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May 18, 2020

“Our Humanity Brings Us Together”: A Syrian woman entrepreneur in Gaziantep launches an intercommunal campaign to support families economically touched by COVID-19

By Pınar Dost

Lobna Helli formed a ten-person team consisting mostly of women and started a movement called "Our humanity brings us together." They facilitate connections between Syrian and Turkish families who either want to offer financial support or need financial help. With the funds they collect, they buy grocery cards worth one hundred Turkish lira and distribute them to those in need. They have reached more than one hundred families, so far.

Entrepreneurship Migration


Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus is exacerbating the precarious situation of Syrian refugees and IDPs

By Pınar Dost

As the countries across the world attempt to grapple with the unfolding pandemic, there is a real risk of overlooking the situation of refugees, who due to their living conditions are among the most vulnerable to a serious outbreak. The pandemic comes at a particularly precarious time as the future of Idlib and the EU-Turkey migration deal are in doubt.

Coronavirus Human Rights

New Atlanticist

Mar 10, 2020

Idlib presents Europe with another migration test

By David A. Wemer

"The case should be made for a partial reengagement of Europe towards Turkey," Ambassador Michel Duclos says. "A coalition of willing should help Turkey—especially in the field of counterterrorism—to assure an effective implementation of the Moscow agreement as the only way to avoid the above scenario of a reconquest of the region by Assad."

Conflict European Union

Pınar Dost is the Istanbul-based deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Turkey Program, Atlantic Council IN TURKEY. A historian of international relations, she is a lecturer at İstanbul Bilgi University. Her research interests are mainly focused on the fields of modern Turkish diplomatic history, US-Turkish relations, Turkish foreign policy, and migration. Among other responsibilities, she leads the work on migration. Throughout her career she has combined academic life with project management and programming at research organizations. A teacher trainer on issues such as human rights, discrimination, and history of genocides, she is specifically interested in the Holocaust education with regards to different national contexts and post-conflict societies in dealing with the past. She holds a PhD and an MA on the History of International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Galatasaray University in Istanbul. Her dissertation is entitled “The Origins of the American Preponderance in Turkey from 1939 to 1947.” She is the author of Le bon dictateur. L’image de Mustafa Kemal Atatürk en France (1939-1938) [The Good Dictator. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s Image in France] (Libra, 2014) and contributed to various books and academic journals with articles on her research areas. Pınar speaks French and Turkish.