Cengiz Çandar

Cengiz Çandar (born 1948) is a Turkish journalist and a former war correspondent.

Early life

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 in the newspaper Vatan after living some years in the Middle East and Europe due to his opposition to the regime in Turkey following the military intervention in 1971. An expert for 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, Referans and Güneş as a war correspondent. Currently, he is a columnist for the Turkish Daily News and Radikal.

Çandar served as special adviser to Turkish president Turgut Özal between 1991 and 1993. His interest was drawn to the events during the ethnic unrest in the Balkans between 1993 and 1995. From 1997, Çandar lectured for two years on "History and Politics in the Middle East" at Bilgi University in İstanbul. 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 gained notice internationally, though Radikal columnist Türker Alkan had used the term two weeks earlier.

In 2007, he condemned the authorities for depriving Aghtamar of its Armenian past by renaming it to "Akdamar".


  • Direnen Filistin (The Palestine that Resists) (1976)
  • Dünden Yarına İran (Iran: From Yesterday to Tomorrow) (1981)
  • Ortadoğu Çıkmazı (The Middle East Impassé) (1983)
  • Tarihle Randevu (Rendezvous with History) (1983)
  • Güneşin Yedi Rengi (The Seven Colours of the Sun) (1987)

(English title translations not official)


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