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Senem Aydın-Düzgit
Senem Aydın-Düzgit
Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator, Senior Scholar

Senem Aydın-Düzgit is a Senior Scholar and the Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator at Istanbul Policy Center and a Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Sabancı University.

She was previously a Jean Monnet Chair of EU Political and Administrative Studies in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. Her main research interests include European foreign policy, Turkish foreign policy, discourse studies and politics of identity. She holds a Ph.D. from Vrije Universiteit Brussels, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Boğaziçi University.

Her articles have been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies, West European PoliticsCooperation and Conflict, Politics, South European Society and PoliticsAlternativesInternational Relations, and Politique Europeenne. She is the author of (with Alper Kaliber) Is Turkey De-Europeanising? (Routledge, 2017), (with Nathalie Tocci) Turkey and the European Union (Palgrave, 2015) and Constructions of European Identity (Palgrave, 2012). She is a member of the ECFR Council, a board member of the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), a member of the Global Relations Forum (GIF) and a member of the Carnegie Rising Democracies Network. She also serves as the Associate Editor of South European Society and Politics. She was awarded the Young Scientist Award of Turkey’s Science Academy (BAGEP) in 2014 and has been admitted as a Fellow of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) at the beginning of 2020.

Turkey-EU Relations before the March Summit: The Way Forward?

Director of the European Union Studies Centre at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) Nilgün Arısan-Eralp, Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, Director Fuat Keyman, and Secretary-General of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) Çiğdem Nas' policy brief “Turkey-EU Relations before the March Summit: The Way Forward?” was published in March 2021.

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Turkey-U.S. Relations in the Changing Transatlantic Context

Director of the European Union Studies Centre at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) Nilgün Arısan-Eralp, Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, Director Fuat Keyman, and Secretary-General of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) Çiğdem Nas' policy brief “Turkey-U.S. Relations in the Changing Transatlantic Context" was published in February 2021. 

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The Role of Differentiation in EU Foreign, Security and Defence Policy Cooperation with Neighbouring Countries

Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator and Senior Scholar Senem Aydın-Düzgit, the Centre for European Reform (CER) Foreign Policy Director Ian Bond; and CER Research Fellow Luigi Scazzieri's policy paper "The Role of Differentiation in EU Foreign, Security and Defence Policy Cooperation with Neighbouring Countries" was published in IAI on March 2021.

 

 

EU-Turkish Relations After The Council Summit: A Chance for Reengagement or Facing a Complete Breakdown?

Director Fuat Keyman, Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, Secretary-General of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) Çiğdem Nas and Director of the European Union Studies Centre at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) Nilgün Arısan-Eralp's policy brief "EU-Turkish Relations After The Council Summit: A Chance for Reengagement or Facing a Complete Breakdown?" was published in November 2020.

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Normative Challengers During A Pandemic: Covid-19 Reporting in Turkey and Russia

Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Senior Scholar Evren Balta's policy brief "Normative Challengers During A Pandemic: Covid-19 Reporting in Turkey and Russia" was published in October 2020.

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Turkey: A Vicious Cycle of Euroscepticism?

Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak and Paul Schmidt's book Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe Views from the Capitals was published on 2020 with Palgrave Macmillan. The book featured a chapter by Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit and METU Faculty Member Özgehan Şenyuva, titled "Turkey: A Vicious Cycle of Euroscepticism?"

Turkey, Russia and the West: Reassessing Persistent Volatility, Asymmetric Interdependence, and the Syria Conflict

Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Senior Scholar Evren Balta, and IPC Researcher Andrew O’Donohue’s report Turkey, Russia and the West: Reassessing Persistent Volatility, Asymmetric Interdependence, and the Syria Conflict was published.

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Governance, State and Democracy in a Post-Corona World

Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Director Fuat Keyman’ policy brief “Governance, State and Democracy in a Post-Corona World” was published in April 2020.

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Turkey as a Model for the Mediterranean? Revealing Discursive Continuities with Europe's Imperial Past

Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator and Senior Scholar Senem Aydın Düzgit, Koç University Faculty Member Bahar Rumelili and İzmir Katip Çelebi University Faculty Member Seçkin Barış Gülmez's article "Turkey as a Model for the Mediterranean? Revealing Discursive Continuities with Europe’s Imperial Past" was published in Interventions International Journal of Postcolonial Studies on April 12, 2020.

Changing Parameters of Migration Cooperation: Beyond the EU-Turkey Deal?

Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellow Kristen Biehl’s report Changing Parameters of Migration Cooperation: Beyond the EU-Turkey Deal? was published in December 2019.

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Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarization

Researcher Andrew O'Donohue and Thomas Carothers' book Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarization was published on September 24, 2019 with the Brookings Institution Press. The book featured a chapter by Senem Aydın-Düzgit, titled “The Islamist-Secularist Divide and Turkey's Descent into Severe Polarization.

Between Rapprochement and Rejection: Identity and Cultural Drivers in Europe-Turkey Relations

Senior Scholar & Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Director of Austrian Cultural Forum Romana Königsbrun, Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at the Department of International Relations at Koc University Bahar Rumelili and Doctoral Fellow at the University of Vienna Johanna Chovanec's report Between Rapprochement and Rejection: Identity and Cultural Drivers in Europe-Turkey Relations was published in April 2019.

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PESCO and Third Countries: Breaking the Deadlock in European Security

Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit‘s policy brief “Pesco and Third Countries: Breaking the Deadlock in European Security” was published in January 2018.

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The Illiberal Turn in Advanced Democracies

Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Director Fuat Keyman‘s policy brief “The Illiberal Turn in Advanced Democracies” was published in December 2017.

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Legitimizing Europe in Contested Settings: Europe as a Normative Power in Turkey?

Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit's article "Legitimizing Europe in Contested Settings: Europe as a Normative Power in Turkey?" was published in Journal of Common Market Studies in October 2017.

Turkey after the July 15 th Coup Attempt: When Elites Polarize Over Polarization

Senior Scholar and Academic Affairs Coordinator and Associate Professor of International Relations at Sabancı University Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Yıldız Technical University Faculty Member Evren Balta‘s report Turkey after the July 15th Coup Attempt: When Elites Polarize Over Polarization was published in April 2017.

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The Trump Presidency and the Rise of Populism in the Global Context

Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Director Fuat Keyman‘s policy brief “The Trump Presidency and the Rise of Populism in the Global Context” was published in January 2017.

Donald Trump’s ascendancy to power after the U.S. presidential election in November 2016 has fueled debates on the global rise of populism. In the wake of the resurgent populist movement, the United States has become the first long-established Western democracy currently ruled by a right-wing populist leader. This policy brief examines the current debate on populism, its causes, and remedies in light of this election and proposes new modes of responding to this phenomenon within liberal democracies.

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Brexit: What, Why and How?

Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator and Senior Scholar Senem Aydın-Düzgit's policy brief  “Brexit: What, Why and How?” was published in June 2016.

On June 23, the British people voted to determine whether their country were to leave or remain inside the European Union (EU). The turnout was at 72 per cent, and the result was a narrow call with 52 per cent of the voters choosing to end Britain’s EU membership. Senem Aydın-Düzgit asks three questions after the referendum: What, why and how.

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Yeni Anayasa'ya Doğru: Kurumsal Reform ve Demokrasi Kültürünün Gelişimi

Director Fuat Keyman, İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty Member Senem Aydın-Düzgit, KONDA Research and Consultancy General Director Bekir Ağırdır, Sabancı University Faculty Members Özge Kemahlıoğlu and Işık Özel's book Yeni Anayasa’ya Doğru: Kurumsal Reform ve Demokrasi Kültürünün Gelişimi  was published in December 2015 with TÜRKONFED.

Turkish Foreign Policy after the Elections: Where to from Here?

İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty Member Senem Aydın-Düzgit's commentary "Turkish Foreign Policy after the Elections: Where to from Here?" was published in Global Turkey in Europe in July 2015.

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Global Turkey in Europe III: Democracy, Trade, and the Kurdish Question in Turkey-EU Relations

(July 2014-May 2015)

Global Turkey in Europe's third volume sheds light on four key areas in EU-Turkey relations: foreign relations, democracy, the Kurdish question, and economic and trade issues. Building on its two preceding collective volumes, Global Turkey in Europe III intends to contribute to a comprehensive discussion on shaping a common Turkish-European future with an eye to key domestic, regional, and global challenges and opportunities facing both the EU and Turkey.

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Democracy Support in Turkey's Foreign Policy

Director Fuat Keyman and Senior Scholar and İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty Member Senem Aydın-Düzgit's article "Democracy Support in Turkey's Foreign Policy" was published in Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on March 25, 2014.

Global Turkey in Europe: Political, Economic, and Foreign Policy Dimensions of Turkey's Evolving Relationship with the EU

(July 2012 - March 2013)

This research paper explores how the EU and Turkey can enhance their cooperation in the political, economic, and foreign policy domains and how they can find a way out of the stalemate EU-Turkey relations have reached with the lack of progress in accession negotiations and the increasing uncertainty over both the future of the European project after the Eurozone crisis and Turkey's role in it.

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Transforming Turkey-EU Relations: Ground for Hope

Director Fuat Keyman and Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty Member Senem Aydın-Düzgit's policy brief "Transforming Turkey-EU Relations: Ground for Hope" was published in Global Turkey in Europe in March 2013.

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Remaking Turkey: Globalization, Alternative Modernities and Democracies

Director Fuat Keyman's book Remaking Turkey: Globalization, Alternative Modernities and Democracies was published in 2008 with Lexington Books.

Salgın ve Toplum - "Popüler Kültür, Toplum ve Siyaset"

1 June 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "İklim Değişikliği Liderler Zirvesi'nin Ardından"

27 April 2021

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Evren Balta & Fuat Keyman

Ukrayna-Rusya Krizi Bağlamında Türkiye-AB-Rusya İlişkileri

Salgın ve Toplum - "Devleti Düşünmek II: Tarih, Siyasal Kuram ve Ahlak"

13 April 2021

Constitutionalism and Democracy in Turkey and Beyond

8 April 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "Demokrasi Sorunu: Gerileme, Durgunluk ve Yeniden Canlanma"

6 April 2021

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Senem Aydın-Düzgit & Michael Kaeding

Turkey-EU Relations: the EU Summit and Beyond

Salgın ve Toplum - "AB Zirvesi Sonrası"

30 March 2021

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Çiğdem Nas, Nilgün Arısan Eralp and Senem Aydın-Düzgit

Türkiye "Yeşil Dönüşüm"e Uyumda Geç Kalmamalı

Salgın ve Toplum - "Türkiye-AB İlişkileri ve Yeşil Mutabakat"

16 March 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "Y ve Z Kuşakları: Korona Günlerinde Gençlik"

2 March 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "Hayat Pahalılığı, İşsizlik, Sosyal Güvenlik"

23 February 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "Devlet"i Çalışmak: Sınıflar, Kurumlar, Toplum

9 February 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "Antroposen"

2 February 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "Biden Döneminde Türkiye-ABD İlişkileri"

19 January 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "Türkiye'de ve Dünyada Kadın"

12 January 2021

Democracy Support Without Democracy: The Cases of Poland and Turkey

Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit's article "Democracy Support Without Democracy: The Cases of Poland and Turkey" was published in Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on January 5, 2021. Please click here to read the article.

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“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Fuat Keyman, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Ümit Şahin, Fikret Adaman, Atila Eralp, Ayşe Köse Badur, Gökçe Uysal and Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı

2020'de Ne Yaptık? 2021'den Ne Bekliyoruz?
 

Salgın ve Toplum - "Irkçılık Niye Bitmiyor?"

15 December 2020

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and Atila Eralp

AB Zirvesi'nde Türkiye'yi Neler Bekliyor?

Salgın ve Toplum - "AB Konseyi Zirvesi Öncesi Türkiye-AB ve Türkiye-NATO İlişkileri"

8 December 2020

Salgın ve Toplum - "Ekonomi, Merkez Bankası ve İyi Yönetişim"

24 November 2020

Isolationism: A History of America's Efforts to Shield Itself from the World by Charles Kupchan

The IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative organized a webinar titled "Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself from the World by Charles Kupchan (Oxford University Press, October 2020)" with the participation of Charles Kupchan, Fuat Keyman, Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Soli Özel on November 6, 2020.

Salgın ve Toplum - "Amerikan Seçimleri"

3 November, 2020

Salgın ve Toplum - "Cumhuriyet, Batılılaşma ve Ulus Devlet"

27 October 2020

"Salgın ve Toplum" Webinar Series: "Salgınla Mücadelede Küresel Durum: Siyasi Yönetişim, Ekonomi ve Sağlık Politikaları"

13 October 2020

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Evren Balta

Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye” with Fuat Keyman, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and Ümit Şahin

Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye

“Salgın ve Toplum” Webinar Series: “Sıcak Dalgaları ve Kutuplaşan Dünyada İklim Hareketinin Geleceği”

July 6, 2020

“Salgın ve Toplum” Webinar Series: “İdlib'den Libya'ya: Batı-Avrasya Sarkacında Türk Dış Politikası”

June 19, 2020

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye" with Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Andrew O'Donohue

Polarization and the Pandemic: Comparing Turkey and the United States

The US is Burning: Racism, Unemployment, Polarization

Istanbul Policy Center organized the webinar “The US is Burning: Racism, Unemployment, Polarization (Amerika Yanıyor: Irkçılık, İşsizlik, Kutuplaşma)” with the participation of Senior Scholar Ayşe Kadıoğlu, UCLA Scholar Erdem İlter, Director Fuat Keyman, and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit on June 4, 2020.

Turkey: Deepening Discord and Illiberalism Amid the Pandemic

Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit's article "Turkey: Deepening Discord and Illiberalism Amid the Pandemic" was published in the report Polarization and the Pandemic, edited by Thomas Carothers and IPC Researcher Andrew O’Donohue on April 28, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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"Salgın ve Toplum" Webinar Series: "Pandeminin Ekonomi Politiği"

June 1, 2020

Conflict Resolution, Syria, and Idlib in the Post-Corona World

Istanbul Policy Center organized the webinar “Conflict Resolution, Syria, and Idlib in the Post-Corona World (Post-Korona Dünyada Çatışma Çözümü, Suriye ve İdlib)” with the participation of Senior Scholar Bülent Aras, Director Fuat Keyman, Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and Şaban Kardaş from TOBB University of Economics and Technology on May 27, 2020.

Turkey, Russia, and the West: Reassessing the Collaboration, Conflict and Mutual Dependence From 1945 to Today

Istanbul Policy Center organized the webinar “Turkey, Russia, and the West: Reassessing the Collaboration, Conflict and Mutual Dependence From 1945 to Today (Türkiye, Rusya ve Batı: 1945’ten Bugüne İşbirliği, Çatışma ve Karşılıklı Bağımlılığı Yeniden Değerlendirmek)” with the participation of Behlül Özkan from Marmara University, Senior Scholar Evren Balta, Onur İşçi from Bilkent University, and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit on May 15, 2020.

"Salgın ve Toplum" Webinar Series: "Korona Sonrası Avrupa: Kriz Yönetimi, Dayanışma ve Entegrasyon"

May 4, 2020

"Salgın ve Toplum" Webinar Series: "Küreselleşme ve Dünya Düzeni: Devlet, Ekonomi, Kimlik"

April 20, 2020

"Salgın ve Toplum" Webinar Series: First Panel

April 13, 2020

Turkey and Europe: Uncertain Future of a Familiar Story

Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit's article "Turkey and Europe: Uncertain Future of a Familiar Story (Türkiye ve Avrupa: Bilindik Hikâyenin Belirsiz Geleceği)" was published in Perspektif on February 19, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye" with Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Çiğdem Nas

AB’nin Koronavirüs Salgını ile İmtihanı

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Frank Schimmelfennig

"Differentiated Integration and EU-Turkey Relations"

Turkey-EU Relations in the Post-July 15 Era: A Needed Cooperation and Collaboration

Istanbul Policy Center organized a panel “Turkey-EU Relations in the Post-July 15 Era A Needed Cooperation and Collaboration” on October 10, 2016, at The Seed, Sakıp Sabancı Museum.

The panel, which was moderated by Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Senior Scholar & Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator at IPC, hosted Fuat Keyman, Director of Istanbul Policy Center; Ruprecht Polenz, Former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at German Bundestag and 2014/15 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow; Nilüfer Göle, Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and 2014/15 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow; and Gerald Knaus, Founding Chairman of the European Stability Initiative and 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow, as speakers.

The Eastern Mediterranean and EU-Turkey Relations: Opening a New Chapter

Istanbul Policy Center and the Istituto Affari Internazionali organized a webinar on the Eastern Mediterranean and EU-Turkey Relations: Opening a New Chapter on March 11. This meeting was a part of the Understanding Complexity and Capacity for Resilience in Turkey series organized by the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative.

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.

Turkey, Russia, and the West: Historical Perspectives, Current Dynamics, and Future Prospects

Istanbul Policy Center and the Economic Development Foundation organized the conference “Turkey, Russia, and the West: Historical Perspectives, Current Dynamics, and Future Prospects” on February 21, 2020 at IPC Karaköy.

Differentiated Integration in EU-Turkey Relations

The Istanbul Policy Center–Sabancı University–Stiftung Mercator Initiative hosted Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Frank Schimmelfennig in Istanbul. During his visit, Schimmelfennig participated in the panel “Ever Looser Union? Differentiated Integration in Europe” on January 30, 2020 at METU; gave a seminar on the same topic on February 3, 2020 at Sabancı University; and held a breakfast talk on “Differentiated Integration in EU-Turkey Relations: Prospects and Obstacles” on February 4, 2020 at the Galata Istanbul Hotel.

Problems and Prospects for EU-Germany-Turkey Relations under New EU Leadership

The Initiative organized the meeting “Problems and Prospects for EU-Germany-Turkey Relations under New EU Leadership” on December 3, 2019 at the Galata Hotel by SOFITEL with the participation of Visiting Senior Fellow Wolfgang Wessels as the keynote speaker, Senior Fellow Atila Eralp as the discussant, and Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit as the chair.

Turkey and the West in Global Turmoil

The Initiative convened the panel “Turkey and the West in Global Turmoil” moderated by Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator and Senior Scholar Senem Aydın-Düzgit with the participation of Mercator-IPC Senior Fellows Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Atila Eralp, and Michael Thumann on November 25, 2019 at IPC Karaköy.

The Crisis of Democratic Governance in Turkey and the World

IPC organized the panel “The Crisis of Democratic Governance in Turkey and the World (Türkiye'de ve Dünyada Demokratik Yönetişim Krizi)” on November 8, 2019 at IPC Karaköy to introduce three new books: Age of Discontent: Essays on Violence, Politics and Belonging by Evren Balta, Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarization, which was edited by Andrew O’Donohue and Thomas Carothers and includes a section by Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and Kurdish Issue: Local Dynamics and Conflict Resolution by Fuat Keyman and Ayşe Köse Badur.

GTE V: Turkey-EU Relations in a Changing Era? Domestic Dynamics and International Constraints

As part of Global Turkey in Europe V, IAI, IPC, and Stiftung Mercator convened the roundtable discussion on “Turkey-EU Relations in a Changing Era? Domestic Dynamics and International Constraints” on November 6, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

The Welcoming of the 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 21, 2019 at Soho Istanbul.  The event began with welcoming remarks by Fuat Keyman, followed by remarks from Michael Schwarz, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Atila Eralp, and Michael Thumann. The welcoming remarks were followed by a movie screening that introduced the 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellows Akgün İlhan, Andrea Weiss, Ellen Kollender, Gökçe Uysal, and Sinan Erensü.

EU and Turkey in the Wake of Elections: Challenges and Opportunities

The Initiative, The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), and Economic Development Foundation (İKV) organized the panel “EU and Turkey in the Wake of Elections: Challenges and Opportunities” with the participation of Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and 2018/19 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp on July 4, 2019 in Ankara.

Mercator-IPC Alumni Retreat 2019

The fourth Mercator-IPC Alumni Retreat took place on May 3-5, 2019 at Ağva Robin’s Nest Eco Resort. The event began with speeches from Senior Scholar & Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Mercator-IPC Fellowship Coordinator Pelin Oğuz, and Stiftung Mercator Head of Project Management Office Daniel Grütjen.

The retreat included a fishbowl session on “Artificial Intelligence and Governance” by Ofer Engel and Taha Yasseri, moderated by Çiğdem Bozdağ; an “Audiovisuals in Science” workshop by Ricardo Leizaola; a “New methods for new challenges: Hybrid mapping of local environmental knowledge in the time of the Anthropocene” workshop by Christian Reichel; a yoga session with Tuygun Oruç; a coffee talk on “Media and Activism” by Haluk Mert Bal; and a coffee talk on “The Right to the City in the Turkish Context: Urban Movements, Neighborhoods and the Gezi Uprising” by Cihan Baysal Uzunçarşılı.

Turkey, Britain and Europe in Global Turmoil: Historical Representations and Contemporary Repercussions

The Initiative and the University of Cambridge organized the roundtable discussion “Turkey, Britain and Europe in Global Turmoil: Historical Representations and Contemporary Repercussions” with the participation of Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and 2018/19 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp on April 5, 2019 at the University of Cambridge.

Britain, Turkey and the EU: Mapping the Future of Differentiated Integration

The Initiative, Centre for European Reform, and Economic Development Foundation (İKV) organized the conference “Britain, Turkey and the EU: Mapping the Future of Differentiated Integration” on April 4, 2019 at the Centre for European Reform in London.

Turkey and the West

The Initiative and the Brookings Institution organized the roundtable discussion “Turkey and the West” with Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, Brookings Institution Doha Center Nonresident Fellow Galip Dalay, and 2015/16 Mercator-IPC Fellow İlke Toygür on January 14, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Turkey's Refugee Dilemma and Foreign Policy Amidst Regional Turmoil

The Initiative and the Center for American Progress organized the roundtable discussion “Turkey’s Refugee Dilemma and Foreign Policy Amidst Regional Turmoil” with Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Alan Makovsky, and Brookings Institution Doha Center Nonresident Fellow Galip Dalay on January 10, 2019 at Center for American Progress, Washington, DC.

Panel Discussion on “Syrians in Turkey” & Report Launch of “The Role of Civil Society in Fostering Pluralism”

The Initiative organized a panel discussion on “Syrians in Turkey” and the report launch of “The Role of Civil Society in Fostering Pluralism” on December 21, 2018 at IPC Karaköy.

Track II Diplomacy Working Group III

The final meeting of the Track II diplomacy working group, under the scope of the project “Revitalizing Turkey-EU/Germany Relations,” funded by the IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, took place on December 14, 2018, in the European Parliament, Brussels. The meeting was held with the participation of Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, and Sabancı University Faculty Member Meltem Müftüler-Baç.

European Parliament – IPC Visit

IPC and the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) hosted parliamentary consultants from the European Parliament to discuss contemporary Turkish politics, Turkey’s foreign policy, and EU-Turkey Relations on October 31, 2018 at IPC Karaköy.

EU-Turkey Relations in a Turbulent World – Cooperation or Conflict?

The joint panel discussion “EU-Turkey Relations in a Turbulent World – Cooperation or Conflict?”, convened by the Initiative, Asociacion Nuestra Europa, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, took place on October 18, 2018 at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

EU-Turkey Relations in Times of Global and Regional Turmoil

The roundtable discussion “EU-Turkey Relations in Times of Global and Regional Turmoil,” convened by the Initiative and Elcano Royal Institute, took place on October 18, 2018 at Elcano Royal Institute. IPC and Elcano Royal Institute signed an agreement to foster cooperation between the two institutions

Syrians in Turkey

The booklet Syrians in Turkey authored by 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Fellows Souad Osseiran and Gabriele Cloeters, 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellows Emre Üçkardeşler, Kristen Biehl, and Wiebke Hohberger, and 2015/16 Mercator-IPC Fellow Hande Paker, was launched with the moderation of IPC Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Salon IKSV.

Center for Asia Leadership – IPC Visit

Founded by Harvard alumni, Boston-based Center for Asia Leadership visited IPC on June 7, 2018. The 19-person delegation consisting of Harvard, MIT and Fletcher School alumni met with IPC Senior Scholar & Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit and IPC Senior Scholar Bahri Yılmaz, who gave talks on economics, Turkey-EU relations, Turkey’s elections, and current issues.

EU-Turkey Relations in Times of Global and Regional Turmoil

The joint panel discussion “EU-Turkey Relations in Times of Global and Regional Turmoil,” convened by the Initiative, the Centre for Turkey and European Studies (CETEUS), University of Cologne, and Stiftung Mercator, took place on April 19, 2018 at the University of Cologne.

Turkey-EU Summit: The Aftermath

The panel “Turkey-EU Summit: The Aftermath (Türkiye-AB Zirvesi'nin Ardından),” convened by the Initiative, in partnership with the Economic Development Foundation, took place on March 27, 2018 at The Vault, House Hotel, Karaköy, and brought together prominent scholars on Turkey-EU relations to discuss the aftermath of the Turkey-EU summit and its immediate implications.

Track II Diplomacy Working Group II

Under the scope of the project “Revitalizing Turkey-EU/Germany Relations” funded by the IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, the second meeting of the Track II diplomacy working group took place in Mercator Centre Berlin on January 12, 2018, with the participation of Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, and Sabancı University Faculty Member Meltem Müftüler-Baç.

Revitalizing Turkey-EU Relations in Regional and Global Turmoil

The Initiative, in cooperation with Blickwechsel, convened a panel discussion on “Revitalizing Turkey-EU Relations in Regional and Global Turmoil” on January 11, 2018 at Humboldt University, Berlin, with the participation of Director Fuat Keyman, 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and Head of the ECFR Berlin Office Josef Janning as panelists and Humboldt University Faculty Member Ertuğ Tombuş as chair.

Turkey-EU: The Customs Union Agreement

The Initiative organized a roundtable discussion in cooperation with CEPS Brussels on “Turkey-EU: The Customs Union Agreement” where a draft report on the issue was discussed with academics, think tank representatives, and policy makers on November 24, 2017 in Brussels.

The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards 2017

In honor of the late Sakıp Sabancı, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sabancı University, the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards are presented each year in the field of social sciences. Last year’s jury prize on “Europeans with Legacies from Turkey in Everyday Life” has been awarded to Nermin Abadan-Unat for her outstanding work on emigration from Turkey on April 10, 2017.

Turkey-EU Relations in the Post-July 15 Era: A Needed Cooperation and Collaboration

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative convened the panel titled “Turkey-EU Relations in the Post-July 15 Era: A Needed Cooperation and Collaboration” on October 10, 2016 at The Seed, Sakıp Sabancı Museum. The panel, which was moderated by Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Research & Academic Affairs Coordinator and Faculty Member at Sabancı University, hosted Fuat Keyman, Director, and Mercator-IPC Senior Fellows Ruprecht Polenz, Nilüfer Göle, and Gerald Knaus as speakers.

Three Facets of Rising Populism: Cases from Turkey, Europe, and the United States

In collaboration with IPC and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST), a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, an event titled “Three Facets of Rising Populism: Cases from Turkey, Europe, and the United States (Yükselen Popülizmin Üç Ayağı: Türkiye, Avrupa ve Amerika Birleşik Devletlerinden Vakalar)” was held on June 7, 2016.

Reshaping Relations in the Midst of Crises: A Bitter Anniversary for Turkey-EU Accession Negotiations

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative organized a discussion on the policy brief titled “Reshaping Relations in the Midst of Crises: A Bitter Anniversary for Turkey-EU Accession Negotiations” on April 14, 2016 at IPC. 2015/16 Mercator-IPC Fellow İlke Toygür and EU Affairs Analyst Melih Özsöz presented their policy brief.

Towards the New Constitution: Development of Institutional Reform and Democracy Culture Report

The report launch Towards the New Constitution: Development of Institutional Reform and Democracy Culture (Yeni Anayasa'ya Doğru: Kurumsal Reform ve Demokrasi Kültürünün Gelişimi Raporu) was held on December 16, 2015 in Ankara.

Istanbul Transatlantic Trends 2014 Launch

IPC and the German Marshall Fund of the United States co-organized a public debate to discuss the results of Transatlantic Trends 2014 on September 15, 2014.

Croatian and Turkish EU-Accession in Perspective

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), the European Stability Initiative, and ERSTE Stiftung organized a film screening Twilight of Heroes – Croatia, Europe and the International Tribunal and subsequent panel discussion entitled "Croatian and Turkish EU-Accession in Perspective" on December 13, 2012.

The Trump Presidency and the Rise of Populism in the Global Context

İstanbul Politikalar Merkezi convened a panel titled "The Trump Presidency and the Rise of Populism in the Global Context" on December 6, 2012.