David Lepeska

David Lepeska

David Lepeska, a freelance journalist based in Istanbul, has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Financial Times and other outlets. His work focuses on Turkey and the Middle East. 

War & Conflict

Ankara bombing and the failing Turkish state

The first responsibility of a state is to protect its citizens.

Ankara bombing and the failing Turkish state

Turkey

Another dark moment for the Turkish media

In an increasingly volatile Turkey, the takeover of Zaman marks the latest blow in the battle between Erdogan and Gulen.

Another dark moment for the Turkish media

Politics

Turkey is sinking into the quagmire of Syria

With urban conflicts and major terrorist attacks, Turkey is looking more and more like its war-ravaged neighbour.

Turkey is sinking into the quagmire of Syria

Politics

Kurds in Turkey: Caught in the crossfire

The Turkish state's battle with the PKK in urban districts across the southeast imperils locals and chances of peace.

Kurds in Turkey: Caught in the crossfire

War & Conflict

Middle East: A breeding place for war

One hundred years after the inception of Sykes-Picot, world powers are back fighting over the same spit of land.

Middle East: A breeding place for war

Politics

Can Turkey stem the refugee tide?

After lengthy negotiations, Ankara and the EU finalised their refugee deal. Now comes the hard part.

Can Turkey stem the refugee tide?

War & Conflict

Paris attacks boost expectations in Turkey's G20 summit

G20 leaders gather along the Mediterranean to tackle the world's most vexing problems - none looms larger than Syria.

Paris attacks boost expectations in Turkey's G20 summit

Media

A mountain to climb for Turkey's liberals and leftists

Amid rising violence and a crackdown on free speech, critics raise their voices - but remain pessimistic about the vote.

A mountain to climb for Turkey's liberals and leftists

War & Conflict

Turkey's missed opportunity

Rather than compelling Turks to unite, the Ankara bombing looks set to deepen the fissures in Turkish society.

Turkey's missed opportunity

War & Conflict

Turkey's bounty hunters

Turkey's bold, risky payout plan to catch suspected terrorists may backfire.

Turkey's bounty hunters

Politics

Turkey's summer of mayhem

Living in Turkey today means experiencing a creeping sense of dread - a sense that the animals have the run of the zoo.

Turkey's summer of mayhem

War & Conflict

Ankara on the fence

Turkey abolished one caliphate in 1924 - now it's time to help get rid of another.

Ankara on the fence