Dr. Salim Çevik

Dr. Salim Çevik

Research Division: Turkey/CATS


2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow at Lund University Center for Middle Eastern Studies (Sweden)

2013-2016 Lecturer at Ipek University Political Science Department (Turkey)

2011-2012 Visting Scholar at Lund University Center for Middle Eastern Studies (Sweden)

2009-2011 Research Assitant at Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)

2008-2009 Visting Scholar at Columbia University (USA)

Areas of Expertise:

State and Religion, Islamist Movement, Political Islam, Domestic Politics, Populism, Nationalism, Turkey in the Middle East

SWP Publications (selection):

Salim Çevik

Erdoğan’s Comprehensive Religious Policy

Management of the Religious Realm in Turkey

SWP Comment 2019/C 12, March 2019, 8 Pages


Salim Çevik

The Future of Opposition in Turkey

Overcoming Identity Politics Is the Key for Success

SWP Comment 2018/C 35, August 2018, 4 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Salim Çevik

İdeal Yurttaşın Din ve Millet Kriteri. Muhafazakar Dusunce.

(Religion and Nationality as Markers of the Ideal Citizen)

in: Muhafazakar Düşünce, year 5, vol.18, Autum 2008, p. 147-166.

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

Salim Çevik

Political Implications of the Hagia Sophia Reconversion

With his announcement that the Hagia Sophia will be reconverted into a mosque, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan is seeking to foment identity conflict for political gain. Thus far, the opposition has avoided the trap and declined to enter this fight. Salim Çevik argues that Europe should do the same.

Point of View, 17.07.2020
Salim Çevik

Turkey Preparing Early Release in Response to Crisis – Will Political Prisoners Be Excluded?

Ankara is discussing measures to reduce prison overcrowding in response to the corona pandemic. Despite broad support for the legislation, prisons will remain crowded. The central debate concerns the government’s intention to exclude political prisoners from the programme. An assessment by Salim Çevik.

Point of View, 08.04.2020
Marina Zapf

Warum die Unzufriedenheit mit Erdogan wächst

Die Corona-Krise wird für den türkischen Präsidenten zur Bewährungsprobe. Längst bringen sich Gegenspieler in Stellung und greifen an, wo Erdogan verwundbar ist. Ein Interview mit dem Türkei-Experten Salim Cevik.

Interview mit Marina Zapf, in: capital.de, 03.04.2020
Salim Çevik

Short- and Long-Term Impacts of the Escalation in Idlib

The current escalation in Idlib between Turkish and Russian-backed Syrian forces has two dimensions: the immediate Turkish involvement in Syria and the broader Turkish-Russian rapprochement. An assessment by Salim Çevik.

Point of View, 12.02.2020

SWP Comments

Fabian Burkhardt
Russia’s “Passportisation” of the Donbas

The Mass Naturalisation of Ukrainians Is More Than a Foreign Policy Tool

Andrea Frenzel, Nadine Godehardt
Improving Europe’s China Competence

On the Significance of China Competence for German and European Policy on China

SWP Research Papers

Muriel Asseburg
Reconstruction in Syria

Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States

Guido Steinberg
Regional Power United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Is No Longer Saudi Arabia’s Junior Partner