Dr. Can Kasapoğlu

Dr. Can Kasapoğlu

Research Division: Turkey/CATS


Since 2013 Defense Analyst, Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, Istanbul

2017 - 2018 Visiting Fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris

2016 - 2017 Visiting Fellow, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence, Tallinn

2015 - 2016 Eisenhower Fellow, NATO Defense College, Rome

2011 - 2012 Visiting Fellow, The Begin – Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Ramat Gan

PhD Turkish War College, Strategic Researches Institute, 2011

M.Sc. Turkish Military Academy, Defense Sciences Institute

Areas of Expertise:

Syria, Defence and security policy / Armed forces

Turkey-NATO, Turkish Security Policy, Turkish Defence and Military Policy, Defence Industry

SWP Publications (selection):

Can Kasapoğlu

Turkey’s Nuclear Onset

Military Policy, Techno-Nationalism Trends and Defence Industrial Capabilities

SWP Comment 2019/C 38, October 2019


Can Kasapoğlu

Beyond Obama’s Red Lines: The Syrian Arab Army and Chemical Warfare

SWP Comment 2019/C 27, June 2019, 4 Pages


Can Kasapoğlu

Why and How NATO Should Adapt to a New Mediterranean Security Environment

SWP Comment 2019/C 15, March 2019, 4 Pages


Can Kasapoğlu

Control of the Syrian Airspace

Russian Geopolitical Ambitions and Air Threat Assessment

SWP Comment 2018/C 14, April 2018, 4 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Can Kasapoğlu

Turkey and the Russia's Deadly S-400: The Air Defense System That Changed Everything

The S-400 stands to change everything without firing a single shot.

in: nationalinterest.org, 20.07.2019
Can Kasapoğlu

What Awaits the Syrian Arab Army?

Will it turn into Hezbollah or return to its Cold War origins?

in: nationalinterest.org, 20.01.2019
Can Kasapoğlu

The ticking bomb of Idlib

in: edam.org.tr, September 2018

Media quotes (selection):

Berlin: Suriye'de kalıcı siyasi süreç başlamalı

Alman hükümeti Türkiye ile Rusya arasında varılan İdlib mutabakatının "iyi bir işaret" olduğunu ancak tek başına yeterli olmadığını açıkladı. Berlin, Suriye'de "kalıcı" bir siyasi sürecin başlaması gerektiğini savunuyor.

in: dw.com, 18.09.2018

SWP Comments

Sinem Adar
Repatriation to Turkey’s “Safe Zone” in Northeast Syria

Ankara’s Goals and European Concerns

Can Kasapoğlu
Turkey’s Nuclear Onset

Military Policy, Techno-Nationalism Trends and Defence Industrial Capabilities

SWP Research Papers

Günter Seufert
Is the Fethullah Gülen Movement Overstretching Itself?

A Turkish Religious Community as a National and International Player

Günter Seufert
Foreign Policy and Self-image

The Societal Basis of Strategy Shifts in Turkey