I’m a Cyprus-based Middle East correspondent, reporting on the region since 1989. I have extensive broadcasting experience with LBC, IRN, National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I’ve had 1,100 stories published in The Times (London) and also written for The Observer, The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Mail, The Scotsman and The National (Abu Dhabi). In recent years I’ve focused on Iran, which I’ve visited 14 times since 1993.
I recently compiled and wrote most of this special background briefing on efforts to reunify Cyprus since 1974. There are profiles of the main players in the current negotiations and of those involved in previous settlement attempts. There are concise, factual guides to earlier peace plans, a useful chronology of events going back to 1955, maps and features. You will also see photographs of Varosha before and after it became the world’s biggest ghost town plus a video of Nicosia International Airport.
Why Cyprus approves of Britain using a sprawling British airbase on the island to launch attacks against ISIS.
A 15-minute phone call between Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, thaws 34 years of ice between US and Iran.
Young British evangelicals who are into clubbing enthusiasts go to the party town of Ayia Napa in Cyprus to save souls.
Saudi Arabia’s first female commercial pilot can’t drive to work –but flies jet aircraft when she gets there.
When I turned 40, I did a fun travel piece for the Observer asking whether people my age could have fun in the Cypriot tourist resort of Ayia Napa, a renowned party town.
Greek and Turkish Cypriots remove the divide on Nicosia’s main shopping street that kept them apart for nearly half a century.
Here’s a story in The Telegraph on how a popular squeaky cheese – halloumi – is helping to bridge the divide between Cyprus’s estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities:
A Christmas story for the Times on how illegal bird trapping in Cyprus could be responsible for fewer festive robins being spotted in British gardens.
Johnson is available 9:00-17:00 GMT Mon‑Fri, or by email 24/7