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, Political systems

Turkish Foreign Policy in the Region, Turkey in the Middle East, 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):

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):

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

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.


Alan Makovsky, Ilke Toygür
New US President - Boost or Blow for EU's Tricky Ties with Turkey?

Damien McGuinness talks to Alan Makovsky and Ilke Toygür about what a Biden presidency means for EU-Turkey relations. Will it improve that rocky relationship? And what does the US expect from the EU?


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