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Turkey Project

This project is designed to enable policy-makers and decision-makers to gain a better understanding of Turkey as a country-in-transition Much of the academic and policy research on Turkey in the United States and Europe concentrates either on its geostrategic importance or more narrowly on the domestic challenges facing the country. Far less attention is focused on the intricate link between Turkey's internal political, economic and social development and their implications for the role that Turkey will play in the long-term stability and development of surrounding regions.

This project considers the implications of Turkey as a country in the midst of dynamic political and economic changes, and the repercussions of its interactions with Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Black Sea region. The focus is not only on Turkey's wider regional context, but also on a number of its vital bilateral relationships, including its European Union accession process and its delicate ties with Russia.

Research Areas

  • Assessing the interaction between Turkey's internal evolution and its strategic regional role
  • Understanding the evolution of the Turkish economy and the role that the Turkish private sector will play in fostering closer economic relations with its regional neighbours and global partners
  • Analysing and contributing to the debates over Turkey's EU membership negotiations


IstanbulTurkey's Economy 
Without productivity-enhancing reforms, Turkey's growth potential will be limited, says this new paper by Fadi Hakura.

TurkeyRisks for Turkey
The ultimate determinant of Erdoğan's staying power will be the state of the Turkish economy rather than anti-government protests, writes Fadi Hakura for CNN.

TurkeyExpanding Influence
As instability undermines the Arab states established in the post-First World War map of the Middle East, a now vigorous Turkey is taking a new look at the region, writes Hugh Pope in The World Today. Read.


Turkey's EU Accession Looks Increasingly Unlikely
Expert Comment
Fadi Hakura, November 2013

After the Boom: Risks to the Turkish Economy
Briefing Paper
Fadi Hakura, August 2013

Why Turkey's Protests are No Arab Spring

Fadi Hakura, June 2013 

Into the Quagmire: Turkey's Frustrated Syria Policy
Briefing Paper
Christopher Phillips, December 2012

Turkey's Middle East Policy: Too Ambitious?
Expert Comment
Fadi Hakura, September 2012 

Turkey and the Middle East: Internal Confidence, External Assertiveness
Briefing Paper
Fadi Hakura, November 2011 

On Europe's Fringes: Russia, Turkey and the European Union
Briefing Paper
Philip Hanson, July 2011

Egypt Crisis: Is Turkey a Model?
Expert Comment
Fadi Hakura, February 2011

Turkey: Moving East or West?
The World Today
Fadi Hakura, March 2010

Turkey, Russia and the Caucasus: Common and Diverging Interests
Briefing Paper
Gareth Winrow, November 2009


Turkey's Political and Economic Outlook: Opportunities and Challenges
16 May 2013
Fadi Hakura, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Bahadır Kaleağası, International Coordinator, Turkish Industry and Business Association (Tüsiad), Turkey

Turkey's Perspective on the Eastern Mediterranean
18 April 2013
Dr Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, President, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2010-12); Member of Parliament, Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey

Turkey: An Economic Role Model for the Middle East and North Africa
11 March 2013
Numan Kurtulmuş, Deputy Vice-Chairman for Economic Affairs, Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey 

Turkey and the Middle East: A Changing Relationship
1 March 2013

Turkey and the Neighbourhood in Transition
Istanbul Roundtable
15-16 September 2012 

Turkey-Africa Relations
14 April 2011

Turkey's Foreign Policy in a Changing World
2 March 2011
Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, Opposition Leader and President of the Republican People's Party, Turkey

The Role of Transatlantic Relations in the New World Order
8 July 2010
HE Ahmet Davutoğlu, Foreign Minister, Republic of Turkey

Turkey's Foreign Policy
17 June 2010

A New Era of Stability or Instability? Changes in the Global Political and Economic Order
Istanbul Roundtable
11-13 June 2010

Cyprus Peace Negotiations: The Turkish Cypriot Perspective
4 December 2009
HE Mehmet Ali Talat, Turkish Cypriot Leader

The Global Economic Crisis: A Time for Foreign Investment in Turkey?
21 October 2009
Alpaslan Korkmaz, President, Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT)

Turkey's Next Steps
19 October 2009
Martti Ahtisaari, Chairman, Independent Commission on Turkey; former President of Finland; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2008
Albert Rohan, Rapporteur, Independent Commission on Turkey; former Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs, Austria

The Global Economic Crisis and Turkey
3 April 2009
HE Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey


Chatham House is grateful to Akbank, one of Turkey's preeminent banks, for its support and partnership on the Turkey Project.

Istanbul Roundtable

The Istanbul Roundtable is an annual high-level meeting that brings together an exclusive group of global leaders from the worlds of business, politics and civil society to discuss international issues of critical importance to global growth and security.

Chatham House has chosen to establish the Roundtable in Istanbul because the city increasingly embodies some of the key cross-currents between a long-standing Atlantic community of nations and those to the city's east whose recent rise is redefining international relations.

All discussions in the Istanbul Roundtable are held under the Chatham House Rule.

Partners and Sponsors

The Istanbul Roundtable is sponsored by the following partners:

  • Akbank
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Bloomberg
  • Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey


The Turkey Project is run by Fadi Hakura, Associate Fellow at Chatham House. If you would like to find out more about the project, please contact:

Fadi Hakura
+44 (0)7970 172541
Email Fadi Hakura

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