Insights Into Modern Middle Eastern History

One of the keynote speakers at the Diocesan Synod in Cologne on Wednesday 15 June was Dr Harry Hagopian offering an experienced insight into recent developments in the Middle East / North Africa (MENA) region.     

Dr Hagopian is a lawyer with a Doctorate in Public International Law and an LL.M in Alternative Dispute (Conflict) Resolution. He is also Middle East Advisor for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in England & Wales and Associate of the Ekklesia think-tank.

An Armenian from Jerusalem, Harry worked until 2001 as Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches in Jerusalem where he also held the position of Executive Secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee. During this dual tenure, he was a second-track negotiator on behalf of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee. He articulated the collective position of the Churches of Jerusalem over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - particularly relating to Jerusalem during Oslo and subsequent chapters of political negotiations.

Harry's previous work with the Middle East Council of Churches also encompassed his setting up of a humanitarian aid programme for the refugees of Iran after the Gillan earthquake in 1990, and then again for the refugees from Iraq after the first Gulf war of 1991.

During his tenure in Jerusalem, Harry was Consultant to the Holy See for the Jubilee 2000 celebrations, working closely on the pilgrimage of Pope John-Paul II to the Holy Land as well as on the Holy See-Palestinian Fundamental Agreement on the Status of the Holy Sites.

His address to Synod was based on a published article on an Anglican Encounter with the MENA region in Germany!

You can read it here -