Current Fellows

Galip Dalay

Apr 2021 - Mar 2022

Galip Dalay is a CATS Fellow, an associate fellow at Chatham House, a doctoral researcher in the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford, non-resident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) and was a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow in 2020-2021.

His current research focuses on the question of regionalism, regional order and governance in the Middle East, Turkish politics, Turkish foreign policy, regional Kurdish politics, Middle Eastern politics, Turkish -Russian and history and politics of Turkish -Western/European relations, and history of post-colonial and post-imperial forms of internationalism.

Dalay’s pieces and analysis have appeared on Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Project Syndicate, Newsweek, Le Monde, Al Jazeera, Open Democracy, Middle East Eye and The World Politics Review.

Dr. Tuba Eldem

Feb 21 - Jan 22

Dr. Tuba Eldem is a CATS Fellow at German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP) and an assistant professor of Political Science and International Relations at Fenerbahçe University. She holds a Ph.D in Political Science from University of Toronto (2013) and carried post-doctoral research at the Research College of the Transformative Power of Europe, Freie Universität, Berlin.

Her main research areas are Turkish politics and Turkish defense and security policy, civil-military relations, Turkey-NATO relations, non-traditional security threats, cybersecurity and geopolitics of cyberspace. Her research project at CATS focuses on the relevance of NATO for the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkey’s future in NATO.

Dr. Ilke Toygür

Oct 20 - Jun 22

Dr. Ilke Toygür is Analyst of European Affairs at Elcano Royal Institute and CATS Fellow at German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP). Ilke has been a Visiting Researcher in European University Institute (EUI), University of Mannheim, and Brookings Institution.

Her main research areas include Turkish politics and Turkish foreign policy, European integration, Euroscepticism, political parties and elections in Western Europe, Geopolitics of Europe and transatlantic relations.

Her research project at CATS aims to dismantle EU institutions’ positions when it comes to foreign policy challenges presented by Turkey.

Former Fellows

Kaan Şahin

Apr 2021 - Sep 2021

Kaan Şahin is currently working as CATS Fellow in the Policy Planning Unit at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office since April 2021.

His work focuses on geopolitics and technology, digital sovereignty, and foreign policy in cyberspace. He has been a research fellow for technology and foreign policy at the German Council on Foreign Policy (DGAP). During his time at the DGAP, he was seconded to the Federal Foreign Office as Strategic Advisor for Cyber Diplomacy/EU Presidency. Previously, he worked with Deloitte in the area of cyber risk and the public sector. Prior to that, he received the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs and specialized in strategies to combat hybrid threats. In this capacity, he was based with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Special Representative of the OSCE for the Southern Caucasus, Carnegie Europe, and at NATO Headquarters.

Suat Kınıklıoğlu

Oct 19 - Oct 20 / Feb 21 - Jul 21

Suat Kınıklıoğlu is a former member of the Turkish Parliament. He has been a visiting academic at Oxford University St. Antony’s College, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C. and resident scholar at the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago. Also, he was the founding executive director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Ankara office.

His main research areas are Turkish politics and Turkish foreign and security policy, Turkish-Russian relations, Turkey’s strategic identity and political traditions in Turkish politics and Turkey-U.S. relations.

His research project at CATS deals with Turkish neo-Eurasianism and Turkish-Russian relations.


Dr. Bezen Coşkun

Jun 20 - Feb 21

Dr. Bezen Coşkun is an expert in foreign policy. She received her Ph.D. degree from Loughborough University (UK). She has taught at higher education institutions and received several national and international research grants and fellowships, including Intercontinental Exchange on Leadership in Conflict Transformation Research Grant (2015), British Council Research Grant (2014), and GR:ENN European Commission FP7 Research Grant (2014).

Dr. Coşkun’s fields of interest are Turkish foreign policy, Turkish migration and refugee policies, conflict analysis, Human security, gender, and foreign policy. At CATS, she is conducting research for the project Turkey as a Partner and Challenge for European Security.

Alan Makovsky

Jul 20 - Dec 20

Alan Makovsky is a senior fellow for National Security and International Policy at Center for American Progress. From 1994 to 2001, he worked at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and founded and directed its Turkey Research Program. Alan has also served as a senior professional staff member on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives and worked in various capacities related to Turkey and the Middle East at the State Department.

Alan has written widely on Turkish politics. His recent publications focus on Syrian refugees in Turkey, Europe’s Turkish diaspora, and the media landscape in Turkey.

During his fellowship, he contributed to the project A comprehensive refugee strategy for Turkey and worked on US-Turkish relations.