Kareem Fahim


Istanbul bureau chief covering the Middle East

Education: Occidental College, bachelor's degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs; Columbia University, SIPA, master's degree in International Affairs

Kareem Fahim has served as the Istanbul bureau chief and a Middle East correspondent for The Washington Post since September 2016. Previously, he worked for 11 years as a staff reporter for the New York Times, with assignments on the metro desk and as a Cairo-based foreign correspondent reporting on the Arab uprisings and their aftermath. Fahim attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, and Columbia University's graduate School of International and Public Affairs. He grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., and in Kuwait.
Latest from Kareem Fahim

Erdogan claims lead amid contested vote count in Turkey election

A pivotal election between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu was thrown into chaos late Sunday amid a dispute over the vote count.

May 14, 2023

Facing toughest election in years, Turkey’s Erdogan lashes out

Erdogan's rancorous rhetoric reflects the pressures and peril of an election unlike any other during his two decades as Turkey's dominant political figure.

May 12, 2023

Turkey elections: Erdogan’s challenger vows to end ‘authoritarian rule’

“Turkey is a country of prohibitions," Kemal Kilicdaroglu told The Post in an interview this week. "When we are in power, Turkey will be a country of freedom.”

May 10, 2023

From his kitchen table, Erdogan’s challenger gets his message out

Shut out of mainstream media ahead of Turkey's May 14 election, the main opposition candidate has put out videos online laying out his vision for a Turkey after Erdogan.

May 7, 2023

Turkey elections: Are voters ready to move on from Erdogan?

In interviews across Istanbul, voters expressed anxiety about the state of their finances ahead of pivotal presidential and parliamentary elections on May 14.

May 5, 2023

A new threat rises in earthquake-battered Turkey: Mountains of rubble

In Samandag, the dump sites are another blow to a wounded town, sparking protests by residents and environmental activists, and fears of future health problems.

April 25, 2023

China hosts rare meeting of top diplomats from Saudi Arabia and Iran

The meeting was the latest sign of easing tensions between between Iran and Saudi Arabia, whose enmity has fueled instability across the Middle East.

April 6, 2023

Turkey approves Finland’s NATO bid, clearing path for it to join alliance

Finland and Sweden applied to join the military bloc after Russia invaded Ukraine. Turkey has still not approved Sweden's bid.

March 30, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Grain deal extended; Putin’s ICC arrest warrant is justified, Biden says

The United Nations and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who brokered the grain deal, did not say how long this extension will last.

March 18, 2023

Turkey backs Finland for NATO membership, snubs Sweden

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has played spoiler for much of the past 10 months.

March 17, 2023