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
3:37 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

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

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 7:07 pm

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Middle East
5:15 am
Tue March 24, 2015

March Deadline Approaches For Iran Nuclear Talks Deal

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 9:10 am

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The Two-Way
11:58 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 2:01 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
4:41 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

As Nuclear Talks Resume, Iranian Negotiators Consider Republican Letter

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:01 pm

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Parallels
7:00 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
3:10 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Netanyahu's Suggestions Could Drive Iran In The Opposite Direction

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 8:09 am

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Middle East
5:11 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Odds Of Nuclear Deal With Iran May Be Rising

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 8:42 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
10:09 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 12:23 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
4:04 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Kerry In Geneva For Latest Nuclear Talks With Iran

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 1:38 pm

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Middle East
7:01 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Turkey Launches Operation Across Syria's Border

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 11:36 am

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