Turkey/Cyprus
Istanbul, Turkey

Crisis Group role:
Hugh Pope conducts research in Turkey and Cyprus, writing policy-focused reports on Turkish policy, Turkey’s immediate region and the factors that mitigate or increase the risk of armed conflict.

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:

  • 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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