Middle East Expert, Journalist & Author

Hannah Lucinda Smith is a journalist and author. She has lived in Istanbul for over ten years and has covered conflict, an attempted coup, and the rise of controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Her book on the subject: Erdogan Rising: A Warning to Europe (HarperCollins/William Collins 2019).

During her time in the region, largely writing for The Times as their Turkey correspondent, Hannah has also reported on the Middle East, from inside rebel-held Syria, on the front lines of the battle against Isis in Iraq and joined the mass movement of migrants on their journey to Europe in 2015.

Hannah Lucinda Smith Lecture Topics

  • The New Global Political World Order
  • Russia, Turkey & the Middle East – The Playing Field of the Patriarchs
  • From the Middle East to Ukraine: chaos and reordering
  • The Pipeline War: Courage, Risk and Dangers for Europe

Hannah is also co-author of the forthcoming Zarifa: A Woman’s Battle in a Man’s World, the memoir from Zarifa Ghafari, who at 24 became Afghan’s youngest female mayor, inspiring the soon-to-be-premiere documentary film based on her life: In Her Hands.

Hannah Lucinda Smith, who has also worked for the BBC, still contributes to The Times, as well as to the Atlantic, the Spectator, the Economist, Monocle, et al, and is a sought-after consultant / commentator for both the media and private industry. She has been awarded a Pulitzer grant to write for Wired magazine.