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Susanne Güsten
2014/15 Mercator-IPC Fellow

Susanne Güsten has been working in Turkey as a journalist for international media since 1997. She has taken a special interest in the return of Syriacs from the diaspora to the region of Tur Abdin since the beginning of 2001. Susanne has repeatedly visited the region throughout the years and has reported on the issue for The International New York TimesDer TagesspiegelDas Parlament, Deutschlandfunk, Deutsche Welle and Swiss National Radio among other news agencies. Before moving to Turkey, she worked for Agence France-Presse in Germany for ten years, where she last served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief.

She was raised in Nigeria, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire. She obtained an M.A. in Political Science in Germany and graduated from the German School of Journalism (DJS).

She is married to a journalist and mother of a teenage daughter.

Activities as Mercator-IPC Fellow

Policy Report
The Syriac Property Issue in Tur Abdin
July 2015 | Istanbul Policy Center

A Farewell to Tur Abdin
August 2016 | Istanbul Policy Center

Briefing on current problems faced by the Syriacs of Tur Abdin
April 1, 2015| German Foreign Ministry, Berlin

Deutschland, die Aramäer/Assyrer und der Kurdenkonflikt
March 31, 2015 | Network Turkey, Humboldt University, Berlin.

UN Event on Turkey and Its Unrecognized Aremean People
January 26, 2015 | United Nations Office in Geneva

Event (participated)
United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review of Turkey’s Human Rights
January 27, 2015 | United Nations Office in Geneva

Turkey: Controlling Religion in a Secular Country Debate with Mustafa Akyol on Interfaith Voices, USA

Restitution of Armenian Property Remains Unsolved
April 20 2105 | Al-Monitor

Syriacs commemorate their massacre
April 12, 2015 | Al-Monitor

Der verlorene Sohn
January 29, 2015 | Augsburger Allgemeine

Eyeing political gains, Kurds and Syriacs aim to mend old wounds
January 26, 2015 | Al-Monitor

In gutem Glauben
January 22, 2015 | Der Tagesspiegel

Kirchenbau in Istanbul erweist sich als Mogelpackung
January 7, 2015 | Frankfurter Rundschau

Neuer Ärger in alter Heimat
December 8, 2014| Das Parlament

Land grab in Turkey’s southeast threatens return of minorities
December 5, 2014 | AlMonitor

Pope’s visit to Turkey is a chance to bridge ancient divide
November 12, 2014 | AlMonitor

Wir müssen helfen!
No 41, 2014 |Christ& Welt