'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 - review

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. 


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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. 


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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. 


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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.


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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.