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Güney Yildiz

Research Division: Turkey/CATS
IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellow


05/2013 – Present       BBC News and Current Affairs, London
09/2018 – Present       Middle East Institute (MEI) Washington D.C.
10/2017 – Ongoing      PhD Candidate (Sociology), University of Cambridge
05/2017 – 07/2018       European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), London

Areas of Expertise:

Turkish Domestic and Foreign Policy, Kurdish dynamics in the Middle East, Armed non-state actors, Governance in Syria

External Publications (selection):

Güney Yildiz

Kurdistan: A State or a State of Mind?

Can the Kurds, the largest ethnicity in the Middle East without their own nation, overcome their internal disunity and find ways to exist as an independent state or as autonomous regions?

in:, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Cairo Review No. 33, Spring 2019
Güney Yildiz

Shifting alliances in the Middle East: a risk of further instability

in: Building Trust: the Challenge of Peace and Stability in the Mediterranean, pp.68-71, MED Report 2018, Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Güney Yildiz

Turkey's Idlib fears as Syria offensive looms

There is much more at stake for Turkey in Idlib than a potential influx of thousands more Syrian refugees.

in:, 10.09.2018
Güney Yildiz

Turkey's leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan switches roles

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was no ordinary prime minister and he will certainly not be an ordinary president when he takes on the role on Thursday.

in:, 27.08.2014

Media quotes (selection):

Hannah Lucinda Smith

Hidden agenda: how Erdogan is using Syrian exiles to bolster his ambitions

in:, 12.11.2019
Amberin Zaman

Risking Turkey’s ire, Iraqi Kurds back Syrian brethren

in:, 04.11.2019
Hannah Lucinda Smith, Burhan Yuksekkas

How Putin turned Erdogan against the West

in:, 17.07.2019
Sune Engel Rasmussen, Dion Nissenbaum

Turkish Ground Offensive Targets Syrian Kurdish Enclave

U.S. raises concerns about plight of civilians and urges Ankara to exercise restraint

in:, 21.01.2018

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