Çandar at the "Halifax International Security Forum in 2012
|Born||1948 (age 69–70)|
|Alma mater||"Ankara University|
|Occupation||"Journalist, "war correspondent|
Cengiz Çandar (born 1948) is a "Turkish "journalist, senior columnist, and a Middle East expert. He is the author of bestseller Mezopotamya Ekspresi- Bir Tarih Yolculugu (Mesopotamia Express- A Journey in History) (2012), which has been translated into various languages, including Kurdish (Sorani) and Arabic.
He finished the secondary school at "Talas American College in "Talas, Kayseri and the high school at "Tarsus American College in "Tarsus, "Mersin. Çandar graduated from "Ankara University in 1970 with a "Bachelor's degree in "political science and "international relations.
He began his career as journalist in 1976 for the newspaper "Vatan after living in the "Middle East and "Europe due to his opposition to the regime in Turkey following the military intervention in 1971. Being an expert on the Middle East ("Lebanon and "Palestine) and the "Balkans ("Bosnia and Herzegovina), Çandar worked for the Turkish News Agency and for the leading Turkish newspapers "Cumhuriyet, "Hürriyet, "Sabah, "Referans and "Güneş as a war correspondent. Currently, he is a senior columnist for "Radikal. and a columnist of "Al-Monitor.
Çandar served as special adviser on foreign policy to Turkish president "Turgut Özal between 1991 and 1993. He was the lead on the establishment of relationship between the Turkish Presidency and the Iraqi Kurdish leadership (1991) that led recognition of "Jalal Talabani and "Massoud Barzani in Turkey. He was also actively involved in Balkan politics, especially during the ethnic unrest in the Balkans between 1993 and 1995. In 1998, he was among the well-known journalists who have been subjected to an aggressive defamation campaign by the military. Between 1999 and 2000, he did research work on "Turkey of the 21st century" as a Public Policy Scholar at the "Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Fellow at the "United States Institute of Peace. His description of the 1998 events in Turkey as a "post-modern coup". Çandar is one of the Turkish intellectuals who have recognized the "Armenian Genocide by releasing an apology for the "great catastrophe of 1915". The text of the apology was "My conscience does not accept the insensitivity showed to and the denial of the Great Catastrophe that the Ottoman Armenians were subjected to in 1915. I reject this injustice and for my share, I empathize with the feelings and pain of my Armenian brothers and sisters. I apologize to them." In 2007, he condemned the authorities for depriving "Aghtamar of its Armenian past by renaming it to "Akdamar".
His report "Leaving the Mountain': How May the PKK Lay Down Arms?" was commissioned by Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) (published in Turkish in 2011 and in English in 2012) analyses what type of a political infrastructure is needed to ultimately resolve the 'Kurdish question’.
He has taught at Istanbul Bilgi University (1997-1999), Istanbul Kültür University (2002-2010), Özyegin University (2011). He is a frequent commentator on Turkey, Kurdish issue and Middle East affairs in international newspapers and on TV and lectures globally at universities including at Harvard University, Boston and University of Oxford.
The English translations of these titles are not the official titles.