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Charles King

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Charles King is Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University, chair of the Department of Government, and former faculty chair of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is the author of six books, including MIDNIGHT AT THE PERA PALACE: THE BIRTH OF MODERN ISTANBUL (2014) , which received the French Prix de Voyage Urbain "Le Figaro-Peninsula Paris"; ODESSA: GENIUS AND DEATH IN A CITY OF DREAMS (2011) , winner of the National Jewish Book Award; THE GHOST OF FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF THE CAUCASUS (2008) ; and THE BLACK SEA: A HISTORY (2004) . He lectures widely on global...

Elliot Ackerman

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Elliot Ackerman, author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue, is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and a Marine, and has served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.