Dr. Hürcan Aslı Aksoy

Dr. Hürcan Aslı Aksoy


Research Division: Turkey/CATS
Deputy Head of CATS

huercan.asli.aksoy(at)swp-berlin.org

2016-2019 Research Associate at the Chair of Middle East Politics and Society at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

012015-03/2015 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

1997-2002 B.A. in Philosophy, Bosporus University, Istanbul, Turkey

Areas of Expertise:

Turkey, Crisis management, EU foreign policy, European Union, Human rights, International law, Political systems

Turkish Foreign Policy in the Region, Turkey in the Middle East and North Africa, Domestic Politics, Gender Politics, Civil Society


External Publications (selection):

Hürcan Aslı Aksoy

Gendered Strategies between Democratization and Democratic Reversal: The Curious Case of Turkey

in: Politics and Governance (Special Issue: The Feminist Project under Threat in Europe), Vol. 6 (3), 2018

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

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.

SWP Podcast 2021/eP 06, April 2021
Hürcan Aslı Aksoy

What lies behind Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention?

Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention is a clear attack on human rights and the rule of law. This move is part of President Erdoğan’s strategy to remain in power. Brussels should demand a reversal of the withdrawal, says Hürcan Aslı Aksoy.

Point of View, 29.03.2021

Media quotes (selection):

Kristina Jovanovski

Turkey’s Regional Relations Reset Falls Short

Ankara has backed away from its more aggressive foreign policy amid domestic economic strain

in: themedialine.org, 29.04.2021
Viktor Heikel

I Turkiet blev coronaepidemin politisk - hanteringen kan bli ett allvarligt hot mot president Erdoğans makt

Trots explosionsartad spridning vägrade Recep Tayyip Erdoğan och hans regering att ta till karantän, mot experters krav. Hanteringen kan komma att kräva ett hårt politiskt pris och Erdoğan har redan gått till motangrepp mot oppositionen. Coronakrisen politiserades snabbt i Turkiet medan tusentals insjuknade.

In: svenska.yle.fi, 27.04.2020

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 Comments

Lars Brozus
(Not) Lost in Foresight

Structuring Futures Complexity in a Politically Meaningful Way


Kirsten Westphal
Nord Stream 2 – Germany’s Dilemma


SWP Research Papers

Daniel Voelsen
Internet from Space

How New Satellite Connections Could Affect Global Internet Governance


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

An Overview of Institutions and Politics