The Atlantic Council IN TURKEY, which is in charge of the Turkey program, aims to promote and strengthen transatlantic engagement with the region by providing a high-level forum and pursuing programming to address the most important issues on energy, economics, security, and migration.



Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The EU must begin to show Turkey some respect

Turkey, the EU, and the United States have more in common than we do not in common, and the stakes are higher than anyone in these crazy times seems to understand. It is now high time that the EU and its member states treated Turkey as an accession-negotiating candidate and a strategic partner rather than as a rival.

TURKEYSource by Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı

European Union Turkey
refugee resilience

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Turkey offers blueprint for future migrant crises

Turkey hopes the relatively successful integration of some four million Syrian war refugees into its economy will inspire other countries straining under a sudden, massive influx of migrants.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Conflict Migration
refugee resilience

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Turkey’s Refugee Resilience: Expanding and Improving Solutions for the Economic Inclusion of Syrians in Turkey

Since 2014, Turkey has not only hosted the world’s largest refugee population but has also modeled a best practice for the global refugee policy discussion. Turkey’s experience on the key issues such as jobs and employment should be examined as lessons for both refugee hosting countries and donor countries alike.

Report by Bastien Revel

Conflict Crisis Management

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Turkey and the West: With friends like these

Turkey benefits from significant funding from Europe, enjoys a customs union with the EU, and participates in attractive European partnerships on education and research. Europe also supports Turkey financially for welcoming millions of Syrian refugees on its soil. All this looks like a cloudless sky, doesn’t it? Well, not exactly.

Op-Ed by Nathalie Loiseau

Europe & Eurasia Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

Libya’s future depends on constructive, not destructive, international involvement

Turkey’s strong support for Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj's UN-recognized administration, however, may have at least spared the country from falling into the wrong sphere of influence. But getting to a lasting peace in Libya will require the constructive involvement of all the actors who have a stake in Libya’s future.

TURKEYSource by Mehmet Öğütçü

Conflict Libya

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

Turkey weekly news roundup – July 8, 2020

Below is a selection of articles on Turkey we have been following, covering the most important issues over the past week. Trilateral meeting on Syria EU-Turkey Relations US-Turkey defense ties: F-35

Turkey News Roundup by Atlantic Council in Turkey


Wed, Jul 1, 2020

Global value chain disruptions: Challenges and opportunities

As one of its immediate impacts, the pandemic disrupted global supply chains and suppressed economic activities across the world, rekindling discussions about deglobalization. While these discussions do have some merits, declaring the end of globalization would be too naïve—there are still opportunities in competitive countries, like Turkey, for maintaining the globalized economy.

TURKEYSource by Necmettin Kaymaz

Economy & Business International Markets

Fri, Jun 12, 2020

A time to keep allies as allies

Despite the many challenges both sides face separately and together, the world cannot afford to allow this relationship to be ruptured beyond repair. Valuing an important friendship has always been important and treating them as such has never been more crucial than right at this moment. Let's hope both sides have gotten that message loud and clear.

TURKEYSource by Namık Tan

Politics & Diplomacy Turkey

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

Lifting the UN arms embargo on Iran: Insights into Turkey’s options

A particular issue of concern to Turkey is whether Moscow might choose to supply advanced weapons systems to Iran, which Tehran has long sought.

IranSource by Şaban Kardaş

Iran Middle East

Fri, Jun 5, 2020

How to maximize Syrian refugee economic inclusion in Turkey

Turkey’s experience on the key issues such as jobs and employment should be examined as lessons for both refugee hosting countries and donor countries alike. The country has provided Syrians under Temporary Protection the right to access work permits and formal employment. But more can be done to help facilitate refugees' access to decent employment.

TURKEYSource by Bastien Revel

Inclusive Growth Migration