Gunter Seufert

Dr. Günter Seufert is head of the Centre for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS) at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

On Ukraine, Turkey Is Moving Cautiously Toward the West

Just days before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the chief commentator of the Turkish daily Sabah, Mehmet Barlas, summed up his assessment of the situation with the sentence, “If we had to reckon with a war, President Erdogan would not have left today for a four-day trip to Africa.” He added that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, is in constant contact with... Continue Reading

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After "Worthy Solitude": Turkey is Backpedaling on its Foreign Policy

Realizing its past mistakes, Turkey could become an easier foreign policy partner. Even the supporters of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are disappointed with the results from Ahmet Davutoglu’s foreign policy. Only 53 percent of AKP voters agree with his Syria policy; in total, 56 percent of Turks are opposed to it. However, not only with regards to Syria,... Continue Reading

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