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I'm a City Journal contributing editor, a Senior Fellow for Turkey of the American Foreign Policy Council, a freelance investigative journalist, travel writer, biographer, and novelist who lives in Istanbul. My journalism has been published in Arabies Trends, Asia Times, Azure, the Browser, City A.M, First Post, Gatestone International Policy Council, National Review, Penthouse, Policy Review, Radio Free Europe, Standpoint, Tablet, the American, the American Interest, the American Review, the Claremont Review of Books, the Financial Times, the Globe and Mail, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the Middle East Journal of International Affairs, the National, the National Interest, the New York Sun, the New York Times, the Oxford International Review, the Spectator, Ricochet, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Washington Times Communities, The Weekly Standard, Travel & Leisure, Traveler's Tales, World Affairs Journal, as well as numerous anthologies and encyclopedias. I'm also the author of two spy novels and an occasional guest on local and international radio and television shows. Since receiving a first class degree in modern history and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, I have lived and worked in Britain, Thailand, Laos, France, and Turkey.
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Senior Fellow for Turkey

Mar 2012

Available for consultation on all matters concerning Turkish domestic politics, economy, and foreign policy.

Contributor and Editor

May 2009

I wrote daily blog entries and enforced civil standards of discourse on a website dedicated to right-of-center discussion.

Scholar and Contributing Editor

Jan 2008

Articles and Op-eds picked up by national news: The View from Abroad, RealClearPolitics, 09-11-11 The Politics of Earthquakes, Los Angeles Times, 07-24-11 Dominican Republic or Bust, The Browser, 09-20-10 Notable & Quotable, Wall Street Journal, 05-15-10 Does Our GM (Government Motors) Await Same Sorry Fate As Britain's?, Investor's Business Daily, 11-24-09 City Journal articles: Who Is Fethullah Gülen?, Autumn 2012 Supping Full with Horrors, 23 April 2012 Joie de Decline

Freelance journalist specializing in Turkish politics, foreign relations and culture

Oct 2005

Please consult my websites, , and

Freelance Writer

Jan 2000

Travel writer, biographer, and novelist. Author of "Blackmailed by History: Why the Continent's Crisis is America's, Too," and "There is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters," which Newt Gingrich said "every American should read" and Theodore Dalrymple described as "about as powerful a defense of Thatcher's record as is likely ever to be written." I'm also the author of two spy novels. Please see: Amazon:

Manager, California State

May 1998 - Nov 1998 (6 months)

Recruited, trained and managed reporters to cover the 1998 General Election for AP, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and NBC.


Sep 1996 - Jan 1997 (4 months)

Adjunct Professor, Middle East Politics

Aug 1996 - Jan 1997 (5 months)

I taught some of the most decent, hardest-working students I've ever known. I'm proud to say many of them have gone on to be accomplished and admirable men and women.

Journalist and Editor

Jan 1995 - Jan 1996 (1 year)

Part of original team that founded the well-known pan-Asian business and politics daily.


Doctorate, Oxford University, Balliol College, International Relations

1992 - 1995 (3 years)

Balliol College, Oxford University B.A. (First Class Hons.) and M.A., Modern History

1988 - 1990 (2 years)

M.Phil, International Relations

1990 - 1992 (2 years)

BA, Philosophy

1981 - 1987 (6 years)


Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship (1988)

Rotary International

Rhodes Scholarship Finalist (1989)

State of Washington

British Overseas Studentship (1991)

United Kingdon

Moody Research Grant (1993)

Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation


There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters

Great Britain in the 1970s appeared to be in terminal decline--ungovernable, an economic train wreck, and rapidly headed for global irrelevance. Three decades later, it is the richest and most influential country in Europe, and Margaret Thatcher is the reason. The preternaturally determined Thatcher rose from nothing, seized control of Britain's Conservative party, and took a sledgehammer to the nation's postwar socialist consensus. She proved that socialism could be reversed, inspiring a global

Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis Is America's, Too

Traveling overland from London to Istanbul, journalist Claire Berlinski shows why the Continent has lately appeared so bewildering--and often so thoroughly obnoxious--to Americans. Speaking to Muslim immigrants, German rock stars, French cops, and Italian women who have better things to do than have children, she finds that Europe is still, despite everything, in the grip of the same old ancient demons. Anyone who knows the history can sense it: There is something ugly--and familiar--in the air. But so

Loose Lips: A Novel

After sending her résumé to the CIA on a whim, New Yorker Selena Keller is contacted by an Agency recruiter, who asks her how she would feel about convincing another human being to commit treason. Despite her checkered past, Selena passes the background investigation and a battery of bizarre aptitude tests. Living under cover as a government budget analyst, she begins her education in espionage at the Farm, the CIA's covert facility. All CIA officers must survive a demanding training

Lion Eyes: A Novel

Of Claire Berlinski's marvelous debut novel, Loose Lips-a perfect blend of satire, romance, and suspense featuring a young female CIA operative-book critic Frank Bascombe observed: "It's more than a little obvious that [protagonist] Selena Keller is Claire Berlinski." Despite her assertions to the contrary, Berlinski isn't above poking fun at that notion in her hilarious and intriguing new novel. In Lion Eyes, a fictional Claire-the author of a novel about love among young C

The Making of US Arms Transfer Policy Toward the Arab-Israeli Antagonists, 1967-1988

In the two decades following the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the United States exported a vast compass of conventional weapons to the states directly involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict. This thesis establishes the reasons for these decisions and identifies the agencies and individuals within the United States government by whom arms policy was constructed and sustained. The forces that shaped the United States' policy may be viewed as falling along a continuum. One side of this continuum represents pres


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