Michael Thumann has been the Diplomatic Correspondent of Die Zeit since 2013. He is based in Berlin. Prior to that, he reported on Turkey and the Middle East as Die Zeit’s Istanbul Bureau Chief. In 2014/15 and between 1996 and 2001 he reported on Russia and Central Asia as the Moscow Bureau Chief of Die Zeit. From 2002 until 2007, he served as the Foreign Editor of Die Zeit in Hamburg.
In 2010 he did research as a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC. In 2000, he joined the Kennan Institute with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWIC) in Washington, D.C., as a Public Policy Scholar. Until 2009 he served on the Advisory Council of this institution.
Neue Anschrift Bosporus. Wie wir versuchten, in der Türkei heimisch zu werden, (Hamburg: Rowohlt 2016). Der Islam-Irrtum. Europas Angst vor der muslimischen Welt(Frankfurt: Eichborn 2011). Turkey’s Role Reversals, in: The Wilson Quarterly (Washington, DC: Summer 2010).
La puissance russe: un puzzle à reconstituer? (Paris: Editions Alvik, 2003). Das Lied von der russischen Erde. Moskaus Ringen um Einheit und Größe(Stuttgart/Munich: DVA, 2002).