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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3:35am

Thu July 23, 2015
Parallels

When Sanctions Lift, How Will Iran Spend Its Billions?

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:57 pm

The state-run Iran-Khodro plant manufactures vehicles including the Peugeot 206 car, shown on a production line in 2014 near Tehran. Iran's robust auto industry was built in response to sanctions.
Ebrahim Noroozi AP

If the nuclear deal with Iran is implemented, Tehran stands to gain a lot of money. There are differing estimates of exactly how much: The U.S. Treasury Department has said something on the order of $100 billion is in blocked overseas Iranian accounts, while Iran's Central Bank governor puts the figure closer to $29 billion.

Whatever the exact amount, critics like Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham say that kind of cash will allow Tehran to make bad situations in the Middle East even worse.

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4:33pm

Wed July 22, 2015
World

Turkish Government Criticized After Kurdish Community Center Attack

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:17 pm

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Now to Turkey, where an attack has touched off accusations that the government is too lenient on extremists. This is the sound of what happened during a meeting of young activists Monday at a Kurdish community center near the Syrian border.

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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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4:31pm

Tue July 14, 2015
National Security

Negotiators Reach Deal On Iran's Nuclear Program

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 7:18 pm

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5:44pm

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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4:31pm

Thu July 9, 2015
National Security

Kerry Says Iran Nuclear Talks 'Will Not Be Rushed'

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 6:26 pm

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4:35pm

Tue July 7, 2015
National Security

Negotiators Continue Talks On Iran's Nuclear Program Past Deadline

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 6:54 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.
Peter Kenyon NPR

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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4:41pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Politics

Turkish President's Ruling Party Loses Majority In Parliament

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

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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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