Dr. Sinem Adar

Dr. Sinem Adar

Research Division: Turkey/CATS


02/2019 - 10/2019 Einstein Fellow at Humboldt University of Berlin

08/2017 - 12/2018 IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellow at SWP 

10/2015 - 07/2017 Early Career Fellow (Human Rights, Constitutional Politics and Religious Diversity), Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Göttingen

08/2013 - 08/2015 Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida 

09/2007 - 05/2014 PhD (Sociology), Department of Sociology, Brown University

Areas of Expertise:

Turkish Diaspora Policy, Turkish Refugee Policy, Turkish Domestic Politics, Migration, Nation- and State-Building

SWP Publications (selection):

Sinem Adar

Repatriation to Turkey’s “Safe Zone” in Northeast Syria

Ankara’s Goals and European Concerns

SWP Comment 2020/C 01, January 2020, 4 Pages


Sinem Adar

Rethinking Political Attitudes of Migrants from Turkey and Their Germany-Born Children

Beyond Loyalty and Democratic Culture

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 07, June 2019, 30 Pages


External Publications (selection):

Sinem Adar, Yektan Türkyılmaz

The decline of Erdoğanist authoritarianism: a new chance for “democratization” in Turkey?

The Istanbul municipal elections might be the beginning of the post-Erdoğan period. But is it the end of authoritarianism?

in: opendemocracy.net, 16.08.2019
Sinem Adar

Religious difference, nationhood and citizenship in Turkey: public reactions to an interreligious marriage in 1962

in: The History of the Family, Volume 24, 2019 - Issue 3: Romantic Relationships across Boundaries: Global and Comparative, p. 520-538.

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

Sinem Adar

Idlib’s Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe

Turkey’s decision to open its borders with Europe is a tactic to pressure the EU for support in Idlib. Despite Ankara’s violations of democratic norms, the humanitarian situation in Idlib requires the international community’s support. An assessment by Sinem Adar.

Point of View, 02.03.2020
Sinem Adar

EU-Turkey Cooperation over Migration

Despite its recent threats, Ankara is signalling interest in cooperating on migration governance. In the likely continuation of the Statement, the EU should link the implementation of the Statement to issues of rule of law. An Assessment by Sinem Adar

Point of View, 24.01.2020
Sinem Adar

“Cumhur İttifakı’nın Söylemleri 31 Mart’ı Referanduma Dönüştürdü”

Analysis of the March 31 Municipal elections

Interview with Haluk Kalafat (in Turkish), in: bianet.org, 19.04.2019

Media quotes (selection):

Bethan McKernan

Turbulence for Turkey as breakaway parties make gains on Erdoğan

in: theguardian.com, 13.01.2020
Bethan McKernan

Turkey hails Erdoğan a hero as death toll mounts in border war

Kurds and Syrians bear the brunt in a relentless conflict meant to carve out a so-called ‘safe zone’

in: guardian.com, 19.10.2019

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