Dr. phil. Günter Seufert

Dr. phil. Günter Seufert

Research Division: EU/Europe
Senior Fellow


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):

Günter Seufert

Ever Further from the West: Why Ankara Looks to Moscow

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

Turkey as Partner of the EU in the Refugee Crisis

Ankara’s Problems and Interests

SWP Comment 2016/C 01, January 2016, 8 Pages
Günter Seufert

The Return of the Kurdish Question

On the Situation of the Kurds in Iraq, Syria and Turkey

SWP Comment 2015/C 38, August 2015, 7 Pages
Günter Seufert

Erdoğan’s “New Turkey”

Restoring the Authoritarian State in the Name of Democracy

SWP Comment 2014/C 44, October 2014, 7 Pages
Günter Seufert

Is the Fethullah Gülen Movement Overstretching Itself?

A Turkish Religious Community as a National and International Player

SWP Research Paper 2014/RP 02, January 2014, 31 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

Refugee Crisis: For Rationality in Relations with Turkey

The European Union should make concessions to Turkey, especially on visa-free travel and an accelerated accession process, argues Günter Seufert, but should exercise caution over some details of Turkey’s proposal for dealing with the refugee crisis.

Point of View, March 2016
Günter Seufert

Эксперт по Турции: Сбить Су-24 было политическим решением Анкары

Немецкий эксперт Гюнтер Зойферт считает, что Турция зашла в тупик в своей политике в отношени Сирии и пытается, сбив российский Су-24, внести раскол в возможную коалицию против ИГ.

Interview by Mikhail Bushuev, in: dw.com, 26.11.2015 (online)
Günter Seufert

Ankara's priorities are very different to US, EU

"Islamic State" militants have besieged the Syrian border city of Kobani. Günter Seufert, an expert on Turkish affairs, spoke with DW about Kobani's significance, particularly for the Kurds.

Interview by Anne Allmeling, in: dw.de, 08.10.2014, (online)
Günter Seufert

After »Worthy Solitude«: Turkey is Backpedaling on its Foreign Policy

Turkey considered itself as a regional power. Realizing this as a mistake, Turkey could become an easier foreign policy partner, says Günter Seufert.

Point of View, October 2013

Media quotes (selection):

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)
Dana Alexandra Scherle

Power struggle between old friends in Turkey

in: Deutsche Welle, 24.12.2013, (online)


Turkey, a Nation Stuck in Politicized, Primordial Worldviews
in: americanprogress.org, 20.02.2018

with Tannas Michel
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.


In cooperation with Robert Bosch Stiftung
German-Turkish Roundtable on International Affairs

In cooperation with Stiftung Mercator
IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellowship at SWP

SWP Comments

Raphael Bossong
Intelligence Support for EU Security Policy

Options for Enhancing the Flow of Information and Political Oversight

Nicolai von Ondarza, Felix Schenuit
Shadows over the European Elections

Three Scenarios for EU-sceptical Parties after the 2019 Elections

SWP Research Papers