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

“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
Bethan McKernan

The writing on the wall that could spell disaster for Erdoğan in Istanbul election

A shock mayoral win in March led the government to void elections. Polls suggest a new ballot on Sunday may boost the anti-government vote.

in: theguardian.com, 22.06.2019

SWP Comments

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

Ankara’s Goals and European Concerns

Can Kasapoğlu
Turkey’s Nuclear Onset

Military Policy, Techno-Nationalism Trends and Defence Industrial Capabilities

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