Contributor: Dr Harry Hagopian

Dr Harry Hagopian, the Bishops' Consultant on the Middle East

Harry Hagopian is an EU-based public international lawyer who also holds a number of key consultancy positions on political, ecumenical and inter-faith issues relating to the Middle East, North Africa & Gulf regions.

He is a qualified expert on alternative dispute resolution, and serves as Middle East Advisor to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Ecumenical Consultant to the Primate of the Armenian Orthodox Church in the UK and Ireland, Middle East Consultant to the Alliance of Christians in Europe (ACEP, Paris) and Associate to the Ekklesia think-tank (London).

From 1996 till 2001, he was Executive Director of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee in Jerusalem when he articulated the Churches’ collective positions over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - particularly during the Oslo and Taba negotiations - focusing largely on the future of Jerusalem. Earlier, he served two terms as Assistant General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches in Lebanon and Cyprus.

Dr Hagopian is an Armenian who speaks six languages, holds the Orders of the Knights of St Gregory and St Lazarus and is Fellow at Sorbonne III University in Paris.

He is also a public speaker and has written extensively on issues relating to the MENA & Gulf regions. He is presently working on a book on the dynamics and future variables of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and many of his articles on ecumenical, political and legal issues are posted on his website

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