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From energy relations to issues related to Syrian refugees in Turkey, the Atlantic Council in Turkey’s in-depth research serves to enlighten transatlantic policymakers and business leaders on issues about Turkey.

Do Seagulls Migrate?

Do Seagulls Migrate? an Atlantic Council Documentary

As the Syrian civil war marks a decade of destruction and displacement, millions of refugees are forced to endure harrowing journeys and create new lives from scratch. Do Seagulls Migrate?, the Atlantic Council’s first ever documentary, chronicles the lives of four Syrian women who fled their war-torn homes to seek survival, prosperity, and a new life in Turkey. Do Seagulls Migrate? reveals the refugee experience first-hand as Reem, Khloud, Inam, and Reem M. share their emotional journeys, forge new experiences, care for their families, and build new careers.

Do Seagulls Migrate? has been selected for screening at four film festivals: Prague International Film Festival 2021, 10th Antakya International Film Festival, Germany International Film Festival 2023, Nice International Film Festival 2023, and the 7th Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival.




Dec 8, 2023

An introduction to regional perspectives on climate change: Gulf Cooperation Council and Turkey

By Dr. Serhat S. Çubukçuoğlu

Turkey and the GCC needs to build on the momentum of growing economic ties to bring collective gains in energy transition.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment


Dec 8, 2023

How GCC and Turkey can go together toward a sustainable future

By Eser Özdil

While Turkey has ambitious green-energy transition strategies and projects, they need to cooperate with the GCC to overcome the financial and capacity challenges.

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions


Dec 8, 2023

Forging a collaborative energy transition between GCC and Turkey

By Mouza Almarzooqi

Turkey and the GCC cannot self-achieve energy transition. Nations need to plan how to join forces for diversifying energy sources and reducing carbon footprints in the region.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment


Dec 8, 2023

Charting energy transitions in the Eastern Mediterranean and Arabian Peninsula

By Karim Elgendy

While Turkey and the GCC have different renewable energy motivations, they need to evolve and combine experience and resources for energy security and sustainability.

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance


Dec 8, 2023

EV adoption could drive collaboration for renewable energy in Turkey and GCC

By Melek Öztürk

Turkey and the GCC have ambitious environmental targets. Here is how a collaboration on renewable energy and EV adoption can help with achieving those targets.

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions


Dec 8, 2023

Prospects for cooperation in energy transition for a sustainable future: GCC, Turkey, and regional perspectives

By Atlantic Council IN TURKEY & TRENDS Research and Advisory

An essay series exploring partnership between the GCC countries and Turkey to accelerate the energy transition and clean-energy deployment.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment


Dec 6, 2023

Erdoğan’s rhetoric on the conflict in Gaza puts much more than the Israel-Turkey relationship at risk

By Tulin Daloglu

The president's shifted rhetoric towards Israel may impact Turkey's credibility in the region as a power broker.

Conflict Israel

New Atlanticist

Dec 5, 2023

The Biden administration finally has a Black Sea security strategy. It’s what comes next that matters.

By Arnold C. Dupuy

The Biden administration’s strategy on Black Sea security is coming into focus. It will take time and strong partnerships to execute.

Crisis Management Eastern Europe

In the News

Nov 3, 2023

Rich Outzen joins Middle East Eye to discuss IDF Strategy in Gaza

Conflict Middle East


Nov 2, 2023

The West must learn from Turkey’s transformation from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire to a rising middle power

By Pınar Dost

The Turkish Republic is celebrating its hundredth anniversary. Here is a look back at the centenary and what the new era may bring.

Political Reform Politics & Diplomacy