Hugh Pope is since 2007 the Turkey/Cyprus Project Director for International Crisis Group, the conflict-prevention organization. Based in Istanbul, he writes reports on EU-Turkey relations, Cyprus and Turkey's ties with its neighbours. Pope was previously a foreign correspondent for 25 years, most recently spending a decade as a Turkey, Middle East and Central Asia Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Pope received a B.A. in Oriental Studies (Persian and Arabic) from Oxford University.
Mr. Pope has written TURKEY UNVEILED: a History of Modern Turkey (London 1997, a New York Times "notable book"), and SONS OF THE CONQUERORS: the Rise of the Turkic world (New York 2005, an Economist magazine "book of the year"). His latest book is DINING WITH AL-QAEDA: Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds of the Middle East (New York: Thomas Dunne/St Martins Press). He blogs about the book on www.hughpope.com, on Turkey/Cyprus on www.crisisgroup.org, and on writing life on www.twitter.com/mister_q_.