Current CATS Fellows

Prof. Erol Kaymak

Sep 2023 - Aug 2024

Erol Kaymak is a CATS Fellow at German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP). He is on leave at the Eastern Mediterranean University where he is Professor of International Relations. He has produced or contributed to reports on Cyprus published by the United Nations in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the Centre for European Studies (CEPS), CIVICUS, PRIO, as well as the Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD). 

He served as an advisory board member to the Turkish Cypriot negotiation team between 2010 and 2015. In 2004 Dr. Kaymak was a member of the technical committees that worked with the United Nations to finalize the settlement blueprint prior to submission to referenda. He is coordinator for the Cyprus Chapter of the Greek Turkish Forum. Dr. Kaymak is a former director of a Cyprus-based think tank, the Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD). 

His main area of research focuses on the Cyprus conflict, as well as the role of domestic, regional, and international actors in facilitating peaceful conflict resolution.

Dr. Salim Çevik

Jun 2023 - Mar 2024

Dr. Salim Çevik is a CATS fellow. He previously worked as CATS Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Prior to joining to SWP, he held research or teaching positions at Lund University (Sweden), Ipek University (Turkey), Bilgi University (Turkey) and Columbia University (USA). He earned his PhD degree in Political Science from Bilkent University (2015, Turkey).

His main area of research focusses on Turkish domestic politics and Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East and Africa.

Dr. Jens Bastian

Jul 2022 - Dec 2023

Dr. Jens Bastian is a CATS fellow and independent economic analyst. He also serves as Senior Policy Advisor at ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy) in Athens, Greece.

His work focuses on China’s expanding infrastructure investment and bank lending footprint in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.

From September 2011 to September 2013 he was appointed by the European Commission as a member of the Task Force for Greece. His previous professional experience includes working as Lead Economist for the European Agency for Reconstruction in Thessaloniki, Greece, at Alpha Bank in Athens, Greece, as well as various academic positions held at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, U.K., Nuffield College, Oxford and the London School of Economics, London, U.K. He received his Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in April 1993.