Dr. Ilke Toygür

Dr. Ilke Toygür


Research Division: Turkey/CATS
CATS Fellow

ilke.toyguer(at)swp-berlin.org

Since 01/2017 Analyst, European Affairs, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid

Since 01/2017 Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Carlos III University of Madrid

11/2015 – 11/2016 Mercator – IPC Fellow, Istanbul Policy Center

10/2011 – 11/2016, PhD in Political Science, Autonomous University of Madrid

09/2008 - 10/2010 European Affairs Analyst, Economic Development Foundation (IKV), Istanbul and Brussels

Areas of Expertise:

Turkey, Southern Europe, EU enlargement policy, EU institutions, European Union, Principles of European integration, Political system of the European Union, EU foreign policy, Transatlantic relations


SWP Publications (selection):

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

External Publications (selection):

Ilke Toygür

Turkey and Spain: bilateral relations and the road ahead for Customs Union modernisation

This paper analyses the bilateral relationship between Turkey and Spain, with a specific focus on the current state of economic relations. It aims to examine the Spanish position on the modernisation of the Customs Union (CU) agreement with Turkey.

in: realinstitutoelcano.org, 29.09.2020
Ilke Toygür, Nicoletta Pirozzi, Funda Tekin

A plea for the German Presidency: invest boldly and smartly in the future of Europe

in: realinstitutoelcano.org, 30.06.2020

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

Ilke Toygür

“AB ile ilişkileri ileriye taşıyabilecek mevcuttaki en iyi model Gümrük Birliği modernizasyonu” -İlke Toygür ile söyleşi

Almanya, Fransa, İspanya, Polonya, Yunanistan ve İtalya’nın önde gelen düşünce kuruluşları, aralık ayındaki liderler zirvesi öncesi karar alıcılara Türkiye-AB ilişkilerinin geleceğiyle ilgili yol haritası içeren bir rapor hazırladı. “Gümrük Birliği, AB’nin Türkiye ile müzakere edebilmek için kullanabileceği en etkili araç” görüşüne yer verilen raporun yazarlarından, İspanya’daki Elcano Kraliyet Ensititüsü Avrupa Çalışmaları ve Alman Politika ve Bilim Vakfı bünyesindeki Uygulamalı Türkiye Araştırmaları Merkezi analisti İlke Toygür ile raporu ve AB-Türkiye ilişkilerinin geleceğini konuştuk.

Interview by Işın Eliçin, in: medyascope.tv, 24.10.2020 (video)
Günter Seufert, Ilke Toygür, José Manuel García-Margallo, Jesús A. Núñez Villaverde, Carmen Rodríguez López, Nacho Sánchez Amor, Eduard Soler i Lecha, Idoia Villanueva Ruiz

Agenda Exterior: Turquía y la UE

Podría decirse que la relación entre Turquía y la Unión Europea pasa por horas bajas, de no ser porque ya acumula años en ese estado. Recientemente, sin embargo, la tensión se ha incrementado. Las críticas del presidente turco a la UE, la represión interna, las tensiones en el Mediterráneo Oriental y la injerencia militar de Turquía en el Cáucaso, Siria y Libia, con el acuerdo sobre refugiados de 2015 como telón de fondo, se cuentan entre los problemas más acuciantes. Preguntamos a diversos expertos cómo debe Bruselas replantear su relación con Ankara.

in: politicaexterior.com, 15.10.2020
Ilke Toygür

Varosha: nuevo frente entre Chipre y Turquía

Con Ilke Toygür, analista del Real Instituto Elcano, analizamos la reciente decisión de la autoproclamada República Turca del Norte de Chipre de reabrir la playa de Varosha, en Famagusta, a pocos días de las elecciones presidenciales. La playa permanecía cerrada desde la invasión de 1974. La decisión complica la ya tensa relación entre Chipre y Turquía, que es el único país reconoce al llamado Chipre del Norte como Estado.

Cinco continentes, moderated by María Eulate, in: rtve.es, 09.10.2020 (audio)
Ritula Shah

Turkey flexes on the world stage

The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has taken on a new dimension with the alleged involvement of the Turkish military. Armenia says one of its fighter jets was shot down by a Turkish aircraft over the disputed central Asian region of Nagorno-Karabakh. In the summer, France accused the Turkish navy of confronting one of its frigates in pursuit of a vessel suspected of taking arms to Libya. Meanwhile Turkey's understanding with Russia and Iran over the war in Syria has strained its ties with Washington, as well as several Gulf countries. So do these events suggest that Ankara is becoming more assertive in its foreign policy? Or is this the reaction of a country that finds itself isolated and is being forced to act in order to preserve its interests? Does Turkey still see a future in NATO? And what is the long term vision of president Erdogan; are his critics right to accuse him of trying to return the country to its Ottoman past?

Discussion led by Ritula Shah, contributors: Selim Yenel, Ilke Toygur, Suat Kiniklioglu, Ian Lesser, Ilnur Cevik, Anastasios Chatzivasileiou, The Real Story Podcast, in: bbc.co.uk, 01.10.2020 (Podcast)

Media quotes (selection):

Diego Cupolo

NATO chief presses for calm in East Med, cease-fire in south Caucasus

During a visit to Ankara Monday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg voiced support for de-confliction efforts between Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean while calling for a cease-fire in the southern Caucasus.

in: al-monitor.com, 05.10.2020
Lluís Miquel Hurtado

La era del expansionismo neo otomano de Erdogan

El conflicto del Alto Karabaj ilustra la nueva estrategia de Ankara para ganar influencia política en Oriente Próximo. Con el despliegue de drones y tropas sobre el terreno ya está presente en Siria, Libia, Afganistán, Irak y Kosovo

in: elmundo.es, 04.10.2020

SWP Comments

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


Dimitar Bechev, Suat Kınıklıoğlu
Turkey and Russia: No Birds of the Same Feather


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