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

Greece request for U.S. fighter jets sticking point for Turkey’s F-16s

President Biden has all-but promised Turkey new F-16s for backing Sweden’s NATO accession. But sealing the deal is tricky.

July 12, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Turkey agrees to Sweden NATO admission; Putin met with Wagner chief after rebellion

President Vladimir Putin and Yevgeniy Prigozhin met for three hours in Moscow on June 29, the Kremlin said. President Biden met with King Charles and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Britain.

July 10, 2023

Turkey drops opposition to Sweden’s NATO bid on eve of summit

If Turkey and Hungary indeed ratify Swedish accession, it will cement a major shift in European security in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

July 10, 2023

Outliers Turkey, Hungary threaten NATO unity in standoff with Russia

As the alliance prepares to gather in Lithuania for a critical summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban are holding up Sweden’s accession.

July 9, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Ukraine ‘running out of ammunition,’ Biden says; no NATO invitation for Zelensky at upcoming summit

The Biden administration's decision to supply cluster munitions to Ukraine bypasses a U.S. law that prohibits their use, production or transfer.

July 8, 2023

How Erdogan won after a close call in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won reelection, beating a challenge from a united opposition movement and cementing his tenure at the country’s helm into a third decade.

May 31, 2023

Erdogan continues divisive rhetoric following victory

Erdogan's harsh rhetoric after his reelection may set Turkey on a turbulent course for the foreseeable future.

May 30, 2023

Erdogan wins reelection in Turkey after bitter campaign

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earned another five-year term Sunday, overcoming a weak economy and a united opposition to cement his rule after two decades in power.

May 28, 2023

In Erdogan stronghold, adulation and unease ahead of Turkey runoff

The city of Sivas in central Turkey is a bastion of Erdogan loyalists, but some here describe support for the president as tenuous despite his first-round victory.

May 27, 2023

Turkish opposition, trailing Erdogan, faces hard post-election truths

On the streets of Istanbul, and in opposition party headquarters across Turkey, supporters of Kemal Kilicdaroglu despaired about their chances of defeating Erdogan.

May 17, 2023