Jonathan is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster working mainly for the BBC and Middle Eastern television channels. He is the author of 15 non-fiction books and contributes to a wide range of publications including the Guardian, Turkish Review and the Oldie. Since 1993 he has taught a course in Cultural Expression at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Though based in London since 1981, for seven years he was a journalist in Brussels covering the European Institutions. He is a longstanding member of the governing Council of the Alliance of European Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) and sits on the Federal Executive and parliamentary International Affairs Team of the UK Liberal Democrats.
He is a member of the Advisory Boards of both the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and Research Turkey, and previously served on the Executive of English PEN.