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Greg Myre

International Editor

Greg Myre is the International Editor for, working closely with NPR correspondents around the world and national security reporters in Washington. He heads the Parallels blog and is a frequent contributor to the website on global affairs. Prior to his current position, he was a senior editor at Morning Edition from 2008-2011.

Before joining NPR, Myre was a foreign correspondent for 20 years with The New York Times and The Associated Press.

He was first posted to South Africa in 1987, where he witnessed Nelson Mandela's release from prison and reported on the final years of apartheid. He was assigned to Pakistan in 1993 and often traveled to war-torn Afghanistan. He was one of the first reporters to interview members of an obscure new group calling itself the Taliban.

Myre was also posted to Cyprus and worked throughout the Middle East, including extended trips to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. He went to Moscow from 1996 to 1999, covering the early days of Vladimir Putin.

He was based in Jerusalem from 2000-2007, reporting on the heaviest fighting ever between Israelis and the Palestinians.

In his years abroad, he traveled to more than 50 countries and reported on a dozen wars. He and his journalist wife Jennifer Griffin co-wrote a 2011 book on their time in Jerusalem, entitled, This Burning Land: Lessons from the Front Lines of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Myre is a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington and has appeared as an analyst on CNN, PBS, BBC, C-SPAN, Fox, Al Jazeera and other networks. He's a graduate of Yale University, where he played football and basketball.

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Pakistani Christians on Monday mourn one of those killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern city of Lahore on Easter Sunday. More than 70 people were killed. Islamist extremists continue to carry out deadly attacks despite a military crackdown that has weakened radicals over the past two years. K.M. Chaudary/AP hide caption

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A Libyan fireman stands in front of a flaming oil storage tank in northern Libya's Ras Lanouf region on Jan. 23. It was set alight in fighting with the Islamic State, which has established a strong presence in the country and taken control of the city of Sirte. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman visits a memorial Nov. 16 near the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. The attack on multiple locations in Paris last fall left 130 dead. David Ramos/Getty Images hide caption

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks at a ceremony Friday commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli in Canakkale, Turkey, Friday. Turkey and the European Union annouced an agreement Friday to deal with Syrian refugees. But Turkey-EU relations have been strained on a number of issues. Kayan Ozer/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) hosts Syrian President Bashar Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow. The meeting took place in October, shortly after Russia began a bombing campaign in Syria in support of Assad. Putin abruptly announced Monday that Russia was withdrawing most of its military forces. Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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