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Network Partners

CATS Network will facilitate regular exchanges among participant institutions and researchers to better understand how Europe, as a set of diverse actors, relates to Turkey and how developments in Turkey will impact the future of Europe. To this end, CATS Network partners will gather at annual conferences.



The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University pursues applied and policy-oriented research on a number of pressing international challenges. It aims to increase understanding, promote debate, and enhance cooperation in the areas of foreign policy, security, governance, youth leadership, and sustainable development, inter alia, with a geographical focus on the European Union, Turkey, and their immediate neighbourhoods.

Carnegie Europe was founded in 2007 and has become the go-to source for European foreign policy analysis in Brussels on topics ranging from Turkey to the Middle East and the Eastern neighborhood to security and defense. Carnegie Europe’s strong team of scholars provides unparalleled depth of analysis and thoughtful, carefully crafted policy recommendations on the strategic issues facing the European Union and its member states.

The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) is an independent, non-governmental, nonprofit think tank, established in Athens, Greece, in 1988. Its mission is to conduct policy-oriented research and provide policy makers, academics and the public with authoritative information and substantiated policy recommendations, to contribute to the development of evidence-based responses to major European and foreign policy challenges.

The Elcano Royal Institute is the leading Spanish think tank specialised in international and strategic studies conducted from a Spanish, European and global perspective. Created in 2001 as a private foundation, the Institute’s organisational structure balances public and private interests. Its research is organised along thematic and geographical lines. It has a multidisciplinary team of analysts and a wide-ranging network of associated experts.

Founded in 1979, Ifri is the leading independent research and debate institution in France dedicated to the analysis of international issues and global governance. Ifri's expertise is intended for political and economic decision-makers as well as academics, opinion leaders and civil society representatives. Ifri is ranked 3rd most influential think tank in the world according to the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Think Tank Report 2019”.

Economic Development Foundation (IKV) is a non-governmental, non-profit research organisation founded in 1965. It aims to contribute to Turkey’s external relations particularly its relations with and gradual integration to the European Union by way of its research, publication and dissemination activities. It is based in Istanbul with a representative Office in Brussels. IKV hosts an EU documentation center and the Istanbul EU Information Center.

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is an academic Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and a policy think tank that focuses on the European Union in an international setting. The Institute advances academic education and research in various disciplines, and provides services to policy-makers, scholars, stakeholders and the general public.

The Institute of International Relations (I.I.R.) of Panteion University of Athens was established in 1989. Its goal is the promotion of research and activity in the field of International Relations, Politics, Security and Defense, Democratization and Human Rights, as well as Economics with a special focus on the European Union, Southeastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East region. Furthermore, I.I.R. is fostering the development of networks among academics, diplomats, policymakers and students.

International Relations Council of Turkey (IRCT) is a non-profit association of IR scholars, diplomats and practitioners, established in 2004, to conduct projects, conferences and educational programs. Major activities of IRCT are a biannual Convention since 2005, quarterly journal Uluslararası İlişkiler, indexed by SSCI, the Security Academy since 2008, the Foreign Policy Academy since 2015, Security Portal since 2019, and regular seminars, conferences, brainstorming events.”

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) is a global policy research institution that specializes in key social and political issues ranging from democratization to climate change, transatlantic relations to conflict resolution and mediation. Since 2001, IPC has provided decision makers, opinion leaders, and other major stakeholders with objective analyses and innovative policy recommendations.

IstanPol is an Istanbul based independent think tank focusing on democratization, human and social development, and foreign policy. IstanPol aims to influence the policy-making processes through research-based analyses and inclusive policy proposals. IstanPol brings in the perspectives of young scholars on policy agendas by collaborating with senior experts in academia, civil society, and public institutions.  

IAI is a private, independent non-profit think tank, founded in 1965 on the initiative of Altiero Spinelli. It seeks to promote awareness of international politics and contribute to the advancement of European integration and multilateral cooperation. IAI is part of a vast international network, and interacts and cooperates with the government and its ministries, European and international institutions, universities, major national economic actors, the media and the most authoritative international think tanks.

The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) is a leading Central European think tank that positions itself between the world of politics and independent analysis. PISM provides analytical support to decisionmakers and diplomats, initiates public debate and disseminates expert knowledge about contemporary international relations. The work of PISM is guided by the conviction that the decision-making process in international relations should be based on knowledge that comes from reliable and valid research.

Turkish-German University (TAU) is a Turkish state university that was founded by an intergovernmental agreement between Turkey and Germany in 2010. With its unique structure TAU aims to combine the finest features of Turkish & German higher education traditions. TAU can build on the experience of a consortium of more than 30 German universities, including Free University Berlin & University of Cologne.

Turkish German University Research Center for Migration and Integration-TAGU was founded in 2017 as a subject-specific research center of the Rectorate. TAGU intends to respond to the needs of the rapidly growing migration research in the world and Turkey. TAGU also aims to provide scientific contributions to the relations between Turkey and Germany. The TAGU is a multidisciplinary migration research center and has two important areas: 1. Refugees in Turkey and Europe. 2. Turkish migrants and diaspora in Europe.

The Women in Foreign Policy (WFP14) Initiative of Turkey was established to promote women’s voices on security issues; to encourage female participation in foreign policy decision-making at all levels, with bottom-up and nonhierarchical approaches. WFP14 aims to include women’s perspectives in all areas of international relations by encouraging young women to become leaders in foreign policy fields.