Alexander Clapp

Alexander Clapp is an Athens-based freelance journalist whose articles about the Balkans have appeared in The American InterestThe New Left Review and The London Review of Books.


He started his career at the Kathimerini newspaper in Athens, where he worked for two years after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania.

Fellowship Article


More and more Turks are ‘coming home’ to the Balkans. As a new diaspora community takes root, will it transplant the values of Erdogan’s ‘new Turkey’?


12 Jul 2018 / 13:30

How ‘Sultan Erdogan’ Rallied the Faithful in Sarajevo

Alexander Clapp

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rally in Sarajevo on Sunday, May 20 coincided with the first week of Ramadan. On the Friday before the event, the mood of the city was subdued, almost dead. There were no posters heralding his arrival. My hotel was all but empty.