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Elena Dück
Elena Dück
2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow

Elena Dück is a political scientist with a focus on foreign policy analysis. Since 2015, she has been managing the double master’s program in Intercultural Management at the Turkish-German University and the University of Passau. As a lecturer, she has taught classes on Turkish foreign policy, Turkey-EU relations, and theories of international relations. In November 2018, she was a visiting scholar at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul. She has published on Turkish-Tunisian relations, as well as on U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. She is currently working on the development of a model for sustainable foreign policy that contributes to the reduction of global hierarchies.

Dück’s PhD thesis focused on identity concepts and social-constructivist foreign policy analysis. She holds a BA and MA in International Cultural and Business Studies from the University of Passau, where she also pursed her PhD. In 2013, she worked as an intern at the German Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua. In 2010, she spent a semester abroad studying at the University Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Project: “International Cooperation in Education: A Cornerstone of Sustainable Foreign Policy”

This research project aims at exploring the impact of educational cooperation in German foreign policy, using the Turkish-German University and German schools in Turkey as examples. Educational cooperation should be conceptualized as a tool of sustainable foreign policy, meaning a foreign policy that is long-term oriented rather than problem-driven and strives to reduce global hierarchies. The underlying normative assumption is that foreign policy should aim at opening up channels of cooperation and communication at eye level.

In order to analyze the potential and realities of German educational cooperation, there will be interviews with alumni and current students at the example institutions as well as with teaching staff. The focus of the research is on how German-Turkish relations are taught and if the goal of fostering Turkish-German relations is met. Moreover, the research will inquire how existing global hierarchies are perceived and addressed in the institutions and if students feel that their education contributes to making them “cultural ambassadors.”

Using qualitative content analysis and theoretical considerations on “sustainable” foreign policy as a benchmark, the project aims to develop recommendations for achieving the above-stated goals in educational cooperation in the Turkish-German context in particular and more general on the theoretical level.

German External Cultural and Educational Policies in Turkey: Cooperation as Equal Partners?

2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow Elena Dück's policy brief "German External Cultural and Educational Policies in Turkey: Cooperation as Equal Partners?" was published in June 2021.

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Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows

We welcome our 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding and Özge Geyik.

Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı | The "Green New Deal for Turkey" to Tackle The Climate Crisis

David Samuel Williams | How National Adaptation Plans Can Address and Consider Vulnerable Communities

Elena Dück | International Cooperation in Education: A Cornerstone of Sustainable Foreign Policy

Jan Schierkolk | Promoting Civic Participation in EU-Turkish Municipal Cooperation

Karolína Augustová | Violent Impacts of EU's Externalization Politics on Refugees' Everyday Mobility in Turkey

Michael Kaeding | Turkey’s (Enhanced) Engagement in EU Agencies: A Potential Membership Substitute Mechanism in a Differentiated European Union

Özge Geyik | Climate Change and Nutritional Sustainability: Aligning Climate Change, Food Production and Public Health Nutrition Targets

The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 19 at The Seed. The event began with welcoming remarks by Yusuf Leblebici, followed by remarks from Fuat Keyman and Michael Schwarz. The event continued with a speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Scholar Senem Aydın-Düzgit. The speech was followed by a movie screening that introduced the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding, and Özge Geyik. 

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Please click here to watch the speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Fellow Senem Aydın-Düzgit.