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Turkey

The EPC's work on Turkey focuses on developments in Turkish foreign, security and economic policy, their impact on the country, the surrounding region, and Turkey’s Euro-Atlantic partners, in particular the EU.

Through a series of meetings and publications, attention is paid to areas such as the EU-Turkey Migration Deal, the Kurdish Issue, civil liberties and freedoms, the future of the Turkey-EU Customs Union, the war in Syria, Black Sea security, etc.  It highlights the strategic potential of Turkey in both economic and political terms, Turkey’s increasingly dynamic and proactive foreign policy and its developments as an energy and transport hub. At the same time, it focuses on the considerable challenges that still lie ahead if Turkey is to achieve such potential. It also looks into domestic Turkish politics, including the transformations under way in the country.

Through its continuous tracking of Turkish domestic politics, foreign policy, and economy, the EPC's work on Turkey makes a significant contribution to the Brussels/EU policy debate on this vital country. The list of distinguished Turkish visitors to the EPC over the past decade includes current Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, Former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, Leader of the main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP), as well as numerous member of the Turkish parliament from all parties represented, academics, analysists, columnists, journalists and representatives of civil soceity.


Publications

Turkey / COMMENTARY
Turkey votes: Snap elections – Turkey at yet another crossroads
By Amanda Paul , Demir Murat Seyrek - 15/05/2018
Turkey / COMMENTARY
The EU should not turn its back on Turkey
By Amanda Paul , Demir Murat Seyrek - 17/10/2017
Turkey / COMMENTARY
Constitutional changes in Turkey: A presidential system or the president’s system?
By Amanda Paul , Demir Murat Seyrek - 24/01/2017
Turkey / COMMENTARY
The EU cannot afford to just ‘muddle through’ on Turkey
By Amanda Paul , Demir Murat Seyrek - 08/12/2016
Turkey / COMMENTARY
Turkish Stream back on the agenda?
By Marco Giuli - 01/09/2016
Turkey / COMMENTARY
EU visa-liberalisation for Turks: Just around the corner?
By Amanda Paul , Demir Murat Seyrek - 03/05/2016
Turkey / COMMENTARY
Turkey's new election: War or peace?
By - 30/10/2015
Turkey / COMMENTARY
Internet “Freedom” in Turkey
By Amanda Paul , Demir Murat Seyrek - 02/03/2015
Turkey / PUBLICATION
Essential reading on Turkey
By - 01/12/2014
Turkey / COMMENTARY
Why the EU must reengage with Turkey
By Amanda Paul - 29/09/2014
Turkey / COMMENTARY
Turkey votes: Part II – Erdogan reloaded
By Amanda Paul , Demir Murat Seyrek - 03/04/2014
Turkey / COMMENTARY
Freedom of religion in Turkey - The Alevi issue
By Amanda Paul , Demir Murat Seyrek - 24/01/2014

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Senior Policy Analyst
Expertise:
Turkish foreign and domestic policy; Security and conflict resolution in the Black Sea/Eurasia region, Russian foreign policy in the former Soviet space and Middle East, EU foreign policy in its Eastern neighbourhood, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism
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