Dr. phil. Günter Seufert

Dr. phil. Günter Seufert


Research Division: Turkey/CATS
Head of CATS

guenter.seufert(at)swp-berlin.org

2007-2010 Freelance author and journalist, Istanbul

2004-2007 Visiting Associate Professor, University of Cyprus, Nikosia

2001-2004 Freelance author and journalist, Istanbul

1996-2001 Research fellow and acting director of the German Orient-Institut, Istanbul

1996 Post-doc researcher, University of Lausanne


SWP Publications (selection):

Sinem Adar, Günter Seufert

Turkey’s Presidential System after Two and a Half Years

An Overview of Institutions and Politics

SWP Research Paper 2021/RP 02, April 2021, 39 Pages

doi:10.18449/2021RP02

Sinem Adar, Nicola Bilotta, Aurélien Denizeau, Sinan Ekim, Dorothée Schmid, Günter Seufert, Ilke Toygür, Karol Wasilewski

Customs Union: Old Instrument, New Function in EU-Turkey Relations

SWP Comment 2020/C 48, October 2020, 4 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C48

Günter Seufert

Turkey Shifts the Focus of Its Foreign Policy

From Syria to the Eastern Mediterranean and Libya

SWP Comment 2020/C 06, February 2020, 4 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C06

Günter Seufert

Ever Further from the West: Why Ankara Looks to Moscow

SWP Comment 2017/C 02, February 2017, 8 Pages
Günter Seufert, Cem Sey

Turkey in Afghanistan

A Successful Stakeholder, But a Difficult Partner

SWP Comment 2016/C 28, May 2016, 4 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Tannas Michel, Günter Seufert

Turkey’s failed pursuit of hegemony in the Middle East: Three periods of Turkey’s ‘independent’ foreign policy

in: Peace Report 2016, Margret Johannsen, Bruno Schoch, Max M. Mutschler, Corinna Hauswedell, Jochen Hippler (eds.), p. 73 - 88, 2016.
Günter Seufert (ed.), Günter Seufert

Europe can also deal with a conservative Muslim Turkey

in: Ebru Turhan, Günter Seufert (ed.): German Interests and Turkey's EU Accession Process: A Holistic Perspective, Istanbul Policy Center, November 2015.
Günter Seufert

Turkey's Vacillation between a Turkish-Arab and a Turkish-Kurdish Version of Ottomanism

in: Südosteuropa Mitteilungen, 03-04 / 2015 - 55. Jahrgang, S. 51-56.

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

Günter Seufert

EU-Turkey Relations: Towards a Positive Agenda?

This online event is part of a series of events and analyses organized as part of the GMF-TOBB Fellowship on Turkey, Europe, and Global Issues launched by GMF in partnership with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) in 2017.

Discussion led by Ian Lesser, Vice President and Executive Director, Brussels Office, GMF; Welcoming Remarks by Karen Donfried, President, GMF; Keynote Speakers: M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, President, TOBB and Peter Clever, Co-Chair, EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee, European Economic and Social Committee; Discussants: Senem Aydın Düzgit, Professor of International Relations, Sabancı University, Günter Seufert, Head of the Centre for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS), Kadri Tastan, GMF-TOBB Senior Fellow, GMF, 29.04.2021 (video)
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.

SWP Podcast 2021/eP 05, April 2021
Günter Seufert

Turkey as a partner and challenge for European Security

EU-Turkey Relations in the Aftermath of the 25 March European Council.

Discussion led by Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, speakers: Çiğdem Nas, Kostas Ifantis, Günter Seufert, Dorothée Schmid, in: Foreign Policy Talks: Turkey as a partner and a challenge for European Security, Center for International and European Studies (CIES), Kadir Has University, khas.edu.tr, 31.03.2021 (video)
Günter Seufert

The European Union’s three red lines on Turkey

As head of the Center for Applied Turkey Studies, associated with the prestigious German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Günter Seufert is widely regarded as one of the leading experts on Turkey. In this interview with Kathimerini, Seufert offers a realistic and pragmatic analysis on how Ankara and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are viewed by the leading European powers, as well as the United States and Russia.

Interview by Pavlos Papadopoulos, in: ekathimerini.com, 03.03.2021
Günter Seufert

Γκύντερ Σόιφερτ: Η Τουρκία θέλει να ξεφύγει από την απομόνωση

Ο επικεφαλής καθηγητής του Κέντρου Εφαρμοσμένων Τουρκικών Σπουδών του Βερολίνου, Γκύντερ Σόιφερτ, εκτιμά μιλώντας στο OPEN ότι η εκλογή Μπάιντεν αλλάζει τα δεδομένα για τον Ερντογάν και προβλέπει πως ο Τούρκος Πρόεδρος από εδώ και στο εξής, θα είναι πιο προσεκτικός σε ζητήματα εξωτερικής πολιτικής, και ιδιαιτέρως στα ελληνοτουρκικά.

Interview by Giannis Papadopoulos, in: tvopen.gr, 12.12.2020 (video)

Media quotes (selection):

Robert Ellis

The death of the EU’s ‘positive agenda’ for Turkey

in: ahvalnews.com, 07.05.2021
Thomas Schnee

Union Européenne : Pourquoi l’Allemagne bloque les demandes de sanctions françaises contre la Turquie

Jeudi dernier, lors d'un sommet européen consacré à la question turque, l'Allemagne s'est opposée à des sanctions immédiates contre Ankara. Faut-il y voir la volonté de préserver des intérêts nationaux ?

in: marianne.net, 02.11.2020
Aurélien Gerbeault

Allemagne-Turquie : ensemble, pour le meilleur et pour le pire

in: taurillon.org, 01.10.2020
Cengiz Çandar

This woman might be the wild card who stops Erdogan

in: al-monitor.com, 16.08.2017
Günter Seufert

Les députés allemands s’apprêtent à reconnaître le génocide des Arméniens

Le Bundestag devrait adopter jeudi 2 juin une résolution reconnaissant le génocide commis contre les Arméniens et d’autres minorités chrétiennes dans les années 1915-1916. La Turquie s’offusque.

in: La Croix, 01.06.2016 (online)

News

The changing nature of the Turkish State Authority for Religious Affairs (ARA) and Turkish Islam in Europe
Centre for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS), Working Paper Nr. 02, June 2020

SWP Podcast

Sinem Adar, Hürcan Aslı Aksoy
Turkey’s foreign policy between domestic dynamics and international interests

Turkish foreign policy has changed considerably in recent years and has become increasingly aggressive. Esme Nicholson talks with Sinem Adar and Hürcan Aslı Aksoy on how domestic political dynamics shape Ankara’s foreign relations with Europe.


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.


SWP Research Papers

Sinem Adar, Günter Seufert
Turkey’s Presidential System after Two and a Half Years

An Overview of Institutions and Politics


Günter Seufert
Is the Fethullah Gülen Movement Overstretching Itself?

A Turkish Religious Community as a National and International Player