Suat Kınıklıoğlu

Suat Kınıklıoğlu

Research Division: Turkey/CATS
CATS Fellow

2018-2019 Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College Middle East Center, United Kingdom

2016-2018 Senior Fellow, Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm, Sweden

2015 Resident Fellow, University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Chicago, United States

2014-2015 Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Washington, United States

2007-2011 Member of Parliament, Turkish Grand National Assembly, Ankara, Turkey

1996-1999 Master in International Relations Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Areas of Expertise:

Russian Federation, Turkey, Migration, Nato

Turkish foreign and security policy, Turkish domestic policy, Turkey and Russia.

SWP Publications (selection):

Dimitar Bechev, Suat Kınıklıoğlu

Turkey and Russia: No Birds of the Same Feather

SWP Comment 2020/C 24, May 2020, 4 Pages


Suat Kınıklıoğlu

Syrian Refugees in Turkey: Changing Attitudes and Fortunes

SWP Comment 2020/C 05, February 2020, 4 Pages


External Publications (selection):

Suat Kınıklıoğlu

Les relations turco-russes: compartimentées, asymétriques et anti-hégémoniques

in: Turquie, de Atatürk à Erdogan, France Forum, n° 76, Avril 2020

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

Suat Kınıklıoğlu

Suat Kınıklıoğlu: Ankara NATO'yu Batı’ya karşı kalkan olarak kullanıyor

Siyasetçi, yazar Suat Kınıklıoğlu, Amerikalılar ve Avrupalıların, Ankara’nın NATO üyeliğini Batı’ya karşı bir koruyucu kalkan olarak kullandığını anlamaya başladığını söylüyor.

Interview by Ayşegül Karakülhancı, in:, 16.02.2021
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:, 01.10.2020 (Podcast)

Media quotes (selection):

Hannah Lucinda Smith

How Syria’s war turned Middle East power game on its head

The conflict has had big strategic implications for Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel, which have emerged as the region’s main players. Hannah Lucinda Smith reports.

in:, 22.03.2021
Layal Freije

Efter 10 års syrisk borgerkrig: Flygtningebørnene er ved at blive voksne – uden uddannelse og i fattigdom

Man kalder dem den tabte generation. Børnene, der er vokset op som flygtninge eller under bomberne i Syrien i de 10 år, borgerkrigen har varet. Et af de børn er 17-årige Ahmad, der har boet over 3 år som flygtning i Tyrkiet. Han har svært ved at læse og skrive, og der er ingen, der vil give ham et arbejde.

in:, 15.03.2021
Piotr Zalewski

The odd couple - Putin and Erdogan have formed a brotherhood of hard power

But the bond is brittle

in:, 27.02.2021
Hannah Lucinda Smith

Erdogan’s right flank under threat as faithful drift away

A party pitched at religious conservatives and led by the former prime minister could be enough to break the president’s grip on power, Hannah Lucinda Smith writes in Istanbul

in:, 19.12.2019
Kristina Jovanovski

Erdoğan’s Grip on Power Shows Cracks As Splinter Parties Emerge

A second splinter party from the Turkish president’s AKP is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, giving disenchanted conservative voters an alternative

in:, 17.12.2019

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