Vatikiotis's stories dwell in the twilight region between reportage and literature. The story follows two friends, a Catholic priest and a Muslim trader, who confront a sudden and terrifying outbreak of religious conflict. Time magazine praised the novel for "evoking the sights and scents of the Tropics, unsparing in its portrayal of the violence of the era". John Walsh at The Asian Review of Books commented that the novel "Ultimately, celebrates the ambiguity and compromise that human frailty requires for society to continuity",  later adding "Vatikiotis is to be praised for bringing this episode to greater public attention and presenting it with skill and sensitivity.
When discussing Ground Zero , Vatikiotis recalls "I wanted to write stories that highlight the ironies and contradictions of the situation and bring out different aspects of the problem other than the mainstream ones. It is the story of Sito, a brilliantly gifted artist who leaves his home in a poor village in Central Java while still in his teens, to make his name and his fortune in the royal city of Jogjakarta. The Wall Street Journal notes that Mr.
Vatikiotis "writes earnestly about Indonesia, and his novel brims with edifying discursions on Javanese history, culture and religion",  whilst also mentioning that "Mr. Vatikiotis's reporting experience in the region is obvious in the novel's colorful details on local history and urban-rural contrasts.
Vatikiotis joined the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in and has worked on promoting and facilitating dialogue in armed conflict around Asia. The BBC reported that when he was brought in to negotiate between the Thai government and protesting Red Shirts in the heart of Bangkok in , "He discovered that though the rebels hadn't spoken face to face with the government, they were being phoned by government ministers on their mobiles and conducting ad hoc negotiations on the move.
He had to persuade the Red Shirts to put their demands down in writing, rather than relying on unstructured negotiations with the authorities.
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