Cengiz Çandar

Cengiz Çandar

Senior Research Fellow

Cengiz Çandar is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).

Cengiz Çandar's research focuses, mainly, on the Kurdish affairs in a changing Middle East and Turkey’s Middle East policy. During his 40-year long career of journalism, he was considered as the leading Middle East expert in Turkey. He was a Special Advisor to President of Turkey, Turgut Özal on Foreign Policy (1991-1993), Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Fellow at The United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C. (1999-2000). He was an Adjunct Professor on the History of Modern Middle East and Current Middle East Politics for the senior classes at Istanbul Bilgi University (1997-1999), Istanbul Kültür University (2002-2010) and Özyeğin University in Istanbul (2011). Since May 2016, he has been the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the SUITS (Stockholm University Institute of Turkish Studies) in Sweden.

Cengiz is the author of seven books in Turkish language, mainly on Middle East issues (published in 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2001, 2012). He has contributed to American periodicals like Journal of Democracy, Wilson Quarterly and Journal of Palestine Studies. Cengiz has also contributed to important chapters in various books such as The Future of Turkish Foreign Policy (2004), Allies in Need: The United States and Turkey (2003) and Turkey's Transformation and American Policy (2000). 

Areas of Expertise 
Turkey, Turkish foreign policy, Greater Middle East (and MENA) history and politics, Balkan history, Kurdish affairs.

"Turkey’s Mission Impossible, War and Peace with the Kurds", Lexington Books, July 2020
"The Perennial Kurdish Question and Failed Peace Processes", The Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics, ed. Alpaslan Özerdem and Matthew Whiting, Routledge, 2019
"A New Turkey? Implications of the Failed Military Coup and Subsequent Political Coup", Horizons, Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development, Issue No. 8,  2016
"Leaving the Mountain – How may the PKK lay down arms? Freeing Kurdish Question from Violence", TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Foundation) Report, 2012

"Situational Update on Turkey", UI Podcast, 14 May, 2020
"Erdoğan’s War in Syria", UI Utrikesmagasinet, 8 March, 2020
"Konflikten i norra Syrien", SR Studio Ett, 15 October, 2019
"Kriget, flyktingarna och Europas gränser", SR Konflikt, 28 September, 2019
"The Kurdish “Other” and the American Enemy Ensure the Cohesion of Turkey’s Nationalist Regime", The Turkey Analyst, 14 February, 2019
"Iraq: From a failed state to the epicenter of change", UI Utrikesmagasinet, 5 December, 2018
"Turkey’s Kurds at the Crossroads: To the Political Graveyard of Turkey or To Be the Gravediggers of Turkish Autocracy?", The Turkey Analyst, 22 May, 2018
"New Turkey: Neo-nationalist or the reincarnation of the "old"?"The Turkey Analyst, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies, 20 December, 2017

Cengiz Çandar's articles in Al-Monitor

English, Turkish, colloquial Arabic, French and Kurdish (Kurmanji).


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