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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Middle East
4:43 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Ahead Of Summit, Gulf States Doubt America's Mideast Policies

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 12:14 pm

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World
3:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Limited Cease-Fire Set To Begin In Yemen On Tuesday

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World
3:27 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Turkey's Armenian Artists Honor Their Community's Past

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 4:23 pm

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Parallels
3:20 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Invisible For Generations, 'Hidden Armenians' Emerge In Turkey

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.
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Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 12:56 pm

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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Parallels
12:20 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

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

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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Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 9:14 pm

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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Parallels
1:30 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Turks And Armenians Prepare For Dueling Anniversaries On Friday

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.
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Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 1:16 pm

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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Middle East
6:01 am
Sat April 4, 2015

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

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 8:30 am

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Middle East
3:10 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Framework Deal Reached On Iran Nuclear Program

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 1:21 pm

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Politics
2:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

World Leaders Reach Tentative Deal In Iranian Nuclear Talks

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:23 am

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Middle East
4:01 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Continue Past Deadline

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Politics
3:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Iranian Nuclear Talks Continue Past Deadline

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World
3:01 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Iranian Nuclear Talks Continue As Preliminary Deadline Looms

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Mental Health
3:29 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Iran Nuclear Talks Bog Down As Tuesday Deadline Approaches

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:49 am

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National Security
2:37 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

U.S. Plays Delicate Dance As Deadline Nears In Iranian Nuclear Talks

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Middle East
4:15 am
Tue March 24, 2015

March Deadline Approaches For Iran Nuclear Talks Deal

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:10 am

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Iran Nuclear Talks On Pause As Deadline Looms

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

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 1:01 pm

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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Politics
2:37 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

As Nuclear Talks Resume, Iranian Negotiators Consider Republican Letter

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:01 pm

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Parallels
6:00 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

A Swiss Town, A Casino Fire And 'Smoke On The Water'

The British rock band Deep Purple, shown here in 1971, wrote the hit song "Smoke on the Water," after watching the casino in Montreux, Switzerland, go up in flames later that year. The casino caught fire during a Frank Zappa concert.
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The lakeside Swiss town of Montreux was in the news this week as the host of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers.

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World
2:10 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Netanyahu's Suggestions Could Drive Iran In The Opposite Direction

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 7:09 am

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The Two-Way
9:09 am
Mon February 23, 2015

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

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.
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Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 11:23 am

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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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Europe
3:04 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Kerry In Geneva For Latest Nuclear Talks With Iran

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 12:38 pm

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Middle East
6:01 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Turkey Launches Operation Across Syria's Border

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 10:36 am

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Middle East
6:03 am
Sat February 21, 2015

After An Education In American Jazz, A Musician Tackles The Turkish Songbook

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:52 pm

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Middle East
5:56 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Jordan Rejects ISIS Claim That Strike Killed American Hostage

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Middle East
2:35 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Jordan's Military Claims New Air Strikes Against ISIS

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Parallels
3:31 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

As Jets Roar Overhead, Jordan Remembers Its Fallen Pilot

Mourners pray during a ceremony for Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who was killed by the Islamic State after he was captured in December. At Wednesday's service, which took place in the city of Karak, mourners called for the destruction of ISIS.
Khalil Mazraawi AFP/Getty

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 6:16 am

Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh's village curves around mountainous slopes not far from the ancient city of Karak, where the walls of a sprawling castle were once washed in blood as the Crusaders lost out to the forces of the mighty Muslim warrior Saladin in the 12th century.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Winter African Winds Howl, Bringing Surf And Red Dust To Istanbul

In Istanbul, as the sky turned a dusty orange, people lined the Bosporus to see the wind-driven waves break onto the shore. One young girl seemed fascinated by the unexpected surf.
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Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 10:38 am

It was a lodos weekend in Istanbul, as warm, dusty winds from Africa howled up the Bosporus, sending waves crashing over the shore and snatching houseplants and deck chairs off terraces.

Ferry traffic was interrupted, over 100 flights were canceled by Turkish Airlines and police reported that five people were killed and scores injured.

In Istanbul, as the sky turned a dusty orange, people lined the Bosporus to see the wind-driven waves break onto the shore. One young girl seemed fascinated by the unexpected surf:

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Europe
3:33 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Turkish Officials Seem To Ignore Threats Of Extremist Violence

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:46 am

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World
2:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

ISIS Demands $200 Million Ransom For Japanese Hostages

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:00 pm

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Middle East
3:16 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Nuclear Talks With Iran Recess After 'Limited' Progress

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 8:38 am

As diplomats trickled out into a frigid Geneva Sunday evening, descriptions of the talks trickled out with them. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi refused to characterize the progress made so far.

"It's too soon to say if we are able to make any progress or not," Aragchi said. "We are still trying to bridge the gaps between the two sides. We try our best, and as I have always said, as diplomats we are always hopeful."

China's delegation had a one-on-one with the Iranians and negotiator Wang Qun was more positive about the talks.

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