the guardian, may 22, 2019
Noel Malcolm’s useful history of Renaissance and Enlightenment attitudes to Ottoman Islam
Welcome to Demokrasi
the guardian, august 30, 2016
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not an aberration as an elected authoritarian. He may be the future.
Turkey chooses Erdogan
the new york review daily, august 6, 2016
My dispatch from Turkey shortly after the aborted coup
Sean McMeekin's 'Ottoman Endgame'
the guardian, december 18, 2015
This marvellous history of the Ottoman demise puts all others in the shade
The Sultan of Turkey - Turkey's general election
The New York Review of Books, December 17, 2015
Turkey's general election threw up surprises and confirmed the sinister talents of its president
'The Battle for Turkey' - Can Selahattin Demirtas avert war?
the guardian, october 29, 2015
Three days before Turkey's crucial election, a profile of a charismatic Kurdish politician trying to bring peace
'There Was and There Was Not,' by Meline Toumani
the new york times, january 23, 2015
My review of Meline Toumani's idiosyncratic and highly personal memoir - an Armenian trying to come to terms with her nation's past.
Turkey's double game in Syria
The New York Review Blog, October 14, 2014
How Turkey's reluctance to help the Kurds reveals its precarious position in the region.
Turkey Goes Out of Control
The New York Review of Books, April 13 2014
Reportage from Istanbul. The extraordinary struggle between two brands of political Islam in Turkey.
Turkey: ‘Surreal, Menacing...Pompous’
The New York Review of Books, December 19 2013
The Gezi protests of 2013 were about diametrically opposed visions of Turkey's future.
Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul
The Guardian, October 26 2013
Orhan Pamuk's memoir Istanbul portrayed a 'poor and confused' place, but one full of shabby beauty. Little of that remains in today's brash megalopolis.
The Resurgence of the Kurds
The New York Review of Books, June 6 2013
The announcement on March 23, 2013 by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party of a cease-fire with Turkey showed that the fortunes of the Kurds may be taking a new, more hopeful direction.
The Uncontainable Kurds
The New York Review of Books, March 1 2007
The seemingly intractable Kurdish problem - seen from the heart of Turkish Kurdistan.