Turkish foreign policy in the region, Turkey in the Middle East and North Africa, Domestic politics, Gender politics, Civil Society
09/2019 - 03/2023 Deputy Head of the Centre for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS) at SWP, Berlin
2016 - 2019 Research Associate at the Chair of Middle East Politics and Society at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
01/2015 - 03/2015 Junior Visiting Fellow at Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, Austria
11/2012 - 12/2012 Guest fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies in Amman, Jordan
2009 - 2014 PhD and adjunct lecturer at the Institute of Political Science at the Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen
2003 - 2008 M.A in Political Science and Philosophy at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen
A Wind of Change in Turkish Politics?
Turkey’s President Erdoğan is entering his third decade in power after winning a tightly contested run-off election. Hürcan Aslı Aksoy and Salim Çevik discuss how he managed to secure a third term, why the opposition failed to unseat the president and what the election results mean for Ankara’s relations with NATO allies, the EU and Germany.
As Turkey heads to the polls on May 14, many fear that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan might not respect the election results if he is defeated. Aslı Aksoy and Salim Çevik argue that a violent rejection of the transfer of power is unlikely.
Turkey will soon vote for a new parliament and president. With the electoral process lacking in fairness, there are fears of fraud. Aslı Aksoy and Salim Çevik explain why this is unlikely.
On May 14, Turkish voters head to the polls. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is running for reelection. Six opposition parties have united to compete against him. Hürcan Aslı Aksoy and Salim Çevik are taking a look at the candidates, the prospect of political change and how the results could impact relations between Turkey and the EU. Host: Esme Nicholson.
Centralisation of power has eroded state capacity
CATS joined the Delegation to the EU-Türkiye Joint Parliamentary Committee at the European Parliament (EP).
Brussels can avoid the politicisation of its aid in Turkey and Syria by ensuring its funds reach local authorities and civil society actors
Sinem Adar and Hürcan Aslı Aksoy hold that, even with a change in government in Ankara, Turkey’s main interests in Syria will remain unchanged, in particular, preventing Kurdish autonomy under the leadership of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)/YPG, warding off a new influx of refugees in Turkey, and resettling Syrian refugees in Syria.
Ankara has backed away from its more aggressive foreign policy amid domestic economic strain