Marcus Tanner is an editor and trainer for the Balkans Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN. He was the Balkans correspondent for The Independent from 1988 to 1994, assistant foreign editor from 1995 to 2000 and returned there as part-time leader writer from 2006 to 2015. In 2006 he worked as an editor in Kyrgyzstan for IWPR. He was an editor for the British police inspectorate, HMICFRS, from 2015 to 2017. He has written a number of books on Croatia, Ireland, the Celts and Hungary, published by Yale university Press, and a biography of the Balkan explorer Edith Durham, published by Tauris.