Cengiz Çandar is MENA Senior Associate Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).
His 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.
Çandar is the author of seven books in Turkish language, mainly on Middle East issues (published in 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2001, 2012). He contributed to American periodicals like Journal of Democracy, Wilson Quarterly and Journal of Palestine Studies. His forthcoming book Turkey’s Mission Impossible: War and Peace with the Kurds will be a Lexington Books publication (Maryland, U.S.) in 2019. He also contributed to Turkey Handbook to be published by Routledge, London in 2018 by a chapter entitled Turkey’s Perennial Kurdish Question and Failed Peace Processes.