Kadri Gürsel is a columnist for Turkish daily Milliyet since 2007. He’s also a contributing writer to Al-Monitor web site. His main focuses are Turkish foreign policy, international affairs, Turkey’s Kurdish question, as well as Turkey’s evolving political Islam and its national and regional impacts.
Before becoming full-time columnist in the fall of 2008, he was in charge of the foreign news desk of Milliyet as editor. Beginning from 1999, he fulfilled this task for 9 years.
He joined Milliyet publishing group as the vice editor in chief of a newly launched weekly news magazine called “Artı-Haber”, in 1997.
Kadri Gürsel also worked for the Agence France-Presse for nearly five years, between 1993-97, as İstanbul based correspondent.
While in the AFP, he was kidnapped in the Turkish south-east by the PKK in 1995.
He narrated his misadventures in the hands of the PKK, which endured 26 days in different locations of the mountainous south-east, in his book entitled “Dağdakiler” (Those of the Mountains) published in 1996. The book contains first hand observations and analysis on the PKK’s guerillas daily life, armed struggle and their mindset.
Kadri Gürsel is in journalism since 1986. He worked for several daily newspapers, including Cumhuriyet, and weekly news magazines before joining AFP.
He is also the Chairman of the Turkish National Committee of the International Press Institute (IPI).
Kadri Gürsel was born in Istanbul, in 1961.