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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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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8:17am

Sat February 21, 2015
Middle East

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

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 3:00 pm

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7:56am

Sat February 7, 2015
Middle East

Jordan Rejects ISIS Claim That Strike Killed American Hostage

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:19 am

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5:27pm

Thu February 5, 2015
Middle East

Jordan's Military Claims New Air Strikes Against ISIS

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 6:23 pm

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4:37pm

Wed February 4, 2015
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As Jets Roar Overhead, Jordan Remembers Its Fallen Pilot

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 8:16 am

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.
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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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4:28pm

Tue January 20, 2015
World

ISIS Demands $200 Million Ransom For Japanese Hostages

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:00 pm

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5:14am

Mon January 19, 2015
Middle East

Nuclear Talks With Iran Recess After 'Limited' Progress

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 10:38 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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4:26pm

Fri December 26, 2014
World

For Iran And The West, A Rocky Year For Nuclear Diplomacy

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9:23am

Wed December 24, 2014
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Turkey's President And His 1,100-Room 'White Palace'

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 4:06 pm

Turkey's new presidential palace in the capital, Ankara, has an official price tag of $615 million and more than 1,000 rooms. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ak Saray, or the White Palace, is not his palace, but that of Turkey. But not everyone is so sure.
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On the outskirts of the Turkish capital, a new landmark looms over what was once Ankara forestland. It's a new presidential palace complex, with at least 1,100 rooms and an official price tag of $615 million — although critics suggest both figures are probably higher.

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7:38am

Sun December 7, 2014
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For Iran, The Trend Lines All Seem To Point In The Wrong Direction

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 12:25 pm

President Hassan Rouhani's election last year gave many Iranians hope, but he has not offered a clear path out of the country's current problems, which include a weakening economy, tough sanctions and nuclear talks that are dragging on.
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Oil prices are at a five-year low, inflation is on the rise, the currency is sinking and nuclear talks are dragging on with no end to sanctions in sight. Those are the grim indicators confronting Iranians as winter approaches.

Iran's leaders are counseling resilience and patience, but Iranians aren't finding much to be hopeful about, although they're dealing with it in their own way.

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