CATS Network

In recent years, Turkey has become increasingly significant for European stability. This rather new situation requires not only a rethinking of European perspectives on Turkey, but also more consistent policy-making towards Ankara. With this in mind, the Centre for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS) has been established at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin.

To foster policy-related debates on Turkey at a European level, CATS brings together Turkey experts from European and Turkish think tanks, universities, and research institutes by establishing and curating the CATS Network. Through its fact-based and independent research, CATS and its partners in the network aim to contribute to a more coherent Turkey policy of the European Union (EU) and its member states. To strengthen cooperation within the European and Turkish research community, CATS will annually offer project funding and fellowships for eligible institutions and persons.

Visit the CATS Network website.

The Centre for Applied Turkey Studies of SWP coordinates the CATS Network.

SWP Podcast

Günter Seufert, Ilke Toygür
EU-Turkey relations: Between democracy and transactionalism

Following the European Council meeting last week which suggests a dual approach for Turkey-EU relations, William Noah Glucroft talks to Günter Seufert and Ilke Toygür about the most important issues that are confronting the EU-Turkey relations with a special focus on the next steps.


Alan Makovsky, Ilke Toygür
New US President - Boost or Blow for EU's Tricky Ties with Turkey?

Damien McGuinness talks to Alan Makovsky and Ilke Toygür about what a Biden presidency means for EU-Turkey relations. Will it improve that rocky relationship? And what does the US expect from the EU?


Working Paper

Yavuz Tüyloğlu
Turkish Development Assistance as a Foreign Policy Tool and Its Discordant Locations

Insofar as the future of Turkey’s relations with the West is concerned, the analysis of Turkish Development Aid (TDA) offers an uncertain forecast. On the one hand, the AKP has been wrapping its development assistance into anti-Western, anti-colonial rhetoric, especially when addressing the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Yet on the other hand, it has retained Turkey’s observer status in the OECD Development Assistant Committee. This foreign policy practice of keeping feet on both sides of the West-East dichotomy helps the AKP to derive one kind of ‘concrete benefit’ from its ties with the West while seeking others by distancing itself from the West. To some degree, TDA appears to be ‘aimed at fulfilling the function of a mediator between Northern and Southern positions and players by placing itself in neither camp.’ From another angle, it looks like the AKP wants to be in the West to the degree that suits its interests.


Cem Çakmaklı, Selva Demiralp, Sevcan Yeşiltaş, Muhammed A. Yıldırım
An Evaluation of the Turkish Economy during COVID-19