I am an experienced foreign correspondent covering the greater Middle East , North Africa, and Europe -- including Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkey -- for English-language news organizations. My geographical areas of speciality include Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, the Arabian Peninsula states, and North Africa, including Libya
and Tunisia. I write about war, politics, economy, and culture.
I am an Istanbul-based international correspondent for The Independent
, the UK-based newspaper. I am also a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy
at the Atlantic Council
, a Washington, DC think tank.
I am a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for coverage of Iraq
I contribute to Foreign Policy
, The Atlantic
, and The Daily Beast
, and am a frequent commentator and reporter on English-language radio and television in North America and Europe, including France 24
and PBS Newshour
as well as public radio outlets like CBC, KCRW
, and PRI's The World
I have worked for the Los Angeles Times, Financial Times
, BuzzFeed News
, and Associated Press.
My work has appeared in US publications including The New York Times
, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, the Newark Star-Ledger, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and worldwide in The Guardian
, The National
(UAE), South China Morning Post, the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Singapore Straits Times, the Times of London, and the Independent (UK).
I have been a guest speaker at universities, and have also taught journalism to college students. I am a member of the Overseas Press Club of America
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