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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National Security
5:03 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

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

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:07 pm

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
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 3:01 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
4:42 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

As Nuclear Talks Resume, Iranian Negotiators Consider Republican Letter

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 8:01 pm

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Parallels
8:00 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
4:10 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Netanyahu's Suggestions Could Drive Iran In The Opposite Direction

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 9:09 am

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Middle East
4:36 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Odds Of Nuclear Deal With Iran May Be Rising

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 9:42 pm

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For months we've heard about the slow going in the talks with Iran about its nuclear program. Well, now is the time to start paying attention if you haven't. As we're about to hear, there has been important progress.

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The Two-Way
10:55 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 1:23 pm

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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Europe
5:04 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Kerry In Geneva For Latest Nuclear Talks With Iran

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:38 pm

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Middle East
8:01 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Turkey Launches Operation Across Syria's Border

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

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Middle East
8:03 am
Sat February 21, 2015

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

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 4:52 pm

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Middle East
7:56 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Jordan Rejects ISIS Claim That Strike Killed American Hostage

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

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Middle East
4:35 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Jordan's Military Claims New Air Strikes Against ISIS

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

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Parallels
4:37 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 8:16 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
11:04 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.
Peter Kenyon NPR

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 12:38 pm

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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World
4:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

ISIS Demands $200 Million Ransom For Japanese Hostages

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

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Middle East
5:16 am
Mon January 19, 2015

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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World
4:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

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

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Parallels
9:23 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Turkey's President And His 1,100-Room 'White Palace'

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.
Aykut Unlupinar Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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

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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Parallels
7:38 am
Sun December 7, 2014

For Iran, The Trend Lines All Seem To Point In The Wrong Direction

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.
Mohammad Berno AP

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

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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Energy
4:23 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

OPEC Declines Action As World Oil Prices Hit Record Lows

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 7:12 pm

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