Amberin Zaman


US President Donald Trump attends a lunch with members of the US military during a visit at the US Central Command and Special Operations Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida, Feb. 6, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

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Turkey, Kurds project confidence as Pentagon plans next Syria moves

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 | Amberin Zaman , Columnist

With the Pentagon close to producing new plans to defeat the Islamic State in Syria, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units and Turkish leaders both insist that the United States will pursue an alliance with them, and US officials keep feeding hopes on both sides.

Pro-Kurdish HDP leader kicked out of Turkish parliament

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 | Amberin Zaman , Columnist

In Turkey’s latest salvo against the pro-Kurdish bloc, the parliament has expelled Peoples’ Democratic Party co-leader Figen Yuksekdag, who remains in jail with fellow leader Selahattin Demirtas and at least nine other HDP deputies while the ruling party continues its legal assaults ahead of the presidential referendum.

Washington quietly rebuffs Turkish delegation’s anti-YPG efforts

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 | Amberin Zaman , Columnist

A high-level delegation of Turkish Foreign Ministry, military and intelligence officials has failed to persuade the United States to exclude the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units from a planned offensive to liberate Raqqa.

Turkish puppy saga draws in politicians, public

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 | Amberin Zaman , Columnist

A shaken and polarized Turkey desperate for good news has been elated by a happy ending to the story of a puppy trapped in an Istanbul borehole.

Turkish daily scraps anti-referendum interview with Nobel laureate

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 | Amberin Zaman , Columnist

In the Turkish press' latest act of self-censorship, Hurriyet has axed its interview with Orhan Pamuk after the celebrated novelist said he will vote no on the upcoming presidential referendum.

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Amberin Zaman is a journalist who has covered Turkey, the Kurds and Armenia for The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, The Los Angeles Times and the Voice of America. She served as The Economist's Turkey correspondent between 1999 and 2016. She was a columnist for the liberal daily Taraf and the mainstream daily Haberturk before switching to the independent Turkish online news portal Diken in 2015. She is currently a public policy scholar at The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, where she is focusing on Kurdish issues. On Twitter: @amberinzaman

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