Current CATS Fellows

Prof. Dr. M. Murat Erdoğan

Apr 2022 - Dec 2022

M. Murat Erdoğan is a CATS Fellow at German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP) and Faculty Member of Political Science Faculty of Ankara University and Director of Mülkiye Migration Research Centre. He was at Turkish German University (2017-2022) and Hacettepe University (1987-2017).

His academic research interests include voluntary and forced migration, refugees, and people of Turkish origin living abroad, EU, political cartoons, political behaviour and Turkish foreign policy. He conducts comprehensive public opinion research on a regular basis and publishes particularly the “Euro-Turks-Barometer” on Turkish diaspora in Europe, and the “Syrians Barometer” on Syrians in Turkey. He is a member of UNESCO-Turkey, board member of ISC of Metropolis International and the President of IGAM-Academy.

His research projects at CATS aims to examine firstly political behavior of Turkish society (“diaspora”) in Germany and secondly social cohesion process of Syrian refugees in Turkey and Germany.


Nebahat Tanrıverdi Yaşar

Mar 2022 - Nov 2022

Nebahat Tanrıverdi Yaşar is a CATS Fellow at German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP) and a freelance researcher. Previously, she was an IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellow at CATS  in-between 2020 and 2021.

Her main research areas include Turkish foreign policy, Turkey and the North African States, Turkey's policies towards the African States,  Security and defence policy, transition processes in the region. She was a researcher in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM), a research center based in Ankara (2010-2015). Previously, she worked with PANAROMA, a foreign policy journal, FTN News Agency, and the UAE Embassy in Ankara.

Her research project at CATS aims to examine the current status of the economic, political, and social policies of Turkey and China in Africa and to explore the interactions between China and Turkey in Africa.

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 / Feb 22 - Oct 23

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 PhD 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

Sep 20 - Jun 21/ Jul 21 - Jun 22

Dr. Ilke Toygür is CATS Fellow at German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP). She was Analyst of European Affairs at Elcano Royal Institute and 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.