Kareem Fahim


Istanbul bureau chief covering the Middle East

Education: Occidental College, bachelor's degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs; Columbia University, SIPA, master's degree in International Affairs

Kareem Fahim has served as the Istanbul bureau chief and a Middle East correspondent for The Washington Post since September 2016. Previously, he worked for 11 years as a staff reporter for the New York Times, with assignments on the metro desk and as a Cairo-based foreign correspondent reporting on the Arab uprisings and their aftermath. Fahim attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, and Columbia University's graduate School of International and Public Affairs. He grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., and in Kuwait.
Latest from Kareem Fahim

Morocco’s World Cup win lifts a legion of Arab fans

The rare sense of Middle Eastern solidarity has come as a pleasant surprise, bringing together citizens whose governments have often been hostile to one other.

December 7, 2022

After enduring insults and threats, Iranian team exits World Cup

The players on Iran’s national soccer team braved a firestorm, even before they were defeated by the United States on Tuesday.

November 29, 2022

U.S. Soccer briefly alters Iran’s flag on social media

In a statement, the U.S. Soccer Federation, which oversees the national teams, said the decision was made to “show support for the women in Iran fighting for basic human rights.”

November 27, 2022

At the Saudi-Qatari border, calm gives way to giddy World Cup excitement

Qatar's only land border is a quiet stretch of desert — and a bustling meeting point for Saudi soccer fans fired up by a historic upset of Argentina.

November 26, 2022

Iran’s World Cup victory stirs joy, but tensions over protests persist

The looming backdrop to Iran’s World Cup campaign is a nationwide protest movement back home targeting its clerical leadership, and the tensions are spilling onto the field.

November 25, 2022

Iran arrests soccer’s Voria Ghafouri amid scrutiny of World Cup team

The player, Voria Ghafouri, is a critic of the government. Players are under scrutiny for statements in favor of Iran's antigovernment protest movement.

November 24, 2022

World Cup highlights: Saudi Arabia steals the show in Qatar

Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina to open a day that also included defending champion France rolling to a win and a pair of draws from Denmark-Tunisia and Mexico-Poland.

November 22, 2022

In the spotlight, Iran’s World Cup team silently nods to protests at home

The appearance of Team Melli in Qatar is being closely watched — and not just for how it performs, as each side in the divided country looks for their support.

November 21, 2022

World Cup highlights: Netherlands outlasts Senegal; England routs Iran

England beat Iran and the Netherlands beat Senegal before the United States took on Wales.

November 21, 2022

Host Qatar revels in World Cup opener, then suffers a deflating loss

World Cup host Qatar took a 2-0 manhandling from Ecuador and Enner Valencia, who scored both goals.

November 20, 2022