The Turkey Observatory
Putting forward high quality information on the shifts and changes taking place in contemporary Turkey
The Turkey Observatory's main objective is to sustain a regular flux of information provided by esteemed experts. This allows us to account for the rapid transformations that affect today's Turkish society, economy and political world.
This information can be accessed on Ifri's website where we regularly post "notes d'analyses"- short papers (5-6 pages long) tackling topical issues. These notes are produced by Turkish researchers and analysts, and by experts on Turkey and its immediate regional environment. Every note is commented on by another expert in the form of a short interview, in order to provide a counter-perspective to the points made in the note. This allows the expression of different, competing points of view and thus launches a debate on the important issues Turkey is facing.
Although it priviledges a policy oriented and contemporary analysis, the Observatory whithin the Contemporary Turkey Program also tackles the historical and sociological dimension of things, in order to better understand present developments in Turkey. The program will tackle both substantive and conjunctural issues.
On July 20, 2021, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan celebrated with his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Ersin Tatar the 47th anniversary of the Turkish military intervention in Northern Cyprus. This ceremony marks the strategic reinvestment of the Cypriot file by Turkey.
Back to “the Tradition”: Turkey’s Changing Position from a Federal to a Two-State Solution to the Cyprus Conflict Notes de l'Ifri, July 2021
When it came to power in 2002, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) defended a bicommunal, federal solution for Cyprus, and supported the Annan Plan to reunite the island.
A saying claims that trade has no religion; it even adapts to a war situation, as demonstrated by the real-time reorganisation of trade channels at the Turkish-Syrian border.
Developing economic relations with GCC countries has become a consistent objective of the Turkish government since the coming in power of AKP. They have been successful in rallying part of the Turkish business community to this objective, thus building an internal social consensus towards...
The Gezi protest movement gripped Turkey throughout the summer of 2013 and reignited observers’ interest in Turkey’s left-wing activist groups, which participated in the protests.