Peter Kenyon

Peter Kenyon is NPR's international correspondent based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prior to taking this assignment in 2010, Kenyon spent five years in Cairo covering Middle Eastern and North African countries from Syria to Morocco. He was part of NPR's team recognized with two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards for outstanding coverage of post-war Iraq.

In addition to regular stints in Iraq, he has followed stories to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Qatar, Algeria, Morocco and other countries in the region.

Arriving at NPR in 1995, Kenyon spent six years in Washington, D.C., working in a variety of positions including as a correspondent covering the US Senate during President Bill Clinton's second term and the beginning of the President George W. Bush's administration.

Kenyon came to NPR from the Alaska Public Radio Network. He began his public radio career in the small fishing community of Petersburg, where he met his wife Nevette, a commercial fisherwoman.

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6:37pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Parallels

Parrying Doubts In Two Capitals, Leaders Sell The Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:33 pm

The U.N. Security Council endorsed the historic Iran nuclear deal on Monday. Now, world leaders — notably in the U.S. and Iran — must garner enough support for the agreement at home.
Seth Wenig AP

The U.N. Security Council endorsed a historic nuclear deal with Iran on Monday, and it immediately drew complaints from hard-liners in Tehran as well as from lawmakers — particularly Republicans — in the U.S.

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4:43pm

Mon July 13, 2015
Middle East

Update On Iran Nuclear Talks

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 8:30 pm

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5:02am

Thu June 18, 2015
Parallels

Istanbul Bookstore Caters To Syrian Refugees In Need Of A Good Read

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 2:14 pm

Pages bookstore partner and manager Samer al-Kadri (center) talks with customers. The Syrian founded a publishing company in Damascus, but fled when the war made it impossible to run. He wound up in Istanbul, where he noticed a lack of books in Arabic, and took it upon himself to serve the community.
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After four years of war, Syrians are everywhere in Istanbul — on street corners, squatting in abandoned buildings. But a new venture run by Syrian and Turkish book lovers aims to be a cultural oasis for Arabic readers, and, along the way, give Turks a fuller picture of the Syrians, Iraqis and Libyans increasingly filling the city.

In a painstakingly restored old wooden house in a working class neighborhood, Syrians, Iraqis and Turks mingled recently amid the shelves of the Pages bookstore.

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7:37am

Sat June 6, 2015
Middle East

ISIS Attack On Kobani Looms Over Turkish Elections

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

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5:45am

Tue June 2, 2015
Parallels

In Turkey, Violence Against Women Is Often A Private Family Matter

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:30 pm

Demonstrators in the Turkish capital of Ankara hold posters of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student who was allegedly killed by a bus driver after fighting off a sexual assault. The posters read: "End killings of women."
Burhan Ozbilici AP

Mutlu Kaya is gifted with a strong, pure voice, and it nearly cost her her life. Or rather, many Turkish women say, it was the reaction to her singing by the men in Kaya's life. She's in the hospital, a bullet in her skull.

It started with a visit to Kaya's hometown by well-known Turkish folk singer Sibel Can. Can was a judge on a moderately popular TV singing show, and she was convinced Kaya could be a star.

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4:22pm

Tue May 26, 2015
World

U.S., Turkey Divided On Support For Rebel Forces In Syria

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:01 pm

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5:06pm

Sat April 25, 2015
World

Turkey's Armenian Artists Honor Their Community's Past

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 6:23 pm

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5:20am

Sat April 25, 2015
Parallels

Invisible For Generations, 'Hidden Armenians' Emerge In Turkey

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 2:56 pm

Armenian Christian women pray at St. Giragos Church in southeastern Turkey. The restored church, reopened in 2011, is the largest Armenian church in the Middle East.
Sertac Kayar Reuters/Landov

A century after Ottoman forces massacred an estimated 1 to 1.5 million Armenian Christians, some of the remaining Armenian Turks are taking tentative steps out into the open. They survived because their ancestors were taken in by Muslim families and raised as Muslims.

Now, thanks in part to a somewhat more tolerant climate in Turkey, their descendants, known as "hidden Armenians," are coming out of hiding.

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1:34pm

Fri April 24, 2015
Parallels

Remembering Gallipoli, A WWI Battle That Shaped Today's Middle East

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:14 pm

Allied troops at the ANZAC Cove in the Gallipoli peninsula, during World War I. Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand fought for nine months but could not defeat the Ottomans. Overall, a half-million were killed or wounded.
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Heads of state and thousands of guests traveled to the windswept shores of western Turkey on Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of one of World War I's most infamous battles. The Gallipoli campaign saw Ottoman forces, fighting under German command, repel an Allied attack led by Britain and France.

Nine months of fighting left a half-million dead and wounded on both sides. The Allies withdrew, setting in motion events that would leave the region forever changed.

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4:27pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Parallels

Turks And Armenians Prepare For Dueling Anniversaries On Friday

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 3:16 pm

Armenians lay flowers Tuesday at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia. Armenians on Friday will commemorate 100 years since 1.5 million of their kin were killed by Ottoman forces. Armenians and many historians call it the first genocide of the 20th century, but Turkey fiercely rejects that label.
Karen Minasyan AFP/Getty Images

Armenians are preparing to mark on Friday the 100th anniversary of the killing of as many as 1.5 million of their ancestors by the Ottoman Empire. And Turks are getting ready to celebrate the centennial of a major military victory by the Ottoman forces over the Allied powers at Gallipoli in World War I.

Turkey traditionally holds the Gallipoli ceremonies on April 25, which falls on Saturday this year. But it is moving up the events by one day to Friday in what critics call a clumsy attempt to overshadow Armenian Remembrance Day.

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8:01am

Sat April 4, 2015
Middle East

U.S. And Iran Offer Different Narratives On The Same Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 10:30 am

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4:46pm

Tue March 31, 2015
Politics

Iranian Nuclear Talks Continue Past Deadline

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 10:03 am

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1:47pm

Fri March 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Iran Nuclear Talks On Pause As Deadline Looms

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 3:01 pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) at a meeting Wednesday in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Brian Snyder AP

Diplomats seeking the framework of a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief are taking leave of Switzerland — but only for a few days.

"Yes, we are all leaving," a smiling Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said as he walked past reporters at the luxury Beau Rivage Hotel in Lausanne, site of the 1920s treaty that finally dissolved the Ottoman Empire.

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11:09am

Mon February 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Iran Nuclear Talks Report Progress, While Critics Ratchet Up The Rhetoric

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 1:23 pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry goes for a stroll along the shore of Lake Geneva on Sunday prior to renewed nuclear negotiations in Geneva with his Iranian counterpart.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

U.S. and Iranian negotiators wrapped up nuclear talks in a venerable lakefront luxury hotel in Geneva on Monday, with an American official saying, "We made some progress," but adding, "there's still a long way to go."

The sides are trying to close the gaps in their positions on what the future of Iran's nuclear program should be and when sanctions against Iran might be lifted. The U.S. official says they'll be back at the table next Monday.

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8:01am

Sun February 22, 2015
Middle East

Turkey Launches Operation Across Syria's Border

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 12:36 pm

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